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Is dementia nursing undervalued?


The reality is that many more elderly demented people will find their way onto acute hospital wards. The reason for admission my well be "legitimate" ie fractured femur or pneumonia. Many will be admitted as a result of "acopia" with malnutrition and dehydration. Whatever the for admission these old people present a major challenge to nurses. Lack of or deteriorating cognitive function coupled with inappropriate, challenging often behaviour ensure that these patients are very demanding of nursing time. Four or five of these patients admitted to a n acute ward results either in their care needs being met and other patients neglected or more probably every patient receiving less care than is, in reality, required. Unless your ward is staffed to meet the needs of the elderly demented patients a blizzard of formal demands for additional staff should be descending onto the desks of those "Senior Nurses" who ensure unsafe and unsatisfactory care is the only option available.

Posted date

31 October, 2012

Posted time

4:29 am