Which charge most accurately reflects the nurse's actions? An elderly client has been admitted to the medical-surgical unit from the postanesthesia care unit. While the nurse is off the floor, the client falls out of bed and fractures his right leg and right wrist. The nurse finding him states, "The side rails were down and the bed was in the high position." The client's family files legal charges against the nurse and the hospital.
A. Collective liability B. Comparative negligence C. Battery D. Negligence
Negligence-rationale: the position of the clients bed indicates negligence, a general term that denotes conduct lacking in due care. collective liability stems from cooperation by several manufacturers in a wrongful activity. comparative negligence holds the injured parties accountable for their fault in the injury. battery involves harmful or unwarranted contact with the client.client needs category: safe, effective care environmentclient needs subcategory: safety and infection controlcognitive level: analysisreference: craven, r.f., and hirnle, c.j. fundamentals of nursing: human health and function, 5th ed. philadelphia: lippincott williams & wilkins, 2007, p. 101.