The study population included all Registered Nurses currently practicing at the male and female wards made up of surgical and medical patients, the children wards and maternity ward. A qualitative approach with descriptive study design was used to meet the set objective. The patient has the right to be assertive, speak and defend themselves when necessary. Theoretical saturation was attained as mention of themes became increasingly redundant (Creswell, 2014). This theory is one of the requirements put in place for any professional nurse. Several nursing theorists have described the diverse activities and actions taken by nurses on behalf of patients as being their patients' advocates (Curtin, 1979; Gadow, 1980; Kohnke, 1982). I can come in and then speak on their behalf. These assertions reflect the views of Kohnke (1982) and Motamed‐Jahromi et al. Participants were selected by first obtaining work schedules of potential participants from the ward managers. The concept of patient advocacy is still poorly understood and not clearly conceptualized. Most themes were mentioned by more than one participant. Abstract: Patient advocacy is one of the concept that is integral to the philosophy of nursing. This result seems consistent with Abbaszadeh et al. The Registered Nurses described patient advocacy as promoting patient safety and quality care which includes the following: protecting patients, being patients' voice, provision of quality care and interpersonal relationship as well as educating patients. To those participants, education meant enlightening the patients on their health conditions and getting the patient to understand all that will be involved in their care process. Therefore, there is a gap between the ideal of patient advocacy and the reality of practice. Comfort Nsiah, University of Cape Coast, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Cape Coast, Central Region, Ghana. This site needs JavaScript to work properly. Vast range of views and experiences was captured. Historically, patient advocacy has been an ethical responsibility for nurses. The study participants believed that patients were vulnerable and limited in knowledge about their health conditions and the best treatment options. If you do not receive an email within 10 minutes, your email address may not be registered, Second, reading through all the transcribed data for complete understanding. First, was verbatim transcription of audiotape recordings followed by reading and listening to audiotaped recordings for accuracy. Throu… On their own, the attributes are one of a number of helping strategies. Understanding the care process enhances cooperation and speedy recovery. These authors further warned that the advocacy roles of nurses in the clinical setting were often accompanied by risks, and the implications of such risks include frustrations, feelings of anger and job loss. The lead author bracketed her ideas by identifying her own values, personal believes and perceptions about the phenomenon under study and put those aside before engaging in the analysis. 1, Manuscript 1. Learn more. DOI: 10.3912/OJIN.Vol17No01Man01 Key words: Florence Nightingale, advocacy, nursing, professionNursing has never been simple. Some participants expressed these sentiments: It also meant nurses were available to help whenever needed by their patients. The study commenced after permission was granted by both Institutional Review Board (IRB) of the University and the authorities at the hospital where the study occurred. The analysis process included data reduction, data display, drawing conclusion and verification (Creswell, 2014; Miles & Huberman, 1994). (2013) contend that the nurse is always placed in an exceptional position to advocate for the patient because of the strong nurse–patient relationship that exists in healthcare facilities. Theoretical saturation was attained as mention of themes became increasingly redundant (Creswell, 2014). Data were collected through semi‐structured interview by the researchers between February 2016–May 2016 from Registered Nurses practicing in various units in the hospital. Three core attributes of the concept of patient advocacy are identified: (1) safeguarding patients' autonomy; (2) acting on behalf of patients; and (3) championing social justice in the provision of health care. (2013) definition of patient advocacy as an action taken to attain goals on behalf of patients. In addition, this study data revealed patient advocacy as being the patients' voice. Most nurses viewed their daily activities in the clinical setting and measures taken on behalf of a patient as being patient advocate. This study made significant contribution to the understanding of patient advocacy and its positive effect on the provision of quality care of patients in the Ghanaian context. Aim: Finally, the study data were managed appropriately to prevent breach of confidentiality. Trustworthiness in qualitative study is explained by Creswell (2014) as a means of ensuring the quality of a research.