In the Light

We want to bring things into the light with this blog—concerns, questions, controversy, capture what’s on your mind, and hopefully enlighten a few passersby.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Human Trafficking

With our new blog, we want to bring things into the light—concerns, questions, controversy, capture what’s on your mind, and hopefully engage a few passersby.

I can’t think of a more important topic to bring into the light than human trafficking—an issue nurses can impact any and everywhere. Learn how to recognize health concerns and red flags, ask appropriate screening questions, and take proactive steps to combat trafficking in JCN’s free continuing education article Helping Human Trafficking Victims In Our Backyard. Keep learning with the AJN free CE article, The Role of the Nursing in Combating Human Trafficking. Pass the links on so more nurses can learn how to confront trafficking.

Today I received an email telling of a nurse who just last night talked with a mom in the free medical clinic at her church's Community Center. The mom suspects her barely teenage daughter is being prostituted. Thankfully this nurse did all the right things and contacted the right people.

Would you know what to do?

Are nursing schools teaching students (entry level and beyond) how to recognize and respond to trafficking? Is trafficking discussed in emergency rooms, on hospital units, in outpatient clinics? Have you encountered a victim or a trafficker in your nursing?

Join the discussion and let’s bring this dark problem into the light.