Nursing Grand Rounds | Why Patient Advocacy Is Hurting Patients

Earn free CE at UW Continuing Nursing Education.


Conflict and lack of communication are killing patients. Learn how to reframe the idea of the nurse as part of a team.

The lecture was recorded May 6, 2013 by Continuing Nursing Education at the University of Washington School of Nursing. Teaching methods include video, audio and downloadable handouts.

This course was reviewed in March 2017.

Photo of Sarah Shannon, University of Washington.


Sarah Shannon, PhD, RN
University of Washington School of Nursing


What participants found significant—

Dr. Shannon did an excellent job approaching advocacy from a positive standpoint.
I had not considered the adversarial environment patient advocacy can create.
I've been a nurse for 30 years so the historical perspective is interesting to consider.


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Objectives for Learning Outcomes

After viewing this nursing grand rounds, you will be better able to:

  • Discuss the historical purpose of patient advocacy within current health care challenges and issues.
  • Describe personal experiences with and beliefs about being a patient advocate.
  • Explain alternative models for ethical practice that transcend patient advocacy and apply to current practice settings.

Additional Information

Course summary
Maximum credit available: 
  • 1.00 Contact hours

Available Credit

  • 1.00 Contact hours
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