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The nursing assistant suspects that a patient in the facility is being abused because of various unexplained bruises, refusal to answer most questions, and refusal of ADLs. Of the following actions, which should the nurse aid take next?

A Report the suspected situation to the nursing assistant’s immediate supervisor.

Abuse in nursing facilities, or even suspicion of abuse, should be reported to the nursing assistant’s supervisor at once. This requires more intervention than the nursing assistant’s scope of practice covers. Waiting or notifying the nurse only about bruises probably delay getting the patient help.

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