Inner City Case Scenario

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Case Scenario 1 Running head: INNER CITY CASE SCENARIO #1 Inner City Case Scenario #1 Robert Hanssen South University Case Scenario 2 Running Head: Inner City Case Scenario #1 Case Scenario #1 Case scenarios involving children always evoke strong emotions and this one is no different. It is hard not to be judgmental when the mother appears to be neglecting her child by not providing adequate health care. My first thought was that she cared more for her self and her cigarettes than her child’s well being. The thought initially angered me. As a professional nurse I had to put aside my prejudice and investigate the situation further, realizing that there could be cultural and/or economic issues affecting the mother’s decision making. There are two ways to approach this scenario; directly or sympathetically. The facts regarding the mother’s choices will determine which approach is more appropriate. If it is revealed that she is merely negligent and lazy, she may need to be dealt with directly. “Telling it like it is” with specific information about her child’s condition and treatment, as well as her responsibilities as a mother, may wake her up! If cultural or economical issues are behind her actions then a more helpful, sympathetic approach may be in order, such as available resources to help with maintaining her child’s health. “Culture determines when one seeks help and the type of practitioner consulted. It also prescribes customs of responding to the sick” (Chitty, Black, 2007, p246). An important aspect of this scenario is going to be information and fact gathering. There are several questions to be answered when talking to the mother. First of all, how is the little girl? Is her condition improving or worsening since her last visit? This will determine the urgency of the situation. Second, does the mother fully understand the Case Scenario 3

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