Child Abuse and Ethics: Working through Dilemmas in Mandatory Reporting
2.8 Contact Hours
Written by: Gail Sobotkin, RN, BSN
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After completing this course participants should be able to:
- Understand mandatory reporting statutes.
- Understand the mandatory reporter's immunity from criminal and civil liability.
- Understand the penalties and consequences for failure to report suspected child abuse.
- Recognize warning signs of Munchausen Syndrome By Proxy (MSBP).
- Understand the ANA Code of Ethics, provisions 2 & 3 in relation to mandatory reporting.
- Understand the establishment and maintenance of central registries for child abuse.
- Understand how allegations of child abuse impact the nurse/ patient/ family relationship.
Child abuse cases, especially those with horrific outcomes, are all too frequently covered in the media. The author will use real court cases of MSBP to illustrate dilemmas that nurses face when trying to decide when and what they are mandated to report. MSBP is highly controversial, difficult to diagnose, prosecute and prove. It can present nurses with ethical choices that elicit powerful feelings. This article will help you make choices that follow nursing standards of practice and help ensure your patient's safety when child abuse is suspected.