Protecting Patient RightsRicha PrasadChamberlain UniversityNR 449 Evidence Based PracticeProfessor Johnson Patient rights is one of the major component of taking care of and supporting our patients as nurses of the future. Patient with mental health conditions are the most discriminated against and abused but they are also humans and deserve to be treated respectfully and with dignity. People with diagnosed mental disorder face many problems such as being denied services, discrimination for employment and restraining for comfort (MHA, 2016).Clinical Question Nurses have a great responsibility in protecting the rights of all patients.
It is essential that we ensure that patient care is not compromised due to lack of nurses knowledge about patients rights and legal obligation. This can be harmful to our patients as we as nurses may hurt them or abuse them while thinking that this is ethically correct.It is the nurses responsibility to inform the patients about their rights at an appropriate time (Orr, 2013). According to the Mental Health America organization, people who have been diagnosed with mental health conditions have a right to make there own decisions including treatment unless there is a danger to self or others (MHA, 2016). The purpose of the paper is to discuss the protection of rights for psychiatric patients and responsibilities of a nurse to protect these rights and provide search strategies for the research topic. My PICOT question is “In psychiatric adult patients, how effective is patient right education for nurses at preventing patient care compromise?”. Levels of Evidence The mental health patient advocate provide information about the patient rights and are also responsible for conducting investigations of the complains received and also help the patient as well as their family to navigate through the system and the support of health care team members such as the nurse.
It was found that about 750 cases are heard about complains about concerns involving allegations of physical assault and legislated rights. The nurses can also file a complaint in case they have a concern about their patients (Orr, 2013). Patient Advocacy is greatly emphasized by nursing organization all over the world and helps in providing effective nursing care for patients. A qualitative study was conducted to analyze the views and experiences of 15 nurses on patient advocacy. Data was interpreted to find that two themes of protecting patient and empathy towards the patients was essential for patient advocacy. This included prioritizing patients’ health, complete care process, protecting patients’ rights and understanding our patients feelings (Davoodvand, Abbaszadeh & Ahmadi, 2016). Search Strategies The search topic provided was patients rights-nurses role in protection of patient rights. Our team had narrowed this down to physiatrics patients.
I had used the CINAHL database and the google scholar to search for articles. I had searched using many terms like nurses protecting patients rights, nurses protecting rights for mental health patients, patient rights protection in psychiatric patients and patient advocacy and nursing roles. I also had used the Mental Health America in order to obtain information about psychiatric patient rights. Searching protecting patients rights provides me important information about my picot question as this presents the problems faced by patients. Searching for nurses protecting patient rights in psychiatric patients helped me obtain an article with some quantitative data about the cases heard in regards to patient rights and also stated that nurses are able to file complaints if they are concerned about a patients rights being ignored.
At the beginning of my research it was hard to narrow down the research to find articles on psychiatric patients. There were more than 3000 articles that appeared at the beginning. Some limited like narrowing the years from 2013-2018 helped bring the number of articles down significantly, however there were still 758 articles.
I also applied other limits which where Academic journals peer reviewed journals and source type selected was academic journals. One article that I had found that will be very helpful for me is titled “Protecting Patient Rights Nursing jurisprudence in action”. This article talks about the importance of not compromising patients’ care due to a lack of understanding.
The article also provides me details about patients rights and also provides me qualitative details about complaints regarding patients rights. It is also noted that nurses need to be aware of the lack of knowledge and be able to seek the necessary help in order to be able to supports the patient as needed. The articles points out the responsibility of the staff is to inform the patients about their rights. (Orr, 2013). Another article that I have chosen which would be very beneficial is titled Patient advocacy from the clinical nurses’ view point: a qualitative study”. This article looks at the viewpoints of 15 nurses on patient advocacy. Patient advocacy according to the research included understanding patients and protecting the patients rights.
Effective advocacy or fighting for our patients rights has proven to be effective in improving the quality of patient care and improves the nursing profession (Davoodvand, Abbaszadeh & Ahmadi, 2016). Conclusion Nurses play a great part in patients care and also protecting the patients’ in their care and also ensure that the patients are aware of their rights and the nurses protect these rights of the patients. As future nurses, we need to be aware of these rights and also be able to protect our patients from harm when possible. We also need to keep in mind that patients are weak and vulnerable when they are seeking care and that we need to protect them and assist them in being better.
ReferencesDavoodvand, S., Abbaszadeh, A., & Ahmadi, F. (2016, June). Patient advocacy from the clinical nurses’ viewpoint: a qualitative study. Retrieved January 21, 2018, from https://www.ncbi.
nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4958925Mental Health Rights. (2017, July 11). Retrieved January 21, 2018, from http://www.mentalhealthamerica.net/issues/mental-health-rightsOrr, F.
(2013). Protecting Patient Rights: Nursing jurisprudence in action. Alberta RN, 68(4), 14-15.