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- I am so ******* upset right now! I hate corporate American policies! My agency returned my call & asked that I write a formal statement for their Compliance Officer because the reason stated for my termination was reporting. They said they need it in case something comes back as a result of what has transpired at the school. Also, I was told that I had reported the incident to the principal & that I didn't need to take any further action. I explained what the laws are regarding abuse & once again informed that I had already done my part. WTH is wrong with people? Has their greed clouded their judgement & their sense of right & wrong? I am livid & not sure if I want to cry or scream at this moment.
- I promise that wasn't a curse word! I guess the moderator thought it was close enough. Sorry if anyone though it was.
- Oct 15, '12 by brilloheadAs for telling the parent, you could always say something like, "I saw that <victim-child> was <struck/choked/slapped/whatever> by <aggressor-child>, so you might want to be on the lookout for s/s of pain, contusion, swelling, etc.
That is you relaying medical information that is relevant to your charge, rather than "tattling" about abuse.
- Should I write a statement for the compliance officer? His tone initially was "as a parent i can understand why you're so upset about this situation". However, during his return call, his tone was more like a "I'm protecting my relationship with the client & my company & from this point, you're on your own". I am afraid I may be the one left holding the bag.
- Oct 15, '12 by JustBeachyNurseNot a school nurse, but consider calling your personal malpractice/liability insurance for advice. Like others said nurses are manditory reporters, regardless of what your agency says. Compliance is likely involved because they know this is the truth. There is one agency that is now under manditory compliance oversight because of failure to address issues such as this (as well as several other unscrupulous business practices). Good luck.
you can check your board of nursing website for information and support regarding manditory reporting of child abuse.
- Oct 16, '12 by nursel56I think the advice from Just Beachy Nurse is good. Unfortunately neither your agency or the school are going to be interested in anything other than protecting themselves from liability.
I found a couple of websites you might find helpful. Both are ".gov" - the first is from HHS called the Child Welfare Information Gateway. It's very user-friendly. You check a box for the state you live in and check others that apply to your situation, the site will then provide you with the appropriate statutes and other info.
I have some experience with Special Ed through two family members. I know that a great deal of their funding comes from the federal government, and they are very concerned that money is used appropriately and offer information on what to do about abuse and allegations of other types of misconduct. Here:
US Dept of Education Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services.
Hope it all works out for the best.Last edit by nursel56 on Oct 16, '12
- Oct 18, '12 by LovewhatidointxUpdate...I followed everyone's advice. Reported incidents to the proper authorities. Have to say this has turned into one big mess. My student's mother has hired an attorney to fight for my job after being told there was nothing she could do but accept a new nurse. All of the children's parents were notified by the teacher's aide of the abuse. The secret is out. Saddest part for me is when my supervisor told me "Do you really think you're the only nurse who's seeing things like this? No, you're not! So, why is it that you're the only nurse I'm having a problem with keeping your mouth shut?". I am deeply saddened that my fellow nurses can in good conscience witness children being abuse & choose to ignore it. I didn't become a nurse to sit by quietly & watch any individual be harmed. If this is what being a nurse is, I'm in the wrong field! I became a nurse because I care about people. I want to make a difference in people's lives. I believe we become nurses to positively impact the lives we are trusted with not to give in to corporate policies that care more about profit than people. Correct me if I'm wrong.
- Oct 18, '12 by CrunchRNYou went out on a limb advocating for the children and I am just awe struck. I truly hope something wonderful happens for you and I am so proud of you as a nurse and a human being.
So, the agency fired you for reporting this? If so it would be nice to get some publicity about this. There should be absolutely zero tolerance for this kind of abuse in our schools.
- Oct 18, '12 by JustBeachyNurseIf you have personal malpractice/liability insurance contact them...now they may be able to assist you if you lose your job for doing the right thing and following the law as a mandated reporter. You did the right thing. Clearly your patient's mother understands this as she TOO is fighting for you.
I'll never understand why people keep quiet when others abuse the innocent with no voice. It's up to you how much publicity you want to do, but be wary once you open that bag of worms it can rupture far and wide.
There are huge networks of special needs parents, myself included, who are standing by your side.