The current ANS featured article is titled “Informed Advocacy: Rural, Remote, and Northern Nursing Praxis.” In this article, the authors, Karen MacKinnon, PhD, RN; Pertice Moffitt, PhD, RN present present a synthesis of their combined research about nursing practices in Western and Northern Canada. They compared the stories of rural Canadian public health nurses with feminist and critical theoretical perspectives in order to discern evidence of informed advocacy as emancipatory nursing practice. In their conclusion they describe the elements of informed advocacy:
. . . we learned that the informed advocacy work of rural, remote, and northern nurses includes the following dimensions: (1) ensuring that people’s concerns are heard (by listening with intention and responding with action), (2) contextualizing practices (by making visible or using information about the contexts of people’s lives to inform health care decision making), (3) safeguarding (by ensuring that people remained safe), and (4) addressing systematic health inequities (by mobilizing local resources and by providing leadership at the health system or health policy level).
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