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Am I sure I want to go down this road? Hesitations in the reporting of child maltreatment by nurses
Journal for specialists in pediatric nursing
  • S. S. Eisbach
  • Martha Driessnack, University of Iowa
Document Type
Article
Peer Reviewed
1
Publication Date
10-1-2010
NLM Title Abbreviation
J Spec Pediatr Nurs
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.
Disciplines
Citation Information
S. S. Eisbach and Martha Driessnack. "Am I sure I want to go down this road? Hesitations in the reporting of child maltreatment by nurses" Journal for specialists in pediatric nursing Vol. 15 Iss. 4 (2010) p. 317 - 323 ISSN: 1744-6155
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/martha_driessnack/4/