Someone sees a nursing assistant yell at an elderly client and throw his lunch tray off the table. The nursing assistant could likely be charged with

  • negligence.
  • assault.
  • malpractice.
  • battery.
Number 2 is correct.
The nursing assistant could be charged with assault, which is an intentional act that threatens or attempts violence. Negligence is an act of omission or commission that results in harm to the client. Malpractice occurs when one fails to competently perform her job duties, resulting in harm, injury, or death to the client. Battery is intentional and unlawful offensive physical contact toward another person.