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Make a Difference as a Patient Advocate

Make a Difference as a Patient Advocate

Georgia Price

Steps to Becoming a Patient Advocate

The role of patient advocate is fairly new, and there are only a handful of institutions that offer certificates or degrees in patient advocacy. Patient advocates typically give themselves the title. However, there are a few schools that offer patient advocacy programs:

• Cleveland State University
• Sarah Lawrence College
• The University of Wisconsin
• Stanford University

If you are considering becoming a patient advocate but you don’t want to go back to school, you should choose a specialty area and gain experience. As we said, many patient advocates are healthcare professionals with advanced experience in a specific field who go on to volunteer their time as an advocate.


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    By the title of the article, I thought it was going to give some advice on HOW to be a more effective advocate for our patients, as that is part of the nurse's role. It's silly that there should be a separate role for this. Nurses should definitely be looking out for opportunities for speaking up for the patient. I hope nurses don't begin to think...well the patient advocate does that job so I don't have to worry about it...I know that most good nurses won't just give it up to other "advocates" though.

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    about 5 years ago

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    I am a Medical Assistant and i would like more information on patient advocate.How would i get more information for this,sounds very interesting,

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    I am a Regeistered Medical Assistant. I would like more information on patient advocaed. I want ot further my career please send me more information.

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    I WOULD LIKE MORE INFORMATION ON PATIENT ADVOCATE, I AM A CNA RIGHT NOW AND WISH TO FURTHER MY CAREER... PLEASE SEND ME MORE INFORMATION .

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    Nurses are patient advocates. If they must have some other credentials, add two questions to the NCLEX, one to measure business acumen and the other to determine ethical attitude.

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    RA44

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    JoRN

    about 5 years ago

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    I always thought this was such a necessary thing. About time they made it formal.

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    lbarton48

    about 5 years ago

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    Good info but must add a F.Y.I.... ALL R.N.'s are patient advocates. This is only one of the professional characteristics or roles a nurse is taught in school and cultivates in the work place wherever she/he practices nursing.

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    mary51

    about 5 years ago

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    I'm interested in becoming a patient advocate and I would like to get a certificate in that field. Please send me more information about this program.

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