The Role of the Medical-Surgical Nurse in the Identification of Elder Abuse

The Role of the Medical-Surgical Nurse in the Identification of Elder Abuse

Identification: MSNN1906
Issue: November/December 2019
Volume: Volume 28 - Number 6
Credits (Post Test and/or Evaluation Required)
Available until 12/31/2021
  • 1.10 - CH


As the aging population continues to grow, it is crucial to provide healthcare professionals education on different types of elder abuse and how to identify it in the healthcare setting to better protect the elderly population. Initially, it may be difficult for healthcare workers to detect elder abuse in patients due to lack of time spent with patients and the patient’s inability to be direct about what they may be experiencing. This case study exploration will help medical-surgical nurses identify elder abuse in their patient population.

Learning Outcome:
After completing this learning activity, the learner will be able to differentiate between the different types of elder abuse.

Learning Engagement Activity:
Identify the "best practices" described in the article and discuss how these could be implemented in your work area/facility.

Contact hours available until 12/31/21.

Requirements for Successful Completion:
Complete the learning activity in its entirety and complete the online CNE evaluation.

Authors Conflict of Interest Disclosure:

The author(s), editor, editorial committee, content reviewers, and education director reported no actual or potential conflict of interest in relation to this continuing nursing education article.

Commercial Support and Sponsorship:
No commercial support or sponsorship declared.

Accreditation Statement:
This session is jointly provided by Anthony J. Jannetti, Inc. (AJJ) and the Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses (AMSN).

Anthony J Jannetti, Inc. is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

Anthony J. Jannetti, Inc. is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the California Board of Registered Nurses, Provider Number CEP 5387.

This article was reviewed and formatted for contact hour credit by Michele Boyd, MSN, RN, AMSN Education Director.


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Expired On: Dec 31, 2021

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Carmen Marquetti
1/17/20 7:32 pm

Excellent way to provide us with the reality of different elder abuse and how we can detect and act by report it tp the proper authorities.

Carmen Marquetti
1/17/20 7:43 pm

There are different types of elderly abuse, the most common form of it is financial exploitation, with physical abuse, neglect and emotional, and most of the time is a family member the perpetrator, and in many cases the elders are afraid to report it, that is why we, the nurses play an important role in detecting and reporting this criminal act, being this is an excellent article for us to review and apply it in our daily basis practice.Thanks.

Kyonghui Defazio
1/22/20 1:07 am

Great information

Shanae Burley
2/12/20 12:43 pm


Fraulein Calla-Zarate
2/13/20 2:33 pm

In my response on the evaluation, I answered that I will make a change in my practice by using the EASI questionnaire when identifying elder abuse. I also want to add that I would recommend such method to my workplace. The tool seems to be so much better than the current questions that we use when admitting patients and screening them for signs of abuse. Very timely newsletter and CE in a med surg practice. thank you!

Paul DeJohn
3/19/20 3:24 pm

This is a great article because it breaks down all the different types of abuse that could be happening. Also that we should be screening for it as well.

Juanito Santander
7/9/20 12:37 pm

Very useful during making rounds of elderly patients.

Brenda Williams
8/10/20 11:05 am

I agree that this will be useful when doing rounds as a NCM as well.

Patricia Biasiello
12/10/20 6:46 am

Informative article.

Allison Weech
2/11/21 10:01 am

I realize that a variety of recommendations from best practices must be utilized so as to have a more heightened awareness and detection of Elder Abuse.

Tamara Koehling
3/15/21 10:12 am

Great topic and article and a topic that needs to be continually presented in all aspects of nursing.

Fe Quiring
6/30/21 6:19 pm

I learned al lot for this article and will help me for my nursing practice

Penny Shipp
5/20/22 12:17 am

Great article with good case studies that remind nurses to be more aware of the frequency of elder abuse in our communities and what to look for and the steps to take if we suspect abuse when our patients are admitted.

Salud Cynthia Elizarde
9/3/22 10:43 am

Informative article.

Kyonghui Defazio
7/7/23 2:32 am