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Eth3.1DB The presented case is that of a nurse’s assault by a patient, a common occurrence that has been reported by a number of nurses in various parts of the United States (Erickson & Williams-Evans, 2000). Peggy as a nurse is protected against assault by patients by the Violence against Nurses Law.
It is the nurse’s right to press assault charges against the patient for the injuries sustained as a result of the attack by the patient. In case she decides to press charges, Peggy should inform the police within the shortest time possible. She should, however, first of all start by filling an occurrence report. It is also important that the nurse present a written report to the supervisor and to ensure that all details of the assault are given. The decision on whether the patient should be charged or not lies with the district attorney as well as the police who are required to fully investigate the case. This decision is based on two main aspects. One such aspect is whether the patient’s actions and ability to cause harm was predictable, while the second related to the mental competency of the patient (Morales, 2012). In case the injuries sustained by the nurse are severe or permanent then she has a right to press civil charges and seek to be compensated financially. Nurses have a right to be compensated for any injuries incurred in the undertaking of their job, provided that they were acting in accordance with the set code of practice while sustaining the injury. In this case, Peggy deserves to be compensated for the injuries she sustained from the assault. ...
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