Elder Abuse and Nursing: What Nurses Need to Know and Can Do 1st Edition

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The only text about elder abuse specifically for nurses in clinical settings.

Nurses are required by law to report elder abuse even when it is suspected but not verified. This is the only research-based and clinically oriented text that applies what is known about different forms of elder abuse in domestic and long-term care settings to the everyday experiences of practicing nurses. Content addresses not only legal and ethical concerns, but also serves as an essential guide to caring for older adults, delineating the role of nurses in detecting, suspecting, reporting, assessing, providing interventions for, and preventing elder abuse in all clinical settings. Detailed and unfolding case studies throughout the text illustrate nurses in action as they address elder abuse in commonly encountered nurse client or nurse patient situations.

Chapters show nurses in various health care settings how to address elder abuse issues relating to older adults, caregivers, and perpetrators. Each section provides nurses with crucial information about how to access essential resources for addressing specific aspects of elder abuse, including self-neglect, domestic abuse, abuse in long-term care settings, financial abuse, and sexual abuse. In-depth guides help nurses apply their usual nursing assessment and intervention skills to unusual situations when caring for older adults who are in actual or potentially abusive situations. In an easy-to-use and clinically applicable format, concise tools and guides throughout the book highlight core facets of elder abuse and the role of nurses. Each chapter concludes with Key Points: What Nurses Need to Know and Can Do highlighting the content that is most applicable to nursing care of older adults.


  • Presents essential facts about different forms of elder abuse and applies the information to nursing care of older adults in various clinical settings
  • Describes key criteria for nurses to use for recognizing, assessing, providing interventions for, and reporting elder abuse
  • Addresses legal, ethical, cultural, and interprofessional care considerations
  • Provides numerous guides to nursing assessment and interventions that address elder abuse
  • Case examples illustrate nurses in action addressing many types of elder abuse situations
  • Includes the words of older adults describing their experiences and perceptions of elder abuse
  • Includes the words and thoughts of nurses describing their reflections on and perceptions of elder abuse situations
  • Each chapter concludes with Key Points: What Nurses Need to Know and Can Do




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