Mrs. Boggs has three children under the age of 5 and is 6 months pregnant with her fourth child. She

Mrs. Boggs has three children under the age of 5 and is 6
months pregnant with her fourth child. She has made repeated unscheduled visits
to your clinic with vague somatic complaints regarding the children as well as
herself, but has missed several scheduled prenatal appointments. On occasion
she has worn sunglasses to cover bruises around her eyes. As a nurse you sense
there is something else bothering her, but she doesn’t seem to want to discuss
it with you. She appears sad and the children cling to her.

a. Outline your conversation when you broach the subject of
abuse with Mrs. Boggs. b.

Mrs. Boggs has three children under the age of 5 and is 6
months pregnant with her fourth child. She has made repeated unscheduled visits
to your clinic with vague somatic complaints regarding the children as well as
herself, but has missed several scheduled prenatal appointments. On occasion
she has worn sunglasses to cover bruises around her eyes. As a nurse you sense
there is something else bothering her, but she doesn’t seem to want to discuss
it with you. She appears sad and the children cling to her.

a. Outline your conversation when you broach the subject of
abuse with Mrs. Boggs. b. What is your role as a nurse in caring for a family
in which you suspect abuse? c. What ethical/legal considerations are important
in planning care for this family?