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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. Which of the following actions should the nursing assistant do next?

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

When abuse or even suspected abuse appears in a nursing facility, it must be reported immediately to the nursing assistant's supervisor. The level of intervention that the abuse of a patient requires beyond the scope of a nursing assistant practice. If you wait or if you only report bruising, you may be preventing or delaying a patient from receiving the necessary help.