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Did you get any training on elder abuse?

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I posted this question in the Geriatrics section of the website, but no one responded, so I'm putting it here.

I am doing a nursing on elder abuse. Most nurses have not received any training on this abuse. What training/education did you receive on this subject.

Just for charting purposes, can you also please respond with your age and educational background/level.

Looking forward to your responses.

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OneChattyNurse has 13 years experience and specializes in LTC, MDS/careplans, Unit Manager.

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We have to have a 3 hour class (video) every 3 or 5 years in Iowa. It is mandatory and required by the state. I am not sure about the other states, but I would imagine they all have similar requirements. This subject was also covered pretty thoroughly in nursing school as well. I went to nursing school 10 years ago and I am 34 years old.

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renerian is a BSN, RN and specializes in MS Home Health.

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I have never worked anywhere that I was not given education on elder abuse. I have been a nurse since 86. I currently am an SDC and I have a module on abuse.

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This was covered pretty extensively (complete with a video that made me cry) in nursing school. We also received training on recognizing signs and how to report when I started working (through nursing orientation).

I'm a "new" BSN grad - Dec 2003 - and have been working as RN since Feb.

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Elder abuse was covered in my ADN program. I can't remember how much time was spent on it, but it was probably enough for a general understanding of recognising the problem. Hospital orientation also covered the subject in a general sense. For those who work with this population I would think more training/education would be needed.

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I go to an all day seminar on elder abuse every year. I then do that training for staff once a year for their annual inservice and for all new employees at orientation.

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I was a CNA for about 15 years before I even had

an inservice about abuse. I never understood why

no one could orient us to this topic.

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I just have another quesion too. I read once about an RN who hit a patient and was required to leave

her job. I'm just wondering out all these nurses who get

in trouble with the state board, how easy is it for them to go

back to nursing work? Is there any place I can research this?

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I am 33. I did home health for 9 yrs and we had training on elderly abuse/neglect. Most states have a elderly abuse hotline. You may want to call the Dept of Human Services (they investigate abuse). Go to http://www.elderabusecenter.org.

Also, go to yahoo and type in "elderly abuse neglect report" - they have many links on the subject. Ive been a nurse for 13yrs and have seen many cases of abuse/neglect. Many families want to keep grandma/grandpa at home so that they can get their social security check as opposed to putting them in a nursing home. I had at least 2 cases of sexual abuse - where grandma had alzheimers or she couldnt really communicate with anyone. A family member (in both cases) was having sex with her. I have also seen a lot of neglect - pt is bedbound lying in feces/urine. One lady kept getting sores on her legs (didnt know why). One morning when the nurse showed up - she pulled the covers back to look at her legs. She found two mice in the bed with her - we assume her sores were mice bites. They looked like mice bites to her leg. Elderly abuse makes me furious. Its no different than abusing/neglecting a baby. :angryfire :angryfire

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Abuse training is part of our annual competencies (sp?).

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