How to complete a nursing Advocacy Assignment (Solved)

How to complete a nursing Advocacy Assignment (Solved)

Consultation and collaboration with the patient

Patient communication and collaboration are essential for establishing and maintaining patient safety. These two aspects affect safety, the quality of nursing care, patient experience, and engagement throughout their recovery journey. According to Odom, Elliot, and Barrios (2021), when providing nursing care to hospitalized renal patients, communication and communication and collaboration with the renal staff is essential to ensure optimum nursing care founded on shared knowledge and is regularly delivered. The renal nurse must coordinate with other renal nurses in the unit who have information on the patient’s history, recent changes in patient status which are pertinent to the assigned renal nurse achieving his/her desired patient goals. Odom et al. (2021) state that collaboration among nurses caring for the same patient is highly associated with improved patient outcomes. Collaboration with other health professionals including nutritionists is significant in maintaining nutritional parameters within the desired limits, to avoid exacerbation of acute renal failure.

Additionally, it is important that the renal nurse communicates and collaborates with the patient and their family for better health outcomes. Understanding the patient, and their family needs, demonstrating cultural sensitivity, and being aware of the patient’s social determinant of health is key to delivering quality nursing care, and patient satisfaction (Odom et al., 2021). Using information obtained from the patient and their family, the renal nurse can provide patient-centered education regarding their diagnosis and its management, once they have demonstrated readiness to learn. Responding to patient and family questions and concerns at the earliest opportunity possible allays their worries and fears, thereby initiating interventions in time. Patients’ knowledge regarding their condition builds their confidence in self-management, thus speeding up the recovery process.

Renal nurse advocacy

A renal nurse has the most direct patient interaction, therefore, they are considered the most qualified to advocate for their patients, relaying their wishes and concerns to other members of the healthcare team (Abbasinia, Ahmadi & Kazemnejad, 2020). The renal nurse can advocate for the patient by informing other team members of the patient’s cultural or religious beliefs that might come in the way of healthcare delivery. For instance, some religions do not allow members to eat pork. Therefore, if it was part of the hospital diet, it could be replaced with another protein. It is the responsibility of the renal nurse to communicate with the kitchen team regarding this change.

Also, the renal nurse can advocate for the patient by treating them with dignity and respect. This shows that the nurse acknowledges and respects their rights. Explaining to the patient what is going on within the healthcare team is part of advocacy (Abassinia et al., 2020). The nurse should explain to the patient that they have a right to decline treatment procedures until they completely understand them. When other healthcare professionals use complicated medical jargon that the patient is not familiar with, the renal nurse advocates for the patient by interpreting the information in simple language.

The dietary restrictions in a renal patient can be complicated to comprehend and adopt in a daily routine (Beerappa & Chandrababu, 2019). As a renal nurse, I would organize for the nutritionist to meet with the family members and the patient and communicate with them regarding the recommended dietary requirements. Caregivers need to have the medical knowledge needed to maintain fluid and electrolytes within the normal limits even at home.


Abbasinia, M., Ahmadi, F., & Kazemnejad, A. (2020). Patient advocacy in nursing: A concept analysis. Nursing ethics27(1), 141-151.

Beerappa, H., & Chandrababu, R. (2019). Adherence to dietary and fluid restrictions among patients undergoing hemodialysis: An observational study. Clinical Epidemiology and Global Health7(1), 127-130.

Odom, B., Elliott, S., & Barrios, C. G. (2021). Promoting Patient and Nurse Safety in Acute Dialysis Units Through Advocacy and Collaboration. Nephrology Nursing Journal48(2).

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