Nursing Malpractice: Liability and Risk Management

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Surviving Notification of a
Nursing Malpractice Lawsuit

THE NURSE AND THE LEGAL PROCESS
A nurse can be involved in the legal process in several different ways—as:
defendant;
expert witness for either side;
consulting expert for either side;
witness to facts;
plaintiff;
member of a jury;
nurse-attorney; and
nurse paralegal.

THE NURSE AS DEFENDANT

Practitioners who have an understanding of the basic principles and doctrines of law, the legal process, and what will be expected of them in the event that they are named as defendants in a malpractice suit will be much better prepared for the anxiety involved in what can be a long, frustrating, and tedious experience. Being named as a defendant in a lawsuit can be a

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