Author Archives: Nancy Brent

Boards of Nursing and Their Disciplinary Powers

Your state board of nursing has the authority to administer and enforce the state nurse practice act. This power is broad and includes [...]

Is an Injury to a Patient Always Considered Negligence or Malpractice?

In 2002, a female 79-year-old patient suffered a stroke that resulted in her being “physically helpless”, unable to communicate [...]

Know, And Follow, Your “Chain of Command”

There is no doubt that whether you are a nursing student, a novice nurse or a seasoned practitioner, you have heard of the chain of [...]

Advocating For Patients Is An Essential New Year’s Resolution

The New Year is upon us and customarily, you are expected to make resolutions for 2017. A resolution is characterized as a [...]

Shortcuts In Patient Care Are Legally Unsound

Probably all of you at one time or another have been tempted to take a shortcut here or there in patient care. Perhaps you are running [...]

The Importance of Patient-Centered Communication

What would nursing be without communication and communicating with patients, patient’s families, other staff members, and other team [...]

Can A Visitor Sue A Healthcare Facility For An Injury Sustained When Visiting A Patient/Resident?

Health care facilities owe a duty of care to visitors who come into the facility to see their family member or friend. This duty of [...]

Taking Vital Signs: A Mundane Responsibility?

It does not matter in which role you practice nursing—R.N., APRN, nursing student or a C.N.A.—vital signs are something that you all [...]

Patient Care by Student Nurses Can Result in Liability

As a student nurse, you probably know all too well that if a patient is injured under your care, you can face allegations of [...]

The Importance of Continued Clinical Competency in Nursing Practice

Continued clinical competency is a topic that has gained much attention in nursing in recent years. Debates and comments as to how [...]

Is a Nursing Home an Insurer of Resident Safety?

Mr. K., a 59-year-old retired Air Force officer, was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease. The family decided they could no longer care [...]

PATIENT ADVOCACY IS AN ETHICAL AND LEGAL DUTY

The Code of Ethics for Nurses With Interpretive Statement clearly states in Provision 3 that a nurse “promotes, advocates for, and [...]

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