Sample Nursing Essays on Assessing for Family Violence

Nurses interact with variegated cases of child abuse. These include physical abuse, sexual abuse, psychological abuse and neglect. Nurses play an important role in evaluating, coordinating counseling activities and reporting cases of child abuse. Nurses activate a consortium of professionals that aide in debriefing of the child and navigate the child to full disclosure and closure. Additionally, nurses collect forensic evidence to facilitate reportage on child abuse.

Interviewing a child is a delicate process that requires setting of the right environment. The venue for the interview has to be a neutral, quiet and secure. The venue should have a reasonable number of toys. Caution should be exercised on the number of toys as many of these often distract the child. Crayons and writing material should be available for the child to scribble when necessary. The interviewing nurse(s) should position themselves in a manner as to make eye-level contact with the child (Ackerman 145). The interviewer should sit close to the child but provide reasonable space for the child’s comfort. Intruding too much into the child’s territory or space could make them withdraw even further or become defensive. Ideally a representative from child services has to be present during such interviews concealed behind a one-way mirror if available.

When interviewing the child the interviewer has greet the child using its first name and make informal introduction. Inform the child where its parent will be during the interview. The interviewer should then inform the child of the purpose of the interview and its magnitude. Humphreys & Janice note that during this period the interviewer or nurse may observe for any signs of nervousness in the child (Humphreys and Campbell 80). Questions asked should be objective and have built up dimension and could include where the child schools and what they like doing. If the child has difficulty explaining abuse; the interviewer should encourage them to demonstrate the same on drawings and or the toys (Humphreys and Campbell 61). The interviewer should praise the child for their courage at the end of the interview.

By embellishing the above practicum, nurses are able to assess the child’s emotional, psychological and physical state. Additionally the nurses gain knowledge on the child’s cognitive and physical development process through such interaction.


Works Cited

Ackerman , M J. Essencials of Forensic Psychological Assessment. New York, Chichester,          Weinheim, Brisbane, Singapore, Toronto: Willey & Sons Inc., 1999.

Humphreys, Janice and Jacquelyn C Campbell , Family Violence and Nursing Practice.    Second Edition. New York: Springer publishers, 2011.