I found myself talking once again to my friend at the state’s Department of Public Health, the ones who oversee school nurses, nurses in general, etc.
It was an interesting conversation … all the fancy legalish words were bandied about. The technical, legal definition of “neglect” (“… the unjustified failure to provide treatment or services, or both, necessary to maintain the health … of a patient”); the meaning of “appropriate elements of nursing care, prescribed medical or other therapeutic regimens mandated by the particular situation …” and other terms were tossed out there.
And then the discussion of a complete violation of civil rights.
The most interesting part of the conversation?
I was not the one tossing out the words.