Mallik (1997) concludes from her review that the core condition which demands advocacy action is the vulnerability of the client in two respects: personal vulnerability and also vulnerability to risks inherent in the institutional processes to which the client is exposed. Which best describes an example of how a patient would experience personal vulnerability?


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- A patient develops a seizure disorder

- A patient receives a bill for hospital services

- The policies of the hospital require a patient to be discharged to long-term care

- The physician orders a new medication for a patient


Nurses have an ethical obligation to advocate for their patients. A patient who receives care is vulnerable in terms of his illness and his experience with the healthcare institution. The nurse must act as an advocate for the patient in both situations. Personal vulnerability refers to the illness that the patient is experiencing. A patient who develops a seizure disorder must learn to manage his illness and therefore has developed personal vulnerability.

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