Nursing: Pennsylvania Mandatory Child Abuse Recognition and Reporting (Initial Licensure)

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About the Course
Child abuse and neglect remains a significant problem in the U.S. Approximately 3.5 million children in the U.S. were the subjects of at least one child abuse or neglect report (United States Department of Health and Human Services [HHS] 2019).  In the state of Pennsylvania alone, there were 46,208 reports of suspected child and student abuse in 2017 (HHS, 2019). This course fulfills the Pennsylvania LPN, RN, and APN 2-year licensure renewal continuing education requirement for 3 contact hours of Child Abuse Recognition and Reporting.  The course provides the details of the identification, assessment, and reporting of child abuse and reviews Pennsylvania's state laws regarding child abuse and neglect.

Learning Outcomes:
Upon completion of this course, the learner should be able to:
  • Recognize possible clinical, behavioral, and physical indicators of suspected child abuse and neglect.
  • Explain criteria of mandated reporters in accordance with Pennsylvania law.
  • Evaluate situations to determine whether there is reasonable cause to suspect child abuse or neglect.
  • Apply the updated requirements and protocol for reporting child abuse or neglect in Pennsylvania.
  • Describe the reporting procedure in Pennsylvania.

About the Author:
Margaret Hughes, MSN, RN, CPNP,  is a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner who graduated from the Yale School of Nursing in 2016 with a concentration in global health. Her interest in health care started at young age when she had several opportunities to shadow doctors in France and Belgium. She currently works in student health at a large university in Boston, Massachusetts. Previously, she worked at community-based and school-based health centers providing primary care to high-risk, medically underserved populations. She also has experience as a nurse and worked in a private pediatric clinic in Connecticut and at an overnight summer camp in New York.

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