Correlation between nurses' perception and attitudes towards patient advocacy in teaching hospitals of Golestan University of Medical Sciences
Nursing advocacy is the essence of nursing ethics. In this role, Nurses attempts to protect patients’ autonomy and help clients for consciously self-determination in suitable condition. It seems correlation between nurses' perception and attitudes is direct and it shows in nurses' behavior. This study aimed to assess the correlation between nurses' perception and attitudes towards patient advocacy, amongst 385 nurses by Quota sampling in Gorgan, Iran; hence, a three-part questionnaire was applied: a demographic data sheet, attitude measuring instrument and perception measuring instrument in nursing advocacy and analyzed using the SPSS including Descriptive & Inferential Statistics. The results showed that fairly positive attitudes and perception were found amongst the participants, and nurses’ attitudes, in general, were positively correlated to their perception toward nursing advocacy. This means that with an improvement in perception, the attitude would also improve. In addition to our ﬁndings, it seems that these nurses needed more advocacy educational programs and support from responsible employers.
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