Nursing Forum, vol.55, no.4, pp.637-644, 2020 (ESCI)
© 2020 Wiley Periodicals LLCBackground: The nursing literature emphasizes that there are still inadequacies, differences, and inconsistencies in the definition of nurses' advocacy role, and that nursing education plays an important role in educating nurses for patient advocacy. Objective: The aim of this descriptive qualitative study is to determine nurse academics' perception of and opinions about advocacy in nursing. Methods: The study group consisted of five academics working as nurse educators in a university. A questionnaire and focus group interview methods were used to collect the data. Results: A framework that consisted of three categories, including the scope of advocacy in nursing; today's health system and advocacy; nurses' foundation/knowledge base for an advocacy role was set by considering the opinions of participants. Conclusion: It was emphasized that nurse academics regarded advocacy as an ethical obligation and saw it from a broad perspective including social justice, that changing health system has increased the importance of advocacy role in nursing, that the personality characteristics of prospective nurses are important, and that nursing education should be improved in terms of advocacy.