EBP Guideline on Ethical/Legal Issues

EBP Guideline on Ethical/Legal Issues

Weekly Objectives 4 and 5 are addressed in this discussion.

Before posting to the discussion board, locate one Clinical Best Practice Guideline or recent research article (within the past five years) related to an ethical or legal issue among the elderly that aligns with your practice area or an area of interest.

Then address the following:

  • Entitle your discussion post with the title of the article/guideline.
  • Provide a rationale for why you’ve chosen this article/guideline and state how you intend to use it in practice in one paragraph.
  • Apply one of the Recommended Baccalaureate Competencies and Curricular Guidelines for the Nursing Care of Older Adults that fit the article/guideline and state your rationale for using it. (Located in Appendix 2.A on page 30 of the textbook)- attached in the folder
  • Attach the full research article or EBP guideline as a document in the discussion board so that other students can read it and respond more effectively.

Evidence-Based Practice (EBP) on Ethical/Legal Issues: Elder Abuse Prevention by Daly and Butcher (2018)

I have chosen the article, “Evidence-Based Practice Guideline: Elder Abuse Prevention,” by Daly and Butcher (2018) to address the ethical/legal issue of elder abuse. According to the authors, elderly abuse occurs in almost all practice settings. What many do not understand is that the abuse takes many forms. The different forms of abuse may be physical mistreatment, negligence, emotional and psychological abuse, sexual abuse, abandonment, financial and material abuse, as well as a serious loss of respect and dignity (World Health Organization, 2021). Elderly abuse constitutes a violation of human rights and exposes the elderly to more health risks. It is a clear violation of ethical codes of the nursing practice (Daly & Butcher, 2018). Nurses who ignore elderly abuse are neglecting their duty of care to others. I chose the article since it guides healthcare professionals on how to assess older individuals at home and in institutional settings who are at risk of mistreatment. It provides prevalence rates and risk factors for elderly abuse. The EBP guideline further provides recommendations on how to address mistreatment.

Alignment with the Baccalaureate Competencies and Curricular Guidelines for the Nursing Care of Older Adults in EBP Guideline on Ethical/Legal Issues

The EBP guideline aligns with the sixth recommendation of Baccalaureate Competencies and Curricular Guidelines for the Nursing Care of Older Adults. The recommendation requires nurses to identify actual or potential mistreatment in older adults, which includes physical, mental, financial abuse, or self-neglect. Nurses are required to refer appropriately to the standards of reporting and address the issue (American Association of Colleges of Nursing, & American Association of Colleges of Nursing, 2010). The article also corresponds to requirement six as it provides reliable assessment tools to guide the nursing practice for older adults. The EBP provides assessment directions for professionals when evaluating mistreatment among the elderly and reliable methods to address the legal/ethical issue in geriatric care. Through assessment at different settings, nurses are encouraged to identify potential and actual cases of abuse and address them appropriately. The article explicitly recommends professionals look for risk factors of elderly abuse among individuals at risk.

References

American Association of Colleges of Nursing, & American Association of Colleges of Nursing. (2010). Recommended baccalaureate competencies and curricular guidelines for the nursing care of older adults. Washington: AACN.

Daly, J. M., & Butcher, H. K. (2018). Evidence-based practice guideline: Elder abuse prevention. Journal of gerontological nursing44(7), 21-30.

World Health Organization. (2021). Eder abuse. accessed on 9/9/2021 from https://www.who.int/news-room/fact-sheets/detail/elder-abuse

 

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