Assignment: Basic Foundations to Nursing

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Assignment: Basic Foundations to Nursing

Assignment: Basic Foundations to Nursing

Assignment: Basic Foundations to Nursing
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Assignment: Basic Foundations to Nursing
Assignment: Basic Foundations to Nursing

Advocacy is a basic foundation to nursing. The nurse’s role in patient advocacy involves being the voice for the patient; standing up for the patient and voicing concerns, doing what is right and in the patient’s best interest, communicating properly with the patient and Interdisciplinary team, and many others. Communicating properly can also include charting. Nurses advocate for their patients by charting what really happened, no false documentation, nothing unethical like making up vital signs because they were too lazy to take them.

Collaboration is another way that nurses advocate for patients (Helbig, 2018). In order to ensure patient-centered care, collaboration between other members of the healthcare team is vital. The phrase “it takes a tribe” has never rang more true when it comes to healthcare. We work as a team to ensure our patients are getting the best care possible.

I think we’ve all had our fair share of nursing advocate stories. One recent situation while working in the post-acute rehab unit involved an older gentleman who was supposed to be discharged home the following day. He had been there after having back surgery and would’ve been going home with wife after weeks of therapy. While I was doing his assessment that evening, he voiced some concern about going home and that he felt it was a little too early. I could see the concern in his eyes. He was afraid that his wife wouldn’t be able to help him on her own and didn’t feel comfortable going home quite yet. The patient also said that he didn’t feel comfortable telling the doctor this when his discharge was discussed. Therefore, I called the doctor and told him what was going on and the patient’s concerns. The doctor agreed to keep the patient for a little longer and that we would set up for an aide to come in to the home to help with certain things. The patient was so happy when I told him that he just kept saying, “Thank you so much, you really care about us patients.” It made me realize that not all patients think that nurses advocate for them, so I was happy to sort of change his mind about this situation.


Helbig, J. (2018). Dynamics in Nursing: Art and Science of Professional Practice. Advancing Professional

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Successful responses are substantive (i.e., add something new to the discussion, engage others in the discussion, well-developed idea) and include at least one scholarly source.
One or two sentence responses, simple statements of agreement or “good post,” and responses that are off-topic will not count as substantive. Substantive responses should be at least 150 words.
I encourage you to incorporate the readings from the week (as applicable) into your responses.
Weekly Participation

Your initial responses to the mandatory DQ do not count toward participation and are graded separately.
In addition to the DQ responses, you must post at least one reply to peers (or me) on three separate days, for a total of three replies.
Participation posts do not require a scholarly source/citation (unless you cite someone else’s work).
Part of your weekly participation includes viewing the weekly announcement and attesting to watching it in the comments. These announcements are made to ensure you understand everything that is due during the week.
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Cite all sources of information! When in doubt, cite the source. Paraphrasing also requires a citation.
I highly recommend using the APA Publication Manual, 6th edition.
Use of Direct Quotes

I discourage overutilization of direct quotes in DQs and assignments at the Masters’ level and deduct points accordingly.
As Masters’ level students, it is important that you be able to critically analyze and interpret information from journal articles and other resources. Simply restating someone else’s words does not demonstrate an understanding of the content or critical analysis of the content.
It is best to paraphrase content and cite your source.
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Review your similarities. Did you forget to cite something? Did you not paraphrase well enough? Is your paper made up of someone else’s thoughts more than your own?
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Late Policy

The university’s policy on late assignments is 10% penalty PER DAY LATE. This also applies to late DQ replies.
Please communicate with me if you anticipate having to submit an assignment late. I am happy to be flexible, with advance notice. We may be able to work out an extension based on extenuating circumstances.
If you do not communicate with me before submitting an assignment late, the GCU late policy will be in effect.
I do not accept assignments that are two or more weeks late unless we have worked out an extension.
As per policy, no assignments are accepted after the last day of class. Any assignment submitted after midnight on the last day of class will not be accepted for grading.

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