Category Archives: Avoiding Liability Bulletin

Causation an Essential Element of Professional Negligence Suit

You may recall from previous Bulletins that there are four essential elements of professional negligence that must be proven by the [...]

When It Comes To Patient Safety, Don’t Overlook The Basics

Patient safety is a never-ending legal obligation for you, regardless of your role in the delivery of patient care. One aspect of [...]

Nursing Assistant’s Conduct Found To Be Criminal

Nurse Assistants are often utilized in health care facilities, especially in long-term care.  Most often, they are a valuable member of [...]

Nursing Staff’s Professional Negligence Causes Death of Patient

Lloyd Thomas, seventy-one, underwent bypass surgery and was hospitalized for eighty-four days after the surgery due to complications.  [...]

Mandatory Reporting of Child Abuse and/or Neglect: A Liability Concern?

As you are hopefully aware, nurses are among the health care providers who are required to report a good faith belief or suspicion that [...]

Nurse Questions Judge’s Decision That She Had The Intent To Defraud Medicare

I have not reported many cases of criminal liability of nurses in past Bulletins. The following case involving criminal convictions of [...]

Resort to Court System an Option When Board of Nursing Decision is Problematic

Denise Campbell, LPN, worked at a Florida assisted living facility.  When one of the facility’s resident was found unresponsive in the [...]

Nursing Documentation Key to Avoidance of Liability

You have probably heard ad nauseaum that good documentation of nursing care is essential for many reasons, one being avoiding potential [...]

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 [...]

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