Title

Am I sure I want to go down this road? Hesitations in the reporting of child maltreatment by nurses

Document Type

Article

Peer Reviewed

1

Publication Date

10-1-2010

NLM Title Abbreviation

J Spec Pediatr Nurs

Journal/Book/Conference Title

Journal for specialists in pediatric nursing

PubMed ID

20880280

DOI of Published Version

10.1111/j.1744-6155.2009.00180.x

Abstract

PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to explore the process of mandated reporting of child maltreatment by pediatric nurses. DESIGN & METHODS: Qualitative description using a grounded theory lens was used with a cross-section of pediatric nurses. RESULTS: A point of divergence in the reporting process appears to occur at the first of three moderating points. When nurses hesitate at this first point, decision-making becomes complex and delays the reporting process, giving rise to two themes: "It's the law" and "The ones that haunt you." PRACTICE IMPLICATIONS: Increasing educational efforts focused on the recognition of child maltreatment may impact nurses' low rate of reporting.

Keywords

Adult, Child, Child Abuse/legislation & jurisprudence/prevention & control, Child Welfare/legislation & jurisprudence, Cross-Sectional Studies, Female, Humans, Male, Mandatory Reporting, Middle Aged, Motivation, Nurse's Role, Nursing Methodology Research, Pediatric Nursing/education/organization & administration, Questionnaires, Young Adult

Published Article/Book Citation

Journal for specialists in pediatric nursing, 15:4 (2010) pp.317-323. DOI:10.1111/j.1744-6155.2009.00180.x.

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URL

https://ir.uiowa.edu/nursing_pubs/655