Am I sure I want to go down this road? Hesitations in the reporting of child maltreatment by nurses
NLM Title Abbreviation
J Spec Pediatr Nurs
Journal for specialists in pediatric nursing
DOI of Published Version
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.
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.