Discuss Legal Responsibilities of a Nurse in an Elderly Healthcare Facility in Australia
In Australia, the number of people turning 65 is on the rise. In 2017, 1 out of 7 people was aged 65 and above year. For this reason, healthcare services are currently needed more than ever before (Shorofi, S. A., & Arbon, P., 1-3, (2017).
This paper discusses the legal responsibilities of a nurse in an elderly healthcare facility in Australia.
Promotion of safety
(Kangasniemi, M., Pakkanen, P., & Korhonen, A., 1744-1757, (2015) argues that Physical, as well as the cognitive health, deteriorates as one age. This places elder people at a higher chance of contracting diseases. Their safety and well-being are thus crucial to them. It is important to have a registered nurse present at every time to supervise their health and offer any intervention as needed. Therefore, nurses are required to be in the facility at any point in time. In order to ensure this, nurses take turns to ensure that at least one nurse be available every time (Kangasniemi, M., Pakkanen, P., & Korhonen, A., 1744-1757, (2015)
Supervision of other health workers
(Duchscher, J. B., 87-121, (2008) argues that in order to protect the interests of elderly people in the healthcare facility, nurses do not work in isolation. Effective service delivery is as a result of joint efforts between nurses and other health workers in the hospital. In order to ensure a flawless running of the facility, there should be one to oversee the whole process. Attention to details is inevitable (Hall, L., et al., 29-35, (2015). This is a legal responsibility of a nurse. He or she delegates duties and supervises the operations. Their skills come in handy to implement and monitor the operations in order to ensure consistency with the nursing best practice (Shorofi, S. A., & Arbon, P., 37-45, (2017)
Offer direct care to the elderly patients
(Hall, L., et al., 29-35, (2015) explains that just as the name suggests, ‘to nurse’, nurses gives direct nursing aid to the elderly patient until they recover. Such direct care ranges from offering palliative care, administering medication to the patients, responding to emergencies such fall, trudging patient getting admitted to the facility and any other activity targeted to restore the health of the elderly individual. (Duchscher, J. B., 441-450, (2008) discusses that nurses also advice on behavioral adjustments such as those needed by elderly patients with dementia.
The value of health is priceless. It is thus a call for everyone to take charge of his or her health. It is also important to note that nurses not only offer healthcare delivery to the elderly but also the general public.
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