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NorQuest College-PN Program

Assignment: Professional Portfolio

Student Name: Allissa Duke # 3009343

Course: NFDN 2005

L-1-5 Demonstrate knowledge and ability to identify, manage and report

Competency: Category Letter, signs and/ or symptoms of abuse of pediatric client according to agency
Number and Subcategory policy

Significant Learning
Experience: Describe one During the theory lecture component of NFDN 2005 we were shown
significant learning experience different images of visible injuries on children and asked to determine if,
in this course related to the based on the patterns of the injury we would reason them to be most likely
CLPNA Competency identified. abuse, or a typical bruise/marking children are likely to have.
Provide an example

Though this exercise was disturbing, it was necessary for us, to try to
imagine different ways children and infants may be abused, so we can be
aware of red flag signs, and act accordingly in the best interest of the child.
What you Learned: Describe
We imagined what the world looks like to children and made me think of
what you learned and how it
hazards and activities corelating to their developmental stages that could
relates to the competency
contribute to common injuries, even though they do not necessarily indicate
identified. abusive scenarios. Abnormalities suggesting signs of abuse cannot be
reported if I don’t know what I am looking to identify what is considered
abnormal or a potential abusive situation? If abuse is not identified, there is
no way to help that child and family better manage their circumstance.
Proficiency Rating: Use the
“Proficiency Rating Categories” I have a good foundation of understanding this competency due to theory I
(excellent, good, fair, poor) to have studied, and discussions I participated in. I can apply the concepts to
rate your proficiency in the scenarios and suggested circumstances, but I have yet to experience
identified CLPNA competency. applying this knowledge in my nursing practice thus far, so I would rate my
Explain what was done to proficiency as Fair.
achieve the competency and to
support your rating.

Significance of Learning: As an advocate for my pediatric client it is my responsibility to be aware

Explain how the identified and knowledgeable of signs and symptoms of abuse, so that appropriate
competency enhanced your steps in managing and reporting can take place when necessary. I am now
learning (was meaningful) in this better equipped to be a resource for pediatric clients, due to the new
course knowledge I have gained, and critical thinking I have practiced throughout
discussions when addressing this competency.

I am now aware of how important it is to be conscious of subtle abnormal

Nursing Practice: Describe how
behaviors, and patterned markings or bruising on children and parents. I
you will be able to apply this
consider myself quite observant, and I pay special attention to detail. These
learning in your current and qualities, along with my protective demeanor will strengthen my ability to
future nursing practice (What are identify and report signs of abuse. With experience I expect to learn how to
your strengths and what are your
effectively ask appropriate questions that should lead to further identifiers to
future learning needs).
support, or refute suspicions of abuse, while maintaining the sense of safety
with children.

May 2017-final
NorQuest College-PN Program

CLPNA; Pediatric Nursing: L-1-5 (2015)

APA: Reference

May 2017-final