Ebolais a viral disease that has recently affected many western countries.Symptoms occur from two to three days. They include fever, sorethroat, vomiting and later hemorrhage (Gostin,Lucey & Phelan, 2014).The victims are quarantined and their freedom and rights aresometimes not addressed. Therefore, advocacy seems to be the mainsolution for the problem.
Advocacyrefers to the process of enabling and supporting people in variousways. They include expressing their concerns and views, accessinginformation and services, exploring choices and options, anddefending and promoting ones rights and responsibilities. An advocateperson helps an individual to access information needed and offersother supportive roles. Support in a health system, usually,challenges discrimination that users face. Advocacy ensures thatpeople can express their views and defend their rights. For instance,a mental health problem needs support. Patients who suffer mentaldistress apparently have no opportunities to express themselves(Jugessur& Iles, 2009).
Cliniciansoften view Ebola ill patients as poor, unemployed and irrelevant tothe society (Paquin,2011).Advocacy in nursing is very significant and should be adopted in theUnited States of America. Health and other social services officersshould offer care to their clients. Advocacy facilitates easierinteractions in health facilities and nurses should relay practiceit. Health advocacy tends to promote patient`s health care rights. Inaddition, it enhances community health initiatives and policies thatfocus on the safety, quality care, and availability (Jugessur& Iles, 2009).
TheAmerican nurses association dedicates Ebola patient’s safety to bequality in terms of advocacy. Similarly, it has created initiativesthat tend to raise awareness to the public and the legislators. Theperception is meant to encourage safe handling of patients and theirrights. Ebola patients are segregated and they never get opportunityto raise their issues freely. Advocacy might not only be beneficialto the Ebola patients but to the nursing profession too. In a nursingfield, there are also challenges that need advocacy. They includelooming workforce shortage, financial pressures and many more(Paquin,2011).Therefore, it is necessary for an advocacy to be introduced andsupported in the United States.
Ebolavictims should be provided with enough food and better medications.Contacts with the affected individual’s should be taken care of.The diagnosed patients need supportive hospital care. Similarly, thepeople diagnosed with Ebola should be given first hand treatment ascompared to other diseases.
Advocacywill facilitate addressing of the rights of Ebola patients to berespected. Moreover, it ensures that they also get respect that theydeserve. Assimilation of advocacy in the nursing profession andsolving Ebola crisis especially in the United States should beencouraged.
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Jugessur,T., & Iles, I. K. (2009). Advocacy in mental health nursing: anintegrative review of the literature. Journalof psychiatric and mental health nursing,16(2),187-195.
Paquin,S. (2011). Social justice advocacy in nursing: what is it? How do weget there? Creative nursing,17(2),63-67.