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A professional nurse has an obligation to report incidences of witnessed and/or suspected abuse or neglect.
You may risk legal action for reporting suspected abuse.
Failure to thrive among children is always a sign of abuse/neglect.
Abused patient's history includes which finding:
answers any questions about injury
gives plausible explanation of how injury occurred
attempts to minimize the injury
Signs of abuse include: (check all that apply)
Unexplained scars, burns, or bruises
Verbal assault, threats of violence or harassment
Inappropriate touching, fondling or other sexual acts when the person is forced, unable to understand, unwilling to consent or threatened
Adequate nutrition and hydration
Suspected abuse/neglect should be reported by the nurse to:
The State Board of Nursing
The Supervisor at Home Health Specialists
The first nurse who will listen