A child is admitted to the hospital with pneumonia. The nurse observes bruises on the child's back and arms. The mother is present in the patient's room. What should the nurse do next?

When the mother leaves, ask the child if she feels scared or unsafe at home

Explanation

•If the nurse suspects abuse, he or she should ask the patient if they feels safe at home.

•Asking the mother would be accusatory, and calling the police or physician before exploring the situation further would be inappropriate.

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