1. If an off-duty nurse knows a person is suicidal, must they report it? I’m hearing two sides to this from two different nurses; one says they aren’t obligated to and the other says it’s their duty to (and could lead into my next question)
2. Is there any grounds for any sort of punishment if they don’t report it? The nurse who told me they must report it stated that they could lose their license if they didn’t do anything.
I have no ideas about the legal aspects of the matter, but from an ethical perspective if you have concerns about someone I would act on them. It could just be a cry for help, but help is exactly what they will get if other services get involved. I hope the person involved is alright and you are coping also 🙂