This essay focuses on vulnerable populations. The needs of these populations are serious, debilitating, and vital, with poor health in 1 dimension likely compounded by poor health in others.
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Vulnerable Populations Instructions We often consider how community health nurses can support vulnerable populations. For this self-reflection, complete the following: Identify a vulnerable population in your community and internationally;
Firstly, What resources are available to service these populations’ specific needs?
Secondly, What gaps or areas could be better addressed?
Thirdly, What policies may affect these vulnerable populations?
Then, explore what unique assets or perspectives vulnerable populations can provide to nurses. Reflect on how you, as a professional nurse, hope to improve individual and social factors that contribute to vulnerability in populations. For additional details, please refer to the Journal Guidelines and Rubric document:
The health domains of vulnerable populations can be divided into 3 categories: physical, psychological, and social.4 Those with physical needs include high-risk mothers and infants, the chronically ill and disabled, and persons living with HIV/acquired immunodeficiency syndrome.4 Chronic medical conditions include respiratory diseases, diabetes, hypertension, dyslipidemia, and heart disease. Eighty-seven percent of those 65 years and older have 1 or more chronic conditions, and 67% of this population have 2 or more chronic illnesses.9
In the psychological domain, vulnerable populations include those with chronic mental conditions, such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, major depression, and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, as well as those with a history of alcohol and/or substance abuse and those who are suicidal or prone to homelessness.4
In the social realm, the populations include those living in abusive families, the homeless, immigrants, and refugees.4
The needs of these populations are serious, debilitating, and vital, with poor health in 1 dimension likely compounded by poor health in others. Those with multiple problems also face more significant comorbidities and cumulative risks of their illness than those experiencing a single illness.4