Author Archives: Nancy Brent

Are There Limits to a Nurse’s Duty to Advocate for Patients?

In the following case1, an LPN and a charge nurse’s attempted management of a patient centered on their respective duty to protect the [...]

Effective Communication Among Team Members Essential in Avoiding Patient Injury or Death

Effective communication among nursing staff and other caregivers on the patient care team have been the subject of several previous [...]

Real Time Disciplinary Actions Against Registered Nurses for Professional Misconduct

In my October 6, 2017 Bulletin, I reported a case of a nurse whose unprofessional conduct resulted in a lawsuit against her employer.  [...]

Was the Nurse Professionally Negligent When Ambulating This Patient?

In accordance with a physician’s order, it is necessary that a patient get out of bed and walk as soon as possible after surgery.  In [...]

Was the Nurse’s Conduct in Ordering Seclusion and Restraint Professionally Negligent?

In the September 6th, 2017 Bulletin, I wrote about a case where a nurse and several psychiatric aides were found liable for their [...]

What is Unprofessional Conduct in Nursing?

Nurse practice acts list unprofessional conduct as one of the bases a board of nursing can take disciplinary action against a nurse.  [...]

Utah Nurse Refuses to be an “Agent” of the Utah Police

Throughout my many years of practicing law, I have presented seminars and programs about law and nursing practice.  Invariably, during [...]

Psychiatric Nurse and Mental Health Aides Responsible for Patient’s Injuries

Nursing literature has recently been reporting troublesome incidents of violence against nurses in hospitals and other health care [...]

Real Time Disciplinary Actions Against Nurse Aides and Nurse Assistants (CNAs)

As you know, your certification, registration or license as a CNA is administered and enforced by the regulatory agency in your state.  [...]

Discharge Instructions and Liability

When a patient is discharged from a health care facility, the patient’s discharge instructions are an essential part of his care. When [...]

Certified Nursing Assistant’s Conduct Leads to Voluntary Surrender of Her Certification

Nurse Aide and Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) practice has been the subject of a few of these Bulletins. If you are a nurse aid or [...]

Ethics and Law in Nursing: Friends or Foes?

You might find it difficult to reconcile how ethics and law impact nursing practice. You would not be alone in this feeling.

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