Discussions-Outcomes of Patient  Empowerment

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Discussions-Outcomes of Patient  Empowerment

Discussions-Outcomes of Patient  Empowerment

1.Amanda Davis

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Nurse and patient empowerment are closely correlated with one another. To recognize empowerment one must take ownership of our lives and understand we can control our actions and feelings (Nathaniel & Burkhardt, 2014). As nurses empowerment helps our profession to advocate for our patients with achieving their own empowerment.

Many different factors should be considered when dealing with decisions with our patients. Some include having cultural awareness. To help our patients we must understand their culture and be sensitive to their culture when providing nursing care. What do they like to eat to help promote healthy and adequate eating? Does these particular cultures believe in alternative medicine and might not agree with modern medicine or our current nursing practices?

A recent example of a patient situation where the patient posed an ethical dilemma for our hospital happened this week. Our nursing department contacted our ethics department and referred this patient’s case. A patient was admitted with a urinary tract infection. At baseline the patient was alert and oriented. This patient also had a life threatening illness that she had choose not to treat, a chronic health issue. The hospitalist physician consulted behavioral health to decide if patient had decision making capacity or lack thereof. Decision making capacity is ability to make a specific decision at that time (Cooper, 2010). The infectious disease physician wanted to treat the chronic issue, her attending physician did not want to treat as she made the decision while she was alert and oriented to not undergo treatment. Due to her acute illness the patient could not coherently answer questions.

Even if I had thought this patient was making an unwise decision, as a nurse I can’t make the decision. The patient had made her decision to not have treatment for her chronic disease. It is her choice and her trust in me at that moment was to follow thru with her choices. The patient received antibiotics for her urinary tract infection and mental status return to baseline. Our behavioral health deemed her competent to make her decisions, in which she still chose for non-treatment. There should not be any limits on patient empowerment. The nurse should advocate a non bias plan of care for their patients without fail.

Discussions-Outcomes of Patient Empowerment

Nurses should have effective communication skills to assist themselves with empowerment in nursing and in their own life, and to assist the patients that we take care of everyday (Burkhardt & Nathaniel, 2014). Understanding how everyone can be completely different in every way possible is sometimes hard to grasp when we group patients together so easily.


Burkhardt, M. A., & Nathaniel, A. K. (2014). Ethics & issues in contemporary nursing. Stamford: Cengage Learning.

Cooper, S. (2010). Taking No for an Answer—Refusal of Life-Sustaining Treatment. AMA Journal of Ethics, 12(6), 444–449. doi: 10.1001/virtualmentor.2010.12.6.ccas2-1006

2. Andrey Demskiy

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In today’s diverse society it is not uncommon for a nurse to have a differing viewpoint from a patient. When this happens, it is important for the nurse to consider cultural and spiritual factors that may be influencing the patient’s decision-making (Burkhardt & Nathaniel, 2014). The decisions the patient wants to make may seem silly to the nurse, but it is necessary to understand the patient’s point of view before passing judgment on the patient. One situation that could be an ethical dilemma for me is if I had differing viewpoints from my patient about how they should treat the rehabilitation process after an operation. For example in some cultures it is believed that the sick should lay and rest to get better. However the way rehab is approached nowadays, patients are often expected to get up and start walking or doing some other work with physical therapy the day after surgery so that they can recover more quickly. This would be a conflicting situation for me because as someone who wants what is best for the patient, I would want to encourage them to be as active as possible after surgery so they can make a quicker recovery. I would make sure that I properly educate the patient on the importance of physical therapy but in the end the choice would still have to remain with the patient and I would have to respect the decision that they make even if it is one that I do not feel is wise.

A nurse’s duty goes beyond just giving medications and providing treatments for the patient. It is the duty of the nurse to make a patient feel empowered about their health and providing education regarding their illness plays a big part in that (Chiauzzi et al., 2016). Of course there should be limits in patient empowerment especially if the patient is attempting to physically harm themselves. In that case as an advocate, the nurse must take action in order to prevent the patient from physically harming or worse yet killing themselves. In the end, the patients make their own healthcare decisions, but it is the duty of the nurse to properly educate and empower them so that they have the option of making the choices that are best for their health.


Burkhardt, M. A., & Nathaniel, A. K. (2014). Ethics & issues in contemporary nursing. Stamford: Cengage Learning.

Chiauzzi, E., DasMahapatra, P., Cochin, E., Bunce, M., Khoury, R., & Dave,

P. (2016, May 7). Factors in Patient Empowerment: A Survey of an Online

Patient Research Network. Retrieved November 21, 2019, from


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