Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

A quantitative correlational study of political behavior and attitudes of nurses toward macro-social patient advocacy
by Barrett-Sheridan, Shirley E., D.H.A., University of Phoenix, 2009, 292; 3384630
Abstract (Summary)

Nurses do not always exercise their professional mandate to advocate for patients at the macro-social level of society. As the largest group of healthcare providers who are witnesses to the effects of failed healthcare policy across all healthcare settings, nurses could provide valuable information about the millions of people who suffer from the effects of disparate and inequitable healthcare, but nurses remain politically silent. The main purpose of this quantitative, correlational study was to describe the association of political behavior and attitudes of nurses toward macro-social patient advocacy. The study was structured by the relationship of attitudes and behavior and was guided by a mid-range theory of patient advocacy. Data were generated from 205 of the 800 (25.6%) randomly selected nurses in California who responded to a direct mail survey. Findings suggest a highly significant association between nurses who report increased political behavior and nurses who hold favorable attitudes toward championing social justice although political behavior levels were low and consistent with research findings from the past 25 years. Except for consistently high levels of voting behavior, the low levels of political behavior found in the current investigation suggest a barrier exists between positive attitudes of nurses toward macro-social patient advocacy and performing political behavior by nurses. The research findings supported the relationship between attitudes and behavior, the utility of a new model of patient advocacy for the nursing profession, and the reliability of a new measure for quantitative study of patient advocacy in nursing. Implications of the study, recommendations for leaders, limitations of the research, and suggestions for future research are stated.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Rhoades, Jeffrey
School: University of Phoenix
School Location: United States -- Arizona
Source: DAI-B 70/11, Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Nursing, Political science, Public policy
Keywords: Patient advocacy, Political behavior, Social justice
Publication Number: 3384630
ISBN: 978-1-109-48759-6
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