(Los Angeles – November 14, 2012) Nurses who conduct research on aging issues often hear stories from older adult patients that highlight the inequalities in our healthcare system, illustrate the boundaries of ethical decision making that can impact clinical outcomes and bring into focus unresolved social policy issues.
Sadly, these voices do not get the attention they need or deserve.
Now, researchers at the UCLA School of Nursing will examine these issues of social justice and how nurses can give voice to the elderly and other vulnerable populations to influence policy and care delivery during a symposium at the Gerontological Society of America on Nov. 15. Their presentation, "Advocating for Hidden Voices, Social Justice Among Vulnerable Populations, "at the Gerontological Society of America Annual Scientific Meeting runs from 8 to 9:30 am.
"In their research, our nurses have heard stories about the discrimination and disparities among the marginalized in our society," said Linda Phillips, PhD, RN and director of the Center for Advancement of Gerontological Nursing Sciences at the UCLA School of Nursing. "As nurses and researchers, we have a responsibility to not tolerate these disparities for vulnerable populations."
During this symposium, researchers will discuss how the issues of social justice have arisen in a variety of areas during developing and implementation of research:
"By sharing this research, we hope to the raise awareness of these healthcare discrepancies and start the work to make changes that build a healthy community for all," added Phillips.
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