There are many vulnerable populations around the world. Some examples are low-income children, chronically ill individuals, homeless individuals, people who suffer from mental illness, ethnic minorities, and elderly individuals. There are many not listed above however, as the baby boomer population is growing older and homeless and drug addiction are on the rise, the list of vulnerable individuals is increasing.
Low-income children have any reasons why they are considered a vulnerable population. One of those reasons is children born into poverty are twice as likely to live in poverty as an adult compared to a child that was not. Another reason is that children born in poverty are more likely to suffer from early nutritional deficiencies that have lifelong effects. Also, children born into poverty are less likely to receive a quality education and are less likely to have the support after school to help with their studies. The two most alarming reasons that low-income children are considered a vulnerable population is because extreme poverty is linked to multiple forms of child abuse and children born in extreme poverty have a statically shorter life expectancy. (Concern Worldwide US, 2019)
“Currently, the United Nations estimates that nearly 385 million children around the world are living below the universal poverty line. They also have fewer options available to them to break the cycle of poverty given that they have less agency than adults and are often the subjects of abuse and mistreatment as a direct result of poverty. (Concern Worldwide US, 2019)” This population, unlike some of the other vulnerable populations, are not able to speak up for themselves. This population does not have the knowledge or life experience to know their options on speaking up for themselves or finding a way out until they are older. I grew up in poverty but I had a fantastic mom and always felt like I lived a great life, but I know that is not the same for many children. Due to the inability to speak up for themselves, rather because of resources or knowledge, it is especially important for nurses to be a voice for these children. There is not many fields in medicine where you are not working with the family unit as a whole, so it is important to listen and education your patients on a healthy family unit and to always report any type of mistreatment. It is also important to make sure that your patients families have food and shelter and to give appropriate resources when needed.
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ompare vulnerable populations. Describe an example of one of these groups in the United States or from another country. Explain why the population is designated as “vulnerable.” Include the number of individuals belonging to this group and the specific challenges or issues involved. Discuss why these populations are unable to advocate for themselves, the ethical issues that must be considered when working with these groups, and how nursing advocacy would be beneficial.