Category Archives: Avoiding Liability Bulletin

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.

Falsification of Patient Care Record Can Lead to Criminal Convictions

N.B., an LPN, worked at a nursing home and was assigned to care for J.E., a Medicaid patient who suffered from seizures, dementia with [...]

Team Relationships and Team Communication Affect Patient Care and Legal Liability

It is not unusual for nursing staff to feel a sense of purpose and pride in the work they do with their patients. These feelings are [...]

Nursing Notes Not Enough Support to Prove Physician Negligence; Expert Witness Testimony Required

P.C. was admitted to the hospital to undergo bilateral knee replacement.1 Prior to the surgery, he had blood drawn in the event that a [...]

The Importance of Research in Nursing Practice

When I was reviewing nursing research on the Web, I came across an interesting study done in 2010 in Hong Kong by several researchers.1 [...]

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