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Update: What Nurses Need to Know about Human Trafficking

Washburn, Joy

doi: 10.1097/CNJ.0000000000000459
Feature: CE Connection

ABSTRACT: Nurses are key people who interact with victims of human trafficking in healthcare and other settings. This article provides a current overview of human trafficking, explains legal definitions, elements for protocols in healthcare settings when trafficking is suspected, nursing roles and responses, interview tools, resources, public health recommendations, and nursing education approaches to address human trafficking.

Joy Washburn, EdD, RN, WHNP-BC, is an associate professor at Kirkhof College of Nursing, Grand Valley State University, Grand Rapids, Michigan, and a certified women's health nurse practitioner. Joy teaches in the undergraduate prelicensure BSN program, as well as in the MSN and DNP programs; she is a member of HEAL Trafficking.

The author declares no conflict of interest.

Accepted by peer-review 4/11/2017.

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