Every nurse’s role is to be the patient advocate, but there are times that extenuating circumstances occur, and an actual “nurse advocate” is needed. This type of nurse works as a correspondent between doctors and patients. Their role is to help each party understand what is desired to ultimately represent the patient’s greatest desire. In some situations, patient wishes do not align with doctors’ orders. This is when an advocate is most needed. Your role as an advocate is to educate patients about medications, treatment plans, and their illness, ensure that patients understand their diagnosis/condition, and ultimately, to represent your patient and their desires.
How to become a nurse advocate
To become a nurse advocate, you’ll need to obtain your RN as well as a bachelor’s degree in nursing (BSN). There are a few ways to do this. The first is to simply enter a bachelor of science nursing program and to take your NCLEX-RN exam when your finished (which qualifies you to work as a registered nurse).
Another popular track is through a bridge program. Many individuals obtain their RN by completing their ASN (associate of science in nursing) because it only takes 2 years. Then, once they’ve completed their NCLEX-RN exam, they can begin working as a registered nurse. The bridge program is for those folks who wish to continue nursing school by applying their RN to a Bachelors of Science in Nursing (BSN). In this type of bridge nursing program, the credits from their ASN would be applied to the bachelors. Although this approach is not as quick as the four year program, students may start their nursing career while they work which can be quite beneficial.
Nurse Advocate Salary
Nurse advocates can make around $30/hour, depending on whether you’re a nurse contractor or work for healthcare facility and of course, depending on your level of education.