Essay on Domestic Abuse And Domestic Violence

836 Words Oct 6th, 2015 4 Pages
Typically, when a person hears the term “domestic violence”, they envision a man abusing a woman. However, recently researchers have discovered that domestic violence covers a wide variety of abuse, including: child abuse, elder abuse, same-sex partner abuse, and women harming men abuse (Blais & Hayes, 2016). It has become crucial to the healthcare industry that nurses become educated on domestic violence. Nurses play a critical role in screening for domestic violence, addressing the issue of domestic violence with the patient, and providing direct support to that patient. If nurses are not educated on domestic violence, it can be tough to screen a patient who is a victim of domestic violence. Recently, there has been a new nursing position that has developed to just treat people with domestic violence. This nursing role is essential to the nursing community because that nurse would be the direct link to helping a patient who is a victim of domestic violence. The domestic abuse nurse would be educated on the policies and practices to ensure safety of the victim of domestic violence, communicate across agency boundaries to provide the best support for the patient, and the domestic abuse nurse would be responsible for educating other nurse in the department (McGarry, Kench, & Simpson 2013). Nurses education and recognizing behavior patterns in patients plays a crucial role in allowing the nurse to screen for domestic violence. An example of a behavior pattern is that…

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