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Nurs Ethics. 2010 Mar;17(2):247-54. doi: 10.1177/0969733009351949.

Individual patient advocacy, collective responsibility and activism within professional nursing associations.

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  • 1Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI 48824, USA. margaretmahlin@yahoo.com

Abstract

The systemic difficulties of health care in the USA have brought to light another issue in nurse-patient advocacy - those who require care yet have inadequate or non-existent access. Patient advocacy has focused on individual nurses who in turn advocate for individual patients, yet, while supporting individual patients is a worthy goal of patient advocacy, systemic problems cannot be adequately addressed in this way. The difficulties nurses face when advocating for patients is well documented in the nursing literature and I argue that, through collective advocacy, professional nursing associations ought to extend the reach of individual nurses in order to address systemic problems in health care institutions and bureaucracies.

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20185448
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10.1177/0969733009351949
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