Category Archives: Ethics

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 [...]

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.  [...]

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.  [...]

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 [...]

Nursing Assistants Violate Resident’s Privacy and Other Rights

Regardless of where you work in health care, your facility should have clear policies and procedures concerning the non-use of your [...]

Nurse Practitioners and Professional Negligence Lawsuits

Nurses are concerned about their potential liability for patient care and advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) are no exception. [...]

Boards of Nursing and Their Disciplinary Powers

Your state board of nursing has the authority to administer and enforce the state nurse practice act. This power is broad and includes [...]

Advocating For Patients Is An Essential New Year’s Resolution

The New Year is upon us and customarily, you are expected to make resolutions for 2017. A resolution is characterized as a [...]

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