Category Archives: Ethics

LPN’s Appalling Conduct Leads to Lawsuit

I recently came across a narrative Online of a shocking case involving an LVN.1 The author changed the names of those involved to [...]

Might You or Your Employer Be Liable if a Patient Signs Out Against Medical Advice (AMA)?

One of the recurring questions I have been asked during my years of practicing as a nurse attorney is whether a nurse would be held [...]

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 [...]

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.

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