Social Justice and Advocacy in Nursing
CO 5: Discuss the implications of healthcare policy on issues of access, equity, affordability, and social justice in healthcare delivery.
a. Define advocacy in nursing.
b. Describe efforts of consumer groups to influence health care policy related to social injustice.
c. Discuss a health care policy and explore the social justice implications of that policy.
d. Discuss the affordability of health care as it relates to socio-economic status.
Tobin-Tyler and Teitelbaum (2019). Essentials of health justice: a primer. Chapter 7: Advocating for Health Justice, pp. 147-164
Tomajan, K. (2012). Advocating for nurses and nursing. OJIN: The Online Journal of issues in Nursing, 17 (1).
Attenborough, J., Reynolds, L., & Nolan, P. ( 2019). The nurses that roared: nurses from history who found their voices and
Challenged the status quo. Creative Nursing, 25:1, 67-73. http://dx.doi.org/10.1891/1078-45184.108.40.206
Critical Thinking Questions:
1. A. How do Tobin-Tyler and Teitelbaum (2019) define advocacy in general, and health advocacy?
B. Explain in your own words the different types of advocacy, as discussed in this chapter, and provide an example of each.
C. Explain the differences between the use of anecdotes and evidence in advocating for health justice. D. Have you had an opportunity to use either technique? If so please describe.
If not, describe how you could incorporate one to promote health justice.
2. A. Explain, in your own words, each of the advocacy skills identified in the article by Tomajan (2012).
B. Discuss the differences and similarities between these skills, and the ones identified in Chapter 7.
C. Would you feel comfortable using these skills?
3. A. Choose two “nurses that roared” from the article by Attenborough et al (2019). Describe how each employed the techniques of advocacy described in the two prior readings to advance their agenda.