Maintaining patient confidentiality and privacy is a fundamental obligation for every nurse. Most often, a breach can happen when a nurse shares patient information with a person who is not a member of the healthcare team or when a patient’s electronic medical record is accessed for a personal reason.
A reader expressed concern about her care of an elderly hospice patient. The patient’s family did not want the patient to have any comfort care, except for a prescribed sleeping pill and a prescribed opioid. But the nurse found a different approach. Did she do the right thing?
In professional negligence cases against nurses and other healthcare providers, the expert witness must be a healthcare practitioner familiar with the standard of care. If this requirement is not met, the case against the healthcare practitioner, such as a nurse, will fail.
A nursing home abuse allegation has one of our nurse readers extremely concerned. The nurse was accused by a nursing home resident of sexual abuse, which allegedly took place when the nurse went into the resident’s room to check his blood sugar and administer insulin.
A student nurse files a case against a private nursing educational program she attended because of glitches in their accreditation status while she was there. Find out how this case might affect similar lawsuits.
A nurse asked if a red flag would be raised when documenting a medication’s brand name ordered with its generic name. She is concerned about using the medication’s brand name in the nursing narrative notes when the medication administration record also reflects the generic name.
A nurse was reported to her board of nursing for an apparent substance use disorder. After a hearing, the board recommended she would need to get into a treatment program sponsored by the board to maintain her license. Find out about the different types of programs, such as alternative-to-discipline programs.
A patient filed a medical malpractice action against a hospital, the nurse who provided her care, the hospital consultants and the on-call physician. But it remains to be seen what the trial court’s determination will be on the issues remanded to it for a decision, such as witness intimidation allegations.
This case is about a disability discrimination lawsuit filed in federal court alleging violations of federal laws. The plaintiff, who is deaf and communicates primarily using American Sign Language (ASL), alleges a nurse discriminated during her care. Find out how the court ruled from a legal expert.
Without other information to the contrary, it seems this strike is a result of difficulties between the school nurse, other school employees and their employer. As such, the strike would be seen as an employer-employee abandonment instead of patient abandonment. Read more insights from our legal attorney expert.