A Nurse 's Role On Abuse : Child, Domestic And Elder

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A Nurse’s Role in Abuse: Child, Domestic and Elder
In the healthcare field, nurses play a vital role in identifying and reporting suspected cases of abuse. Because nurses are the first to see patients and their families and they often spend the most time with them, nurses have more opportunity to suspect or identify abuse. Due to this fact, nurses need to be prepared clinically to address all forms of abuse. There are three forms of abuse that nurses may encounter, including child abuse, domestic violence, and elder abuse. In order to provide the best care possible, it is important for nurses to be able to define and identify the most common signs and symptoms of these kinds of abuse, and to understand their nursing responsibilities in each situation.
Child Abuse
According to Section 2151.31 of the Ohio Revised Code (2015), child abuse is defined as any victim under the age of 18 years as a victim of sexual activity and is endangered and exhibits evidence of any physical or mental injury or death inflicted other than by accidental means, or an injury or death which is at variance with the history given of it. Nurses working in the state of Ohio will use this definition of child abuse when conducting their clinical assessment and keeping an eye out for the most common signs and symptoms.
The nurse begins her assessment as soon as she or he lays eyes on the child that is suspected of being abused. The first step is to make the child feel comfortable and protected. The next

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