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Jobs where Nurses are also Patient Advocates

Registered nurses (RNs) are in a position to advocate for their patients. They interact with them on a regular basis and in some cases, are more knowledgeable than doctors about a patient’s case. Often times, it is on the advice of the nurse that patients seek further treatment or get a second opinion.

Independent Patient Advocate

An independent patient advocate is a registered nurse who helps educate a patient on what treatments are available to them. They help to decipher medical language and make sure a patient understands everything they need to know about the condition they have been diagnosed with. An independent patient advocate works outside the scope of a hospital or treatment facility and offers patients an unbiased opinion about what physicians and other healthcare providers are doing for them. They do not answer to a specific facility or physician and can give the patient an answer without having to worry if it’s violating protocols or regulations.

Registered Nurse in a Healthcare Facility

A registered nurse in a healthcare facility is a patient’s advocate in the sense they can give an honest opinion about the condition of a patient. Not only do they interact with a patient on a regular basis, they are also aware of a patient’s limitations and capabilities. If a patient would do better in a rehabilitation facility, it may be the nurse’s advocacy that steers the family and physicians in that particular direction.

Registered Nurse in a Home Healthcare Agency

As a home healthcare nurse, a registered nurse can advocate for their clients in a unique way. They can monitor a client’s progress and determine whether or not they are capable of remaining in their home without round the clock care or assistance. They can help the family of a patient make the transition from rehabilitation to home healthcare and ensure the patient has everything they need, if they are going to be living at home or with family members.

County Health Nurse

A county health nurse is the one who works in a county’s health department office. They are responsible for giving vaccinations and other medications that are free to the public. A registered nurse who acts in the capacity as a representative for a county health agency is responsible for educating the public on infectious disease and helping those who are ill due to an outbreak get the medical attention they need. They can also advocate for individuals who may not have the resources to find the help they need.

Registered Nurse in a Non-profit Facility

Registered nurses in non-profit facilities are in a unique position. They are able to provide care to individuals who may not otherwise get adequate medical attention. A nurse who volunteers or works part time in a non-profit facility where patients come in for free healthcare may be able to get a patient the healthcare they need by helping them seek particular programs and resources they would not have otherwise known about. Registered nurses who work in facilities that specialize in the care of developmentally or physically disabled clients are able to advocate for their clients who may not be able to speak for themselves. Most agencies also fall under the non-profit category.

Conclusion

Registered nurses are advocates for their patients no matter where they are employed. They are the ones who know the patient’s case and interact with them on a regular basis. A registered nurse can discuss matters with the patient and their family members to educate them about all possible options for treatment. They offer knowledgeable advice and compassion and can help make difficult decisions easier on both patients and their family members.

Nursing Scholarships

American Assembly for Men in Nursing (AAMN) American Cancer Society Doctoral Degree Scholarships in Cancer Nursing Gallagher Student Health Careers Scholarship
The Gates Millenium Scholars (GMS) National Black Nurses Association (NBNA) National Student Nurses’ Association (NSNA)
New Careers in Nursing (NCIN) Nurse Corps Scholarship (NCS) Nurses of Tomorrow
Nursing Economics Foundation Tylenol Future Care Scholarship American Holistic Nurses Association

South University

Several nursing programs are available at the bachelor's, post-graduate, master's, and doctoral levels.

Programs:

  • Nursing (BS)

Colorado Technical University Online

A degree from CTU connects you to what matters most: powerful professional network, real-world professional faculty and innovative technology. Once you earn your degree you hit the ground running.

Programs:

  • Master of Science in Nursing - Nursing Administration
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN to BSN completion)
  • Master of Science in Nursing - Nursing Education

Kaplan University

Kaplan University is focused on recognizing the achievements of military and veteran students and offers the flexibility of an online education.

Programs:

  • MS in Nursing
  • Master of Science - DNP Path (Doctor of Nursing Practice)
  • Master of Science in Nursing-Family Nurse Practitioner
  • And more...

Grand Canyon University

Grand Canyon University - College of Nursing & Health Care Professions. Online & Campus - Bachelor's and Master's Degrees!

Programs:

  • B.S. in Nursing (Registered Nurse - R.N. to B.S.N)
  • M.S. in Nursing: Health Care Informatics (Bridge)
  • M.S. in Nursing: Public Health (Bridge)
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Liberty University

Liberty University provides a world-class education with a solid Christian foundation, equipping men and women with the values, knowledge, and skills essential for success in every aspect of life.

Programs:

  • Master of Science in Nursing: Nursing Administration
  • Master of Science in Nursing: Nurse Educator
  • BS in Nursing (RN to BSN)

Keiser University Graduate School

For over 35 years, Keiser University has maintained a practical, hands-on approach to career education to help our students achieve their personal and professional goals. 

Programs:

  • Master of Science in Nursing

Medical Careers Institute

Start a great career in healthcare with Medical Careers Institute.

Programs:

  • Nursing (RN-BSN) - Bachelor's
  • Nursing (RN) - Associate's
  • Practical Nursing - Diploma
  • And more...

Southern New Hampshire University

Give your career a boost with an education from Southern New Hampshire University.

Programs:

  • MS Nursing
  • MS Nursing: Patient Safety and Quality
  • MS Nursing: Clinical Nurse Leader
  • And more...

South University

As a student at South University, you will have the opportunity to learn from accomplished faculty members who have real-world experience in the subjects that they teach. Our small class sizes allow you to receive personalized attention from instructors, and the encouragement to recognize your goals for the future and the means to achieve them.

Programs:

  • Nursing (BS)

Fortis Institute

At Fortis Institute, you may get the skills and training you need to prepare for a career.

* Programs vary by location

* Please contact each individual campus for accreditation information


Programs:

  • Associate Degree in Nursing
  • Practical Nursing
  • Medical Assistant

Northcentral University

Earn your graduate degree online with Northcentral University.

Programs:

  • Doctor of Education - Nursing Education

Centura College

Centura College, with campus locations in Virginia, South Carolina and Florida.

Programs:

  • Practical Nursing Diploma
  • Associate of Occupational Science Degree in Medical Assisting-Clinical Concentration

Ashford University

Technology changes everything®

You’ve found Ashford University, where school comes to you

Programs:

  • BS/Nursing (RN to BSN)

California University of Pennsylvania

Study online with California University of Pennsylvania.

Programs:

  • RN-BSN (Bachelor of Science) - Online
  • Dual Degree: MSN-MBA (MSN-MBA) - Online
  • MSN Nursing Administration & Leadership (Master of Science) - Online

Miller-Motte Technical College

Miller-Motte Technical College (MMTC) can help get you from here to a new career!

Programs:

  • Medical Assisting - Associate of Occupational Science

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