Alexis O, Cooke J, Shimumbi L, Worsley A, 'The Role of the Nurse Advocate in Health and Social Care' Mediterranean Nursing and Midwifery Online first (2022) Abstract
This article documents the different forms of advocacy and highlights the importance of advocacy in the UK health- and social-care settings. It draws on a number of elements related to advocacy to demonstrate the challenges that nurses may encounter. Moreover, it identifies the skills and knowledge that nurses may use as being advocates for patients/clients and their families. The article makes a strong argument by highlighting that nurses are essential advocates and are duty-bound to adhere to their professional code of conduct. The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) Code clearly states that nurses must ensure that patients/clients and their families are protected, respected, treated with dignity, and are given the highest standard of person-centered care. This article has considered these in relation to nurse advocacy.