Original ArticlesAddressing Social Determinants of Health Through AdvocacyPersaud, Sabita PhD, APHN-BCAuthor Information School of Nursing, Notre Dame of Maryland University, Baltimore. Correspondence: Sabita Persaud, PhD, APHN-BC, School of Nursing, Notre Dame of Maryland University, 4701 North Charles St, Baltimore, MD 21210 ([email protected]). This work was produced with the assistance of a Nurse Support Program II grant administered by the Maryland Higher Education Commission funded through the Health Services Cost Review Commission.Marleen Thornton, PhD, RN, contributed to data collection and analysis.The author declares no conflict of interest. Nursing Administration Quarterly: April/June 2018 - Volume 42 - Issue 2 - p 123-128 doi: 10.1097/NAQ.0000000000000277 Buy Metrics Abstract The social determinants of health (SDOH) are receiving increased attention due to their influence on health disparities, health outcomes, and overall quality of life. Nurse leaders must take an active role in advocating for strategies that address these important issues. The purpose of this descriptive study was to explore nurses' knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors related to SDOH. A sample of 107 registered nurses completed the SDOH survey. Findings revealed that nurses experience personal discomfort and anticipate patient discomfort related to addressing the SDOH in their practice. They also voice a lack of skill, lack of time, and a dependency on other professionals to address these issues. The findings highlight the need for nurse leaders to advocate for nurses and those they care for through policy development, collaboration, and education. Based on the findings of this study, multiple strategies for nurse leaders serving as advocates are presented. © 2018 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc. All rights reserved.