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This week, we will discuss the critical role of healthcare team members in advocating for and protecting vulnerable patient populations, specifically older adults. Click the video below to watch this week’s Practice and Principle episode.

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This episode raises essential ethical and legal considerations requiring collective reflection and discussion.

1.What are the legal and reporting obligations for healthcare providers when they suspect elder abuse? How can these obligations sometimes conflict with the patient’s autonomy and wishes?

2.What role does advocacy play in nursing practice, mainly when dealing with vulnerable populations such as the elderly? How can healthcare providers effectively advocate for patients who may be unable or unwilling to advocate for themselves?

3.How can interprofessional collaboration and communication be optimized in cases like the one depicted in this episode to ensure the best possible care for this patient?