A school nurse is suspicious that a child is being physically abused at home. The nurse’s responsibility is to

  1. ask the child if the suspicions of abuse are accurate and true.
  2. speak with the caregivers to share the abuse suspicions.
  3. accurately and fully document this in the child’s chart.
  4. report the situation to the local authorities.
Number 4 is correct.
Rationale: As a mandated reporter, the nurse has a legal responsibility to report any suspicions of child abuse to the authorities. The nurse would then document his actions in the child’s chart. Legal authorities and social services would intervene to assess the child and interview the caregiver.