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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 [...]

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 [...]

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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