Category Archives: Avoiding Liability Bulletin

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 [...]

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 [...]

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