- Journal of Gerontological Nursing
- November 2011 - Volume 37 · Issue 11: 28-34, 36-37
The incidence of abuse cases in older adults is on the rise. Health care providers play an important role in recognizing and reporting abuse, the first step of which is to prepare themselves with knowledge regarding abuse. This consists of knowing the risk factors and signs and symptoms of abuse and how to report it. Of equal importance is knowledge of ethical implications, legalities, and ways to prevent elder abuse. Health care providers must take advantage of their unique roles to assess for mistreatment as well as to spread knowledge on recognizing, reporting, and preventing elder abuse.
Ms. Hess is an MSN student, Washburn University School of Nursing, Topeka, Kansas.
The author discloses that she has no significant financial interests in any product or class of products discussed directly or indirectly in this activity, including research support. The author acknowledges her professor Dr. Nora Clark, Washburn University School of Nursing.
Address correspondence to Sheena Hess, BSN, RN, 517 Brentwood Drive, Lawrence, KS 66049; e-mail: .Amazing1313@hotmail.com