I would appreciate any advice you might have about this particular situation. On a clinical floor recently, a student's hand was slapped by a staff nurse. It was not done with such force as to cause significant pain or injury. This was definitely a hostile and aggressive act. The student was doing nothing wrong; nothing that warranted such behavior. (There were no patient safety issues involved.)
#1--Does this constitute a "battery?"
#2--What are the potential liability issues for our school? Does this act by the staff nurse violate any federal statutes?
We have had LOTS of trouble with this particular floor at this facility before (horizontal violence to such a degree that I refused to go back there with my clinical groups). But this is the first time a physical act has been involved.
Thank you for any helpful links or advice you can offer me.