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Nurses' contribution to child protection

Land, M. and Barclay, Lesley (2008). Nurses' contribution to child protection. Neonatal, Paediatric and Child Health Nursing,11(1):18-24.

Document type: Journal Article

IRMA ID 83393865xPUB30
Title Nurses' contribution to child protection
Author Land, M.
Barclay, Lesley
Journal Name Neonatal, Paediatric and Child Health Nursing
Publication Date 2008
Volume Number 11
Issue Number 1
ISSN 1441-6638   (check CDU catalogue open catalogue search in new window)
Scopus ID 2-s2.0-43049098304
Start Page 18
End Page 24
Total Pages 7
Place of Publication Australia
Publisher Cambridge Publishing
Field of Research 1110 - Nursing
HERDC Category C1 - Journal Article (DEST)
Abstract This qualitative study used interviews to explore nurses' perceptions of their role in protecting children and to identify any barriers to implementing the role. Parcipitants in this study were recruited through purposive sampling. Ten nurses whose work brings them into regular contact with children and their families were interviewed; the sample included nurses from acute care and community-based nursing services in the Northern Territory (NT). Results from semi-structured, open-ended questions were analysed using a process of coding and thematic analysis. Three major themes, derived from aggregating related sub-themes, were identified and names as Drawing a line in the sand; Mushrooms in the dark and Fear factor. Three broad areas that influence nurses' effectiveness in the protection of children were identified - organisational structures, institutional practices and legislative frameworks. Recommendations from this study include a need for collaborative interdisciplinary practices, development of departmental protocols to support such practice, and nurse-led models of care that aim for early identification of risk factors for child abuse and early intervention to support families and improve family functioning. This exploratory research has provided baseline data for an action research study in progress on the role of nurses in protecting children.
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