Nurses as Immigrant Advocates: A Brief Overview

Mary Ellen Biggerstaff, DNP, MSN, RN, FNP; Taiyyeba Safri Skomra, JD


Online J Issues Nurs. 2020;25(2) 

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Argument for Advocacy

Tomajan stated that advocacy "is to work on behalf of self and/or others to raise awareness of a concern and to promote solutions" (2012, para. 5). The nursing profession has been guided by a principle of ethics and advocacy. This is well summarized by the ANA "Code of Ethics for Nurses with Interpretive Statements", a dynamic document asserting that nursing is "the protection, promotion, and optimization of health and abilities, prevention of illness and injury, alleviation of suffering through the diagnosis and treatment of human response, and advocacy in the care of individuals, families, communities and populations" (2015, pg. 10). Such a mandate requires nurses to actively advocate for patients and populations, no matter their education level, clinical setting, or political view.