Vulnerable Populations with Nursing

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Vulnerable Populations
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2/13/12

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I will discuss two theories and apply them to different vulnerable populations. Vulnerability is an important factor for nurses to consider when working with clients across the lifespan. Vulnerability is a result of uncontrollable individual factors over which the patient has no influence (Creasia & Feiberg, 2011). Vulnerability is a general concept meaning “susceptibility” and has a specific connotation in health care “at risk for health problems” (Chesnay & Anderson, 2012). The first theorist is Lydia Hall’s care, cure, and core theory. It refers to patients as having three needs of care: the physical, the medical, and the social needs. Nurses can easily provide the care, cure, and core theory to meet the needs of patients with congestive heart failure. Nurses using Lydia Hall’s theory assist with education, medical management, and provide physical, emotional or social support for congestive heart failure patients. The medical management and education offered by nurses increase patients knowledge, and the ability to manage their disease. They can prevent exacerbations, and reduce hospital readmissions (Davood, 2009). The care model dominates when nurses provide hands on care to the heart failure patients produces an environment of comfort and trust. It promotes open communication between nurses and patients. Open communication encourages the patient to express thoughts of fear and decrease their anxiety. Patients develop feelings of security and verbalize concerns of their disease management, emotional, and social issues in relation to the lifestyle changes they experiencing secondary to congestive heart failure (Davood, 2009). The cure model is noticed when nurses perform physical assessments and care management plans…...

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