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ISRN Nursing
Volume 2012 (2012), Article ID 645828, 5 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.5402/2012/645828
Research Article

Iranian Nurses’ Attitudes and Perception towards Patient Advocacy

1Razi School of Nursing and Midwifery, Kerman University of Medical Sciences, Kerman 7616913555, Iran
2School of Nursing and Midwifery, Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences, Tehran 1981619573, Iran

Received 16 November 2012; Accepted 10 December 2012

Academic Editors: V. Lohne, V. Swallow, and D. Whitehead

Copyright © 2012 Mohadeseh Motamed-Jahromi et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

Patient advocacy is an inherent component of professional nursing ethics; in other words, nurses' enough knowledge would be essential to gain a positive attitude towards nursing advocacy. Using a descriptive-analytic design, this study aimed to assess the correlation between nurses' perception and attitudes towards patient advocacy, amongst 385 nurses in Kerman, Iran; hence, a three-part questionnaire was applied: part I, a demographic data sheet, part II, attitude measuring instrument, and part III, perception measuring instrument in nursing advocacy. The results implied that fairly positive attitudes and perception were found amongst the participants, and nurses’ attitudes, in general, were positively correlated to their perception toward nursing advocacy. This means that with an improvement in perception, the attitude would also improve. In addition to our findings, it seems that these nurses needed more advocacy educational programs and support from responsible employers.