The nursing profession has evolved over time. Our primary role used to be to carry out orders written by physicians. We not only carry out physician orders, but we also assist in the coordination of patient care, educate our patients about their disease process and how to improve their quality of life, provide emotional support to both the patient and their families, and advocate for our patients’ wishes to be carried out. As health-care leaders, we strive to create patient-care environments in which our employees feel empowered to advocate for their patients. A. Cribb (2013). Nursing philosophy has shifted from sick nursing to health nursing, according to Chapter 2: The Ethical Dimension: Nursing Practice, Nursing Philosophy, and Nursing Ethics (p.23).

Answer at least one or more of the following questions using an example from your current clinical setting:

1. What does this statement mean to you as a nurse practitioner?

2. How have your personal values, experiences, and so on influenced the way you advocate for your patients?

3. What ethical, legal, and regulatory issues do you face or anticipate facing in practice? Make certain that no identifying information is posted.