NR 305 Discussion Week 5: Week 5 Discussion: Debriefing of Week 4 iHuman Neurovascular Assessment -Chamberlain College


NR 305 Health Assessment

Week 5 Discussion: Debriefing of Week 4 iHuman Neurovascular Assessment


A 10-year-old child named Elizabeth is brought into the emergency department by her mother. The mother appears anxious but sits quietly next to her daughter in the waiting room. When called into the triage area, the mother gives a history of coming home from work to find Elizabeth sitting on the couch watching television. Elizabeth did not go to the door to greet her or look toward her when she said hello. The mother thought the daughter’s behavior was odd because she always greeted her at the door with a hug. As she approached Elizabeth, she noticed that she was clutching her right arm as if in pain. The mother asked what was wrong, but Elizabeth remained silent. Then she said “Nothing is wrong.” The father is sleeping upstairs. The mother gives a family history of having an alcoholic husband who usually drinks himself to sleep. She said he has abused Elizabeth physically and psychologically in the past, and she brought her to the emergency room because she fears he has hurt her. When Elizabeth is asked about the abuse she appears scared, insecure, and withdrawn.

  1. What considerations should be made by the nurse, to provide a physically and emotionally safe environment for the interview and assessment of this client who has experienced domestic abuse?
  2. In your response, include some special considerations that should be taken when interviewing a child.


First of all, the nurse needs to gain the trust of Elizabeth before she interviews her, otherwise, the nurse won’t be able to get any answer from her especially with her age. According to Weber and Kelly (2018), one of the long-term effects of abuse is inability to trust. That is the healthcare provider’s biggest hurdle. Majority of the abuser are very close relative to the child, and in this situation, allegedly the dad. Elizabeth will definitely try to protect her dad. She knows in her mind that she is being abused but because she also loves her dad and don’t want him to be in trouble, she would rather be quiet and endure the pain.….please click the purchase button below to access the entire solution at $5