Know When to Refer

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This week’s discussion will focus on the sick child and when it is necessary to refer. Please give an example from your clinical rotation of a child who was referred on to another health care provider. Include in your discussion the concept of “scope of practice” as defined in the location where you work. Follow-up after referral is a responsibility of the nurse practitioner and requires collaboration with other health care professionals as well as current knowledge of the problem being addressed. Not addressing follow-up can be a legal and malpractice issue. Also, address the reasons for the referral and its timeliness. For example, is this urgent? Emergency? Non-emergent? Why?

(example: a pediatric pt failed the eye exam 20/50- and was referred to an ophthalmologist at Children’s Hospital)

Review the scope of practice as a primary care provider.

Review history taking skills, focused physical examination skills, and plan of care techniques to ascertain the need for a higher level of care for the wellbeing of the child.

Review community resources, including specialists, for referrals when the care of the child is outside the scope of practice of the Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (PCNP).

No errors with APA 6th edition format.

  • Consistently uses Standard American English with no misspellings. Appropriate mechanics and formatting.
  • 3 peer reviewed references
  • The post is at least 200 words.This does not include repeating the DB question or the citations and reference.

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