Nursing student here, and there is some disagreement in our class regarding mandatory reporting. I know suspected child or elder abuse must be reported. But if an adult presents with injuries and confides it is domestic abuse but doesn't want to involve police.....isn't that protected info via HIPAA? Or must you report it to the police as abuse?
Having had a good friend in the middle of a contentious divorce "disappear" 5 years ago and never be heard from again leaves me concerned either way. Mandatory reporting may worsen a situation I have little insight to, but it also may create a history or pattern that is indicative of a problem even if the injured doesn't press charges.
Thoughts, experiences? Thanks
Oh, I'm sure my friend is deceased. The police and FBI have been looking for her for years.
Last edit by JustBeachyNurse on Sep 17, '12
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