“Elderly Care: Attitudes of Nurses”

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NURSES ATTITUDE TOWARD THE ELDERLY The world is aging; however chronological age may have little relation to the reality of aging. When caring for this group of people nurses must consider culture, ethnic and racial diversities.
Elderly clients will expect that the nurse render culturally competent care and one major aim is to help promote independence and help client maintain or restore activities of daily living.
The age 65 becomes the boundary of old age. Why does the age group continue to grow, Erickson said longer life span, better medicine, better treatment and better diagnosis testing answers the question. Diversity is also increasing due to naturalization and immigration, a majority of older adult live in
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In long-term care settings registered nurses (nurses) hold neutral to slightly positive attitudes towards the elderly, although these attitudes are less positive than nurses in teaching, health department or rehabilitate services areas.
However, nurses in long term settings do have more positive and less negative attitudes toward the elderly than either licensed practitioner nurses or nursing aides.
Nurses in long term settings have been reported to having an interest in working in this area although they feel their skills were not appropriately used and working there highlights problems for their own old age when they fear they, like their older patients, will be made to feel useless and not needed. Negative aspects of this work are: high dependency of patients, structure of nursing work with older patients and lack of staffing.
Little research has examined the care older patients receive in the acute care setting – a potentially dangerous place for older patients. These patients are more likely to develop post-operative complications and nosocomial infections than younger patients. In some hospitals their dependence is encouraged as it is quicker ‘to do’ for older patients and they are discharged with lower levels of functioning than they had on admission. Older patients are discharged to their homes and many receive limited family or community assistance. They are often uninformed about their illness and recovery,
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