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Nurse advocate positions are liaisons between patients and doctors or other medical staff. They provide support to the patient by advocating for their wishes.
The main duty of a nurse advocate is to ensure patients fully understand their conditions. This includes explaining their diagnosis, teaching them about their illness and helping them to make decisions regarding their healthcare. In the event the doctor’s orders conflict with the patient’s wants, the nurse advocate works with both parties to find an alternative solution.
It is important for nurse advocates to be well versed in the latest trends in healthcare. This includes a comprehensive understanding of legislation, insurance policies, treatment options and new medications. Nurse advocate jobs are research-oriented positions as they are constantly searching for ways to ensure patients get the best treatment options for their medical needs.
To qualify for nurse advocate jobs, nurses should have a BSN with clinical experience. Work in social work, research, insurance and patient education can help candidates prepare for nurse advocacy positions. In most instances, nurse advocates work in hospitals, clinics or private practices.
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