Most states have laws requiring mandatory reporting for suspicion of child abuse as a condition of professional licensure. Research the law in which you plan to be licensed as an RN and consider the information as you respond to this discussion.
Discuss the common ethical and legal implications of mandatory reporting for nurses regardless of the state in which a Registered Nurse practices. Do the mandatory reporting laws ensure children will be protected? Explain your response. How would the RN overcome the feeling of hesitation to report suspected child abuse?
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