Vulnerable Population in the workplace Essay

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Vulnerable Population in the Workplace

NUR 440
February 11, 2013

Vulnerable Population in the Workplace
One has chosen to focus on the substance abuse patients as the vulnerable population for the project. Frequently one has identified and seen stigmatization, prejudgments, and poor care given to this population in the workplace. Many patients are discharged each day with no plan of care, no education on resources and no instructions for follow up care. The outcomes and possibilities for the patient’s recovery have shown to be slim by the frequent return of the patient in the emergency room. The patients return within hours of discharge from the ER and seem to be in the same condition as when they left. One has
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If the patient is in the waiting area and waiting to come in, many charge nurses will continue to skip over the patient to bring in others. If the patient is in the department the providers tend not to pick-up their charts in assumption the patient will just leave to continue his or her addiction.
One has created a teaching brochure to help identify three concepts, which may lead and assist in caring for the substance abuse patient. The concepts will help providers to be empathetic, trustworthy, and intelligent to the patient’s backgrounds and beliefs. The brochure speaks of the concepts and reasons it will aid in the patient success in recovery. If these patients are seen as a lost cause and providers do not listen or rectify the problem the population of the substance abuser will grow and increase the death rate and increase dangers to others as well. Substance abuse does not only endanger the patient but the people around him or her. For example, a person who is drinking and driving can hit a pedestrian walking and cause fatal danger to that person.
One has learned through lessons in this class how to identify a vulnerable population, how self-awareness cultural competence, and advocacy can help treat these patients and provide the best care needed to have the best outcome. The first step as a provider is to have self –awareness. It is only possible for one to relate to
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