Mandatory Reporting Essay

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PEARSON (pages 169-171)  Mandatory reporting refers to a legal requirement to report an act, event, or situation that is designated by state or local law as a reportable event  all states mandate the reporting of certain vital statistics such as births and deaths  many states require reporting of abortions and neonatal deaths  federal and states laws mandate the reporting of communicable disease, including venereal diseases   Abuse or neglect of minors and older adults  abuse or suspected abuse of vulnerable individuals is mandated to be reported in most states  nurse reports the required information through the…show more content…
t the relevant facts to the Board of Nursing (BON)  The reporting forms available online  NPA spells out any formal action the board may take, and it usually requires clear convincing evidence  Many complaints are resolved through informal processes; in other instances, a formal administrative hearing is held  Nurse has a right to due process  Nurse is informed of any allegations regarding his or her practice  Nurse has the opportunity to respond to and defend against these allegations  The matter is heard by a fair and impartial body  An immunity clause protects individuals who make a report unless the reporting person knew the report was false or acted with reckless disregard, without concern for the validity of the allegations made in the report  Nurses have a legal obligation to report conduct that is incompetent, unethical, and illegal  This includes reporting violence, abuse or neglect towards clients by other nurses and extends to reporting conduct involving third parties, including family members and other healthcare providers  Mandatory Reporting of Certain Injuries and Illnesses  Mandatory reporting of infectious conditions is a cornerstone of maintaining public health  Since 1878, the US Public Health System has been collecting information on infectious conditions for the purpose of early identification and control of massive outbreaks, including, when necessary, instituting quarantines  High profile diseases and threats of
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