Discussion 1
Nurse Influence Through Advocacy and Lifelong Education
Mignon Bennett

Dr. Catrambone, President of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of
Nursing, describes four areas where nurses need to exercise influence. Today  I will
speak on how I can exercise influence through advocacy,  and lifelong learning. Advocacy
is active support of a cause.  It is speaking up when most won’t, it is going against the
norm and making decision that are morally and ethically the right think to do even
though it may go against your superiors, or the organization in which you work for. We
use of strategies and methods that will influence the views, choices, and the actions of
individuals, communities, or organizations that affect  areas of need. When we advocate
we represent  ourselves as nurses, our clients we care for, our families and communities.
“Advocacy can be understood as standing up and speaking out for a moral good, voicing
concerns of disadvantaged people, and collaborating with individuals or groups who
need support in exerting their rights and preferences ” ( Hofmeyer, 2020).
Influence through advocacy, for us nurses the need is greater now than years ago.
Our voice s as nurse’s needs to be heard. We hold professional positions in all settings,
we care for patients on a daily basis and though we are employed by these facilities, our
duty is to care for our client in every way possible. The patients many time are not
equipped to  advocate for their rights, health, and safety. As nurses, we advocate for
individuals, communities, and the populations. We give voice to what is needed to
promote quality care, safety, and the well-being of those entrusted to our care. We
must continue to educate ourselves, empowering our patients while professionally
growing and developing our careers.Healthcare is complex and practices are always
evolving. A large portion of the patient population is over the age of 65, older patients
tend to suffer from one or more chronic health conditions.  As nurses we must have
the necessary expertise to treat all patients and help them manage illnesses both
chronic and acute. Lifelong education gives nurses the critical-thinking and problem-
solving skills needed to resolve issues they may encounter while taking care of
patients.
When we educate ourselves we are better able to educate our patients , we
help to empowering them, we help them build trust in the healthcare system,  and
most importantly we help them build trust in our care we give as nurses. When nurses
are up to date on new techniques, policies and procedures, they may influence
healthcare in many ways, for example:
Build strong collaborative relationships with patients and coworkers.
Improve patient outcomes.
Decrease mortality rates.
Reduce the chance of errors
Through life long education and advocacy we will make more of an impact in our work
place, doing bedside care or managerial roles. ” most patients and their family members
demand exceptional care. Even though many patients educate themselves about their
conditions, they expect their nurses to know more than they do about diagnoses,
procedures and treatment options “(  Eastern Illinois University,2019).  As a nurse’s
career progresses over the years, so should our education, The things learned are always
being revised and improved upon , this is modern medicine. Scientist and researchers are
always making advances , that will help to better care for patients local and worldwide.
In order for us to keep up and implement the best care possible we are expected to
continue educating ourselves , we are obligated to speak up and advocate for those who
cannot do so for themselves.

Reference

Eastern Illinois University.(2019).Being A Nurse Means Pursuing Lifelong Learning. https://learnonline.eiu.edu/ articles/rnbsn/nurses-pursue-lifelong-learning.aspx (Links to an external site.)

Hofmeyer,A. (2020)Influence through advocacy: Raising awareness, advancing change.https://www.reflectionsonnursingleadership.org/commentary/more-commentary/Vol42_2_influence-through-advocacy-raising-awareness-advancing-change. (Links to an external site.)
Discussion 2
Life-long Learning and Advocacy in Nursing
Vera Brito Delgado
Life-long Learning and Advocacy in Nursing
Nurses represent an essential link in the health sector, which implies that nurses play an indispensable role in ensuring that patients access the best care that puts them in positions to achieve positive results. A nurse is a health care staff who is in an influential position to determine some of how patients may be exposed to the best care available (Catrambon, 2016). Besides, when exploring areas such as promotion and learning, a nurse will position herself to create an environment in which she can use her skills and knowledge to promote the best interests of patients and improve as a professional in the health sector.
Lifelong learning is a measure through which nurses are exposed to new and updated information throughout their careers. It is through lifelong learning that a nurse can acquire the necessary knowledge and skills that increase the likelihood that she will be competent in fulfilling her practice while adhering to the standards of care. Lifelong learning will be enabled by seeking opportunities for formal and informal education, such as enrolling in advanced degree programs, participating in teamwork activities, registering for training and workshop initiatives, and seeking opportunities for programs of exchange and delegation of responsibilities. Through these measures, it will be essential to ensure that nurses can interact with other staff for reasons of knowledge whenever it is necessary to address patient-related concerns (Qalehsari, et al., 2017). Lifelong learning will be a way to improve the reputation and image of the nursing profession, especially in interdisciplinary teams that require knowledge sharing.
Hence as a life-long learner, it will be essential to study the best ways of assessing and understanding the issues that are unique to the patients and develop improved methods of ensuring that they are addressed at different levels within the health sector. The nurse influence as advocacy to ensure that high-quality care is provided through various measures other than just the knowledge of the disease. As a patients’ advocate, a nurse is in a position to help a patient to make informed decisions on issues of health. Advocacy, in this case, includes helping the patients to navigate a complex medical system, the translation of medical terms, and ensuring that patients are provided with the right information whenever they are expected to make ethical decisions (Numminen, et al., 2017). As an advocate for the patients, it will be the responsibility of the nurse to plead for their case. Nurses are defending the patient’s rights and voicing their concerns against any health actions or policies that may be endangering their wellbeing or conflicting with their rights in the process of accessing healthcare services.
The role of a nurse in the process of providing quality and adequate care to patients is diversified. Besides, the nurse must participate in lifelong learning as a measure through which it will be possible to access updated information and skills to improve their decision-making capabilities and correctly use of evidence best practice. With more knowledge comes greater responsibility and power and, a knowledgeable nurse can advocate for a patient more effectively because she understands the correct measures that must be taken to ensure the wellbeing of the patients (Catrambon, 2016).

References
Catrambon, C. D. (2016, Apr 18). Influence through advocacy, policy, lifelong learning, and philanthropy. Retrieved Feb 10, 2020, from Reflexion Nursing Leadership: https://www.reflectionsonnursingleadership.org/commentary/more-commentary/Vol42_2_influence-through-advocacy-policy-lifelong-learning-and-philanthropy
Numminen, O., Repo, H., & Leino-Kilpi, H. (2017, Dec 24). Moral courage in nursing: A concept analysis. Nursing Ethics, 24(8), 878-891 doi:10.1177/0969733016634155.
Qalehsari, M. Q., Khaghanizadeh, M., & Ebadi, A. (2017, Oct 25). Lifelong learning strategies in nursing: A systematic review. Electron Physician, 9(10), 5541–5550 doi:10.19082/5541.

Please respond to the two discussion topics in one or two paragraphs each