Concept of Advocacy
Advocacy: A Concept Analysis
The concept I will be analyzing is the word advocacy using Walker and Avant’s method and its role in professional nursing. The method includes eight processes, an adaptation of Wilson’s work. These processes are selection of concept, identification of concept use, determination of defining attributes, construction of a model case, identification of antecedents and consequences, and definition of empirical referents (Hupcey & Penrod, 2005). The main aim of these processes is to give a clear and precise operational usage of concept definitions at age time in research. The word “advocate” itself means to plead, to support and also to speak on behalf of person, or a cause. In other to clearly define the concept of advocacy so it can be used for further analysis there is need for the word to be adequately defined and clarified. Meleis (2012) stated that the goal of concept analysis is to transport the concept closer to being used for research or clinical practice purpose. My reason for choosing this specific concept is to clarify the meaning of the word advocate, plus I also have a personal interest in knowing the further methods in developing this concept, and to explore others perception on the meaning of advocacy.
The word advocacy has been increasingly used differently when explaining the responsibility of a nurse in a health care setting. Advocacy is always mentioned when describing the various roles of nurses. In Florence Nightingale’s environmental theory, she described various things nurses can do to control external factors that can affect healing process. Although she did not mention the word advocacy, various words she used describe the process of nursing advocating for their patient. The use of the word advocacy has been increasingly used in the past few years most especially when describing nurses