Author Archives: Nancy Brent

What are State-Based First Offender Programs?

Many states have passed criminal laws called First Offender Programs that can be very helpful to [...]

Nurse Practitioners and Professional Negligence Lawsuits

Nurses are concerned about their potential liability for patient care and advanced practice [...]

Boards of Nursing and Their Disciplinary Powers

Your state board of nursing has the authority to administer and enforce the state nurse practice [...]

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 [...]

Know, And Follow, Your “Chain of Command”

There is no doubt that whether you are a nursing student, a novice nurse or a seasoned [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

The Importance of Patient-Centered Communication

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

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 [...]

Taking Vital Signs: A Mundane Responsibility?

It does not matter in which role you practice nursing—R.N., APRN, nursing student or a [...]

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, [...]

The Importance of Continued Clinical Competency in Nursing Practice

Continued clinical competency is a topic that has gained much attention in nursing in recent [...]

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