Five children die every day in the U.S. from child abuse and neglect, and 80% are 4 years old or younger. It’s up to healthcare practitioners, school personnel, and caregivers to be the first line of defense for at-risk children. Knowing what to look for and how to take appropriate action if abuse is occurring is critical to saving lives.
Join sexual assault forensics expert Dr. Dianne Ditmer, veteran clinical nurse educator and Certified Forensic Nurse, in this 60-minute session as she teaches you how to identify types of caregivers and environmental risk factors that could result in abuse. She'll instruct you on recognizing the wounds and diseases indicative of abuse and explain how to document and report findings to comply with mandatory reporting requirements. Dr. Ditmer will also provide you with strategies for collaborating with law enforcement and regulatory agencies.
Here’s a sample of what you'll learn:
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Who should attend? Add target audience information here (job titles, etc), as specified by speaker. Nurses, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, assistive personnel, clinicians in family practice, medical office settings, acute care settings; educators, day care providers, school teachers, school nurses, school counselors, pediatric nurses, social workers.
- Barbara J. Cobuzzi, MBA, CPC, COC , CPC-P, CPC-I , CPCO, CEN
- Thomas J. Force, Esq.
- Duane C. Abbey, Ph.D.
- Melody S. Irvine,
- Elin Baklid-Kunz, MBA, CHC, CPC, CPMA, CCS, AHIMA-Approved
- Kim Garner-Huey, MJ, CHC, CPC, CCS-P, PCS, CPCO
Dr. Dianne Ditmer is a clinical nurse educator and Certified Forensic Nurse with a background in risk management and emergency nursing. Her clinical training and certifications include forensic nursing and medical error investigation. As a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner, Dr. Ditmer serves as chairman of the American Board of Forensic Nurses; member of the Ohio Healthcare Taskforce on Family Violence, and Montgomery County Sexual Assault Response Team.
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