Advocacy strategy

Identify advocacy strategies that you can use to create change in your current workplace.

Advocacy strategy

Surgery is a risky process that requires commitment, proper communication and
advocacy in order to be successful and to improve the outcome of future surgery. It needs to be
performed by a qualified professional upon a careful review of the process. Nurses and other
healthcare professionals need to ensure that the outcome of a surgery is a success by playing
their roles efficiently. Some the strategies for advocacy include communicating with the key
players in the health sector to come up with better policies, and efficient mechanisms of service
delivery, as well as lobbying those who are capable of making a difference.

Nurses working in surgery sections need to have the necessary competencies to handle
surgical care and ensure quality service delivery as well as the safety of the patients and the work
environment. Sticking to the protocols and the standards of the workplace as well as advocating
for the necessary changes that would positively impact the outcome of surgical process is highly
recommended for health care professions working in the surgery department. The nature of
advocacy keeps on evolving from time to time and health care professionals have to be informed
of the current trends of health care advocacy. Nurses have the obligation of acting as advocates
for their patients, and need to have a high degree of clarity of how to perform the role of being an
advocate (Laura, 2011).

Advocacy is a vital role in the nursing profession that aims at balancing the relationship
between the health care system and the patients who are served by evaluating the needs of

patient/family, provision of information and education, ensuring that there is access to proper
care. In addition, it involves supporting the decision of the patient and family’s decision within
the structure of a multidisciplinary team. The health care profession needs to engage all the
stakeholders involved in the process of a surgery since this will inform them of the possible
outcomes and the requirements of the process. Surgery advocacy prepares patients, members of
the family and the health care professional for the risky venture of a surgical operation. Surgery
needs to be conducted with the consent of the patient. All the ethical and legal standards as well
as the procedural standards need to be answered before the process can proceed (Laura, 2011).


Laura, S. (2011). Health care advocacy: a guide for busy clinicians. New Jersey:
Springer publisher.