Jump to content

Filing a report as a mandated reporter

Nurses   (242 Views | 7 Replies)

LPN9200 has 3 years experience and specializes in Geriatrics.

940 Profile Views; 26 Posts

So, I feel like I’m in a grey area in a situation and I genuinely am unsure on my course of action. Bare with me and please don’t be too critical. I’m truly trying to do what’s right. 
 

Say you have a family member who routinely speaks about blatant incidents of abuse/neglect on a child of their friends (Black eyes, multiple bruises, going over a day without food). But you have not physically witnessed this first hand. Do you report this? With that said, I am aware as a mandated reporter that if I reasonably suspect abuse or neglect that I am required to report it. But I have not witnessed this first hand, I have just had someone tell me these things. While my gut is telling me that I need to make a report, I also second guess myself on the notion that I have not witnessed these things with my own eyes and said family member tends to be slightly dramatic and thrives on dramatic situations. I genuinely want to do what’s right and I would hate for a child to be suffering and I have indirect knowledge of it, but I also don’t want to cause undue grief if in fact it’s a case of stirring the pot. 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Sour Lemon has 9 years experience.

3 Followers; 4,447 Posts; 33,509 Profile Views

Report it. That's not even a gray area.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

SineQuaNon has 13 years experience as a MSN, RN, NP and specializes in ED, Family Practice, Home Health.

35 Posts; 683 Profile Views

I always tell my employees that "It's not your job to investigate or decided if the claim of abuse is justified. It is only your duty to report it." And if I ever even have the slightest HINT that something is amiss, I report. Because the consequences of not reporting are so high. It is the job of CPS/APS to decide if the claim is legit. It's not your job and you haven't been trained to assess and investigate anyways.

Report. Do it now.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

CharleeFoxtrot has 7 years experience as a ADN, RN.

657 Posts; 8,559 Profile Views

I would report it for no other reason than it may help the situation. 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

507 Posts; 2,320 Profile Views

I'm leaning towards reporting it but have you considered talking to your FM about it, saying you think it needs reporting but you want to make sure there's absolutely no exaggeration?  And stressing what can happen?  I'd you don't want to do that I would definitely stress to CPS that this relative has a history of exaggerating things.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Davey Do has 41 years experience and specializes in Psych, CD, HH, Admin, LTC, OR, ER, Med Surge.

17 Followers; 1 Article; 6,820 Posts; 84,552 Profile Views

16 hours ago, SineQuaNon said:

 "It's not your job to investigate or decided if the claim of abuse is justified. It is only your duty to report it." 

Here here!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

LPN9200 has 3 years experience and specializes in Geriatrics.

26 Posts; 940 Profile Views

Thank you all. I made a report today. I just wanted to make sure I was doing the right thing and not helping to blow a situation out of proportion! 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Katie82 has 25 years experience and specializes in Med Surg, Tele, PH, CM.

588 Posts; 4,945 Profile Views

Definitely report it. If you have reason to suspect, you have to report. It is the law. Hopefully, it will be investigated. It's OK to be wrong, and it's anonymous. Better to be safe than to read about this kid in the newspaper. 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
×

This site uses cookies. By using this site, you consent to the placement of these cookies. Read our Privacy, Cookies, and Terms of Service Policies to learn more.