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issue of exercising informal power

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Would you as a nurse insist of your informal power even though you know that patient is not getting the care he needs and the doctor refused to listen to your concern? What other options can we do to ensure patients received needed care?

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Here are some ideas in response to the problem. I have used a very interesting and useful source that is particularly pertinent to this discussion (see reference below). I encourage you to also have a look at this article to get some ideas from some of the participants in the study with regard to the issue of exercising informal power.

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Paynton (2008) argues that nurses have a considerable amount of informal power because of their continual and direct access to patients, compared with physicians, who with less personal contact with patients, rely on nurses to provide them with the information needed to make informed medical decisions (Paynton 2008). It is important to acknowledge the significance of this personal or informal power, and to always use it in the patient's best interest. ...

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Nursing issues of exercising informal power are investigated. The other options which we can use to ensure patient received needed care are provided.