Tag Archives: Avoiding Liability For Nurses

Florence Nightingale’s Enduring Influence on Nursing Practice Today

First, I want to wish all of you a Happy-albeit belated-Nurses Week 2018.  My column schedule fell before and after the actual week so [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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.  [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

What are State-Based First Offender Programs?

Many states have passed criminal laws called First Offender Programs that can be very helpful to you as a nurse. If you have been [...]

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. [...]

Is an Injury to a Patient Always Considered Negligence or Malpractice?

In 2002, a female 79-year-old patient suffered a stroke that resulted in her being “physically helpless”, unable to communicate [...]

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 [...]