A reader completed her baccalaureate program and graduated without any debt. But she's wondering what to do about the nursing student loans she took out for a family nurse practitioner program she did not complete.
In the new year, one aspect of advocacy is sorely needed: your involvement with the legislative process, such as showing support or opposition to a healthcare bill. It is important to know what is happening in Congress, as many bills make their way through the legislative process.
Several of my past blogs have covered the obligation of nurses to report child abuse and neglect to designated authorities. But not reporting neglect of an adult patient, even if it's "self-neglect" is just as critical.
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.