Vulnerable Population And Self-Awareness

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Vulnerable Population and Self- Awareness Doshi NUR/440-Health Assessment and Promotion for Vulnerable Population December 18, 2012 Vulnerable Population and Self- Awareness This paper is about a vulnerable population chosen from a neighborhood website. The following points to be discussed are the population’s demographics, the writer’s personal awareness of the population before and after conducting research regarding the population, the patient’s current situation, and background that will identify the patient as part of a vulnerable population. The general concept of vulnerability means “susceptibility.” In health care, susceptibility means “at risk for health problems.” According to Campos-Outcalt, Fernandez, Hollow, Lundeen,…show more content…
Some people’s physical and mental abilities deteriorate faster than others’. This does not mean that the elderly population does not deserve respect. I am not biased toward the elderly. When I take care of my patients, whether my patients are elderly, homeless, or alcoholic, I always see myself in them and think that I will be in that bed one day. I also believe that family members should support their elderly parents or grandparents because when they were young, the elderly were the ones who care for them; so, now it is their responsibility to care for the elderly. I wish that everybody held the same opinions I do so the world would not see the elderly population get abused, mistreated, or disrespected from anybody, including healthcare professionals. It is very difficult to change everyone’s attitudes and biases but whatever I am able to do for the elderly population, I will continue to do day by…show more content…
This being established, health care professionals must keep in mind when planning health promotion and prevention programs, the attitudes, culture, and values of these individuals must be considered. Also the communities in which they live must be considered. However, it is difficult to have knowledge about various cultures but by asking open-ended questions to individuals regarding their beliefs and culture, a health care professional may be ensured that they are providing the best care possible, and the patient may be ensured that they are being treated with respect and
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