Category Archives: Patient Care

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

AVOIDING PROFESSIONAL LIABILITY BULLETIN-JUNE 15, 2016

Patients diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease require unique care. Not only must their medical needs be attended to, their cognitive [...]

Home Health Care Nursing–Good Communication is Essential

There are many legal concerns/issues in the delivery of home health care. One of the most important is the necessity of open, [...]

The Nurse Practitioner and Phone Triage

Those of you who are nurse practitioners and either work in your own clinic or in a physician’s office often get calls during [...]

What is an “Unresonable and Foreseeable Risk of Harm” to a Patient

You may remember that in one of the earliest Bulletins, I wrote about professional negligence and that one of the overall duties of a [...]

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 [...]

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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