There was only brief mention in a few places in our Nursing Assessment text about the identification of abuse, and I think this is a topic worth covering. Whether it is elder, child, or spousal abuse, I feel this is just as important a skill as many covered in the text. As health professionals we are constantly coached to be impartial and objective. Also, we have become a society that values personal rights to a degree that we often allow injustices occur right before our eyes. To ask probative questions regarding the mechanism of injury or to involve CPS in a case that we feel strongly about also something clinicians should be trained and coached in.

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