Position Role

The goal of this advocacy role is to help the patient reach maximum potential in terms of achievement and maintenance of disease remission and quality of life. Through participation in clinics, urgent issue-telephone triage, and outreach activities the nurse becomes the consistent contact, provides patient education and reinforcement, and guides patients' optimum health.

This role requires professional maturity and the ability to work independently. Communication, appropriate documentation, and adherence to Practice Acts are also of paramount importance. Nursing experience in the areas of endoscopy, ostomy care, research, and patient education is advantageous in caring for the IBD patient. Patience and empathy for the chronically ill, as well as the ability to be firm and set limits as needed, are necessary with this patient population. Interpersonal skills that promote a feeling of safety and openness for patients to discuss embarrassing symptoms and honesty in compliance issues are also necessary. Of equal importance, ongoing communication between the nurse advocate and the physician is vital as the nurse promotes the adherence to the plan of care. When the patient senses a collaborative approach to their care, they are reassured and trust is developed.

Constipation Prescription

Constipation Prescription

Did you ever think feeling angry and irritable could be a symptom of constipation? A horrible fullness and pressing sharp pains against the bladders can’t help but affect your mood. Sometimes you just want everyone to leave you alone and sleep to escape the pain. It is virtually impossible to be constipated and keep a sunny disposition. Follow the steps in this guide to alleviate constipation and lead a happier healthy life.

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