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Nurse Advocates are the liaison between patients and doctors. They help patients understand their diagnosis and make the best decisions about their health. Since every patient has different circumstances, beliefs, and preferences, it is not uncommon for their wishes to conflict with doctor’s orders. As a Nurse Advocate, you’ll work with doctors to offer your patients alternative treatment solutions.

Things You'll Do:

  • Teach patients about their illness
  • Make sure your patients understand the diagnosis
  • Work with patients and doctors to provide the best treatment options
  • Represent the patient, when the doctor’s recommendation differs from the patient’s wishes

Your job characteristics:

  • Multifaceted
  • Structured
  • Patient-facing
  • Managerial
  • Research-oriented

How You'll Get There
  • Get Your
    Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)
  • Pass Your
    National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN)
  • Work as a Registered Nurse, getting experience, and continuing education, in social work, research, insurance and patient education.
    More about becoming an RN ›
  • Become a
    Nurse Advocate

More About this Specialty
  • Where You
    Can Work

    • Hospitals
    • Clinics
    • Private practices

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  • What Else You
    Can Expect

    • It’s important for Nurse Advocates to stay on top of new health care legislation, insurance procedures, patient treatments and medicine

  • Nursing Notes Live

    School Nurse Panelists Discuss Issues in School & Public Health

  • Meet

    A Public

    See her story
  • Become an Advocate

    Attending events and getting involved with the Campaign for Nursing’s Future helps fight the nursing shortage.

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