Using your chosen scenario, discuss the role of the Registered Nurse (RN) in Child Aware Practice.
Patrick Jones is a 3 month old male infant who has been admitted to the Horizon Hospital paediatric ward with a differential diagnosis of gastroenteritis. He presented to the Emergency Department with a 48 hour history of vomiting and diarrhoea. Patrick lives with his mother Annie, his father Ben, and his 4 year old sibling Gemma. Gemma has also experienced vomiting and diarrhoea for the past 48 hours. His mother Annie Jones was diagnosed with postnatal depression when Patrick was 2 weeks old. Annie is rooming in with Patrick while he is in hospital, and Ben is looking after Gemma at home.
Introduction (150 words)
Introduce the purpose and structure of the essay. Introduce the chosen scenario. Outline how you will address the essay topic.
Body of essay (1,200 words)
Explain Child Aware Practice. Outline the principles of consent for infants, children and young people. Discuss how the RN can identify signs that may indicate abuse or neglect for your scenario, and how the RN will comply with Mandatory Reporting requirements in South Australia.
Consider your chosen scenario and integrate it in the body of the essay to demonstrate your knowledge and understanding of the essay topic. For example, ensure you outline how the principles of consent specifically relate to your chosen scenario, and what circumstances or information provided may be suggesting of possible abuse or neglect.
Use relevant legislation and academic literature to assist your discussion.
Conclusion (150 words)
Summarise the purpose and content of the essay in a logical and succinct manner.
A minimum of 8 contemporary and relevant references, for example, peer-reviewed journal articles, text books and reputable websites, no more than 10 years old are to be used in support of your essay. As many Australian references as possible.