Nursing Malpractice: Liability and Risk Management

Nursing Malpractice: Liability and Risk Management

Nursing Malpractice: Liability and Risk Management

Nursing Malpractice: Liability and Risk Management

Synopsis

Students and professional nurses at any level of clinical practice will find this book to be a vital resource on the basic legal concepts and principles of malpractice, liability, and risk management, and their implications for the profession. The book also provides detailed strategies for dealing with these issues. The content is also highly relevant to practitioners in all other health care and legal disciplines that collaborate in the delivery of health care.

Issues discussed include the expanding and evolving roles for professional nurses and the concomitant legal accountability and risk for liability, the increasing incidence of nurses named as defendants in malpractice lawsuits, anticipated changes in our health care delivery system, and breakthroughs in science and technology that will present new legal questions. The book also includes material on other important facets of today's nursing practice, including the growing phenomenon of tele-nursing, the essentials of malpractice insurance, and the legal significance of documentation and patients' medical records. It helps the reader identify the nurse at risk for a malpractice suit and the characteristics of the patient likely to sue. The appendices provide information on state laws concerned with access to medical records, a list of useful websites, a list of state boards of nursing, and a glossary of important terms.

Excerpt

As the practice of nursing continues to evolve, expanding clinical roles and applications of new technology have brought additional responsibilities and, concomitantly, increased risks of legal liability for the profession. This book was written to provide the nursing student, the professional nurse at any level of clinical practice—and collaborating health care providers—with an introduction to basic legal concepts and principles of malpractice, liability, and risk management. I believe that their more extensive incorporation into nursing education curriculums and application in clinical practice will enhance the professional growth, accountability, and recognition of the nursing profession. This is not a textbook on law, and I disclaim any intent to provide legal advice. That is the sole prerogative of an attorney.

In our litigious society, an increasing number of nurses are being named in malpractice lawsuits by patients turned plaintiffs. It is my hope that the knowledge and understanding of malpractice liability and risk management strategies will help to dispel many of the unwarranted fears and uncertainties prevalent in the nursing profession and mitigate the incidence and repercussions of malpractice lawsuits. For their own protection, and certainly for that of their patients, all nurses must be aware of their legal . . .

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