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Do I need my own nursing malpractice insurance?


Dear Donna,

As an RN, I have not had malpractice insurance for quite some time, as I was advised against in the past. However with a likely job change and relocation on the horizon, I am revisiting the idea. Can you share some wisdom and direction on the issue?


Dear Donna replies:

Dear Denise,

Be careful whom you take advice from. Ask any nurse attorney and they will all tell you the same thing: If you do anything related to patient care, you need to have your own nursing malpractice insurance. Here is a previous post on the subject:

Best wishes,

Donna Cardillo, RN, MA, well-known career guru, is Nursing Spectrum/NurseWeek’s “Dear Donna” and author of Your First Year as a Nurse: Making the Transition from Total Novice to Successful Professional and The ULTIMATE Career Guide for Nurses: Practical Advice for Thriving at Every Stage of Your Career. Information about the books is available at and, respectively. To ask Donna your question, go to Find a “Dear Donna” seminar near you: Call (800) 866-0919 or visit

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