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ADMINISTRATIVE/JUDCIAL REVIEW OF A BOARD OF NURSING DECISION

As was discussed in the last few Bulletins, one of the rights a nurse licensee has is to file an administrative review before a state [...]

WHAT IS INFORMED CONSENT FOR A SURGICAL PROCEDURE AND WAS IT OBTAINED?

In Miller v. Markowitz, Dalecki and Memorial Hospital For Cancer & Allied Disease 1, one issue in the case was whether or not the [...]

ARE YOU AT RISK FOR AN ALLEGATION OF PATIENT ABANDONMENT?

Many nurses are concerned about patient care situations that may result in an allegation of patient abandonment. It might be helpful to [...]

WAS THE EXTUBATION OF THE PATIENT THE CAUSE OF HER DEATH?

In last month’s bulletin, Miller v. Markowitz, Dalecki and Memorial Hospital For Cancer & Allied Disease, 1 was reviewed with a focus [...]

COULD YOUR CONDUCT BE SEEN AS OUTRAGEOUS AND EXTREME?

The tort of intentional infliction of emotional distress is not a common tort . When it “stands alone” as the only allegation in a [...]

HANDOFFS WHEN YOU LEAVE THE UNIT

You may question the wisdom of leaving patients in the care of another staff member or members when you leave the unit for lunch, when [...]

WHAT IS A NURSE MANAGER’S LIABILITY FOR PATIENT CARE?

I often get questions about being a “charge nurse” or being a nurse manager on a unit. Many of the nurses who ask this question are [...]

WHO CAN TESTIFY AS TO THE STANDARD OF CARE OF A NURSE PRACTITIONER?

In a very early bulletin, I discussed the standard of care of a registered nurse and who could testify as to that standard. You may [...]

WHO CAN GIVE INFORMED CONSENT AND WHAT IS THE NURSE’S ROLE IN OBTAINING CONSENT FOR TREATMENT?

Nurses are often confused as to what their role is when obtaining consent for treatment. In most employment settings, the employer has [...]

HOW DOES CONTRACT LAW AFFECT NURSES?

Contract law involves promises, either current or in the future, that are enforceable or otherwise recognizable at law. 1 Contract law [...]

HAVE YOU READ IT RECENTLY?

The American Nurses Association Code of Ethics for Nurses With Interpretive Statements 1 has been since 2001. It is an important [...]

WHAT IS DELEGATION AND TO WHOM SHOULD I DELEGATE ASPECTS OF NURSING CARE?

One author has stated that the delegation of patient care, the assignment of patient care to another member of the health care team, [...]

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