Hospital personnel – did you wonder why your organization required you to complete human trafficking education by March 18, 2018? This requirement was established by New Jersey Administrative Code 8:43E-14.1.
Trafficking victims in need of healthcare are brought directly to emergency departments by their captors in an attempt to preserve anonymity. Victims may be brought to the same facility numerous times for serial health problems, and the healthcare professionals with whom they interact may be their sole contact outside of the framework of their captivity. This makes hospital personnel, especially nurses, uniquely able to identify victims and advocate on their behalf. The training mandated by NJAC 8:43E-14.1 will help nurses recognize and respond to evidence of human trafficking.
Education in human trafficking empowers nurses to keep saving lives.