Providing substandard wound care cannot only harm patients, it also can result in a patient or family members taking legal action against you and other clinicians involved in the patient’s care plan. Know your legal risks as a nurse.
Managing pressure injuries is something you encounter regularly because of nurses' pervasiveness across the healthcare continuum, whether you work in home health, acute care or long-term care. Employ these tips when caring for patients with pressure injuries.
A health services coordinator submitted a question about the use of surveillance cameras and privacy issues in school-based clinics. She was concerned about the impact on the privacy of students and staff who seek medical care. Find out which laws apply.
As a nurse, you often find yourself in situations others never encounter, such as patient care issues related to end-of-life decisions or conflict with families and colleagues. You must be aware how moral distress causes emotional and physical pain that can upset and disrupt your life and learn how to cope.
A patient files a 10-count complaint because of a nurse’s and physician’s conduct who treated him in the ED. His allegations included assault, battery and intentional infliction of emotional distress for medication administration. Find out how this case could effect your practice.
You spend more time with patients than any other profession and deal with difficult patient situations frequently because of the front line position nurses have within healthcare. Situations can arise from a simple patient question or information from a medical record that gives you pause or concern. Learn how to distinguish between ethical and moral dilemmas.
After a survey by the state department of public health of a skilled nursing facility, violations of Medicare and Medicaid’s regulations were discovered. These included a failure to protect a resident from abuse and failure to implement adopted policies on abuse/neglect, according to CMS regulations.
It makes sense to arm nurses with the tools they need to step in and address the unmet public health crisis of diseases of despair in the 21st century. Find out why.
Nurses need to be involved in understanding how climate change, such as extreme heat, are affecting patient health, especially the most vulnerable populations like the elderly, children, people with chronic conditions and people in specific occupations like outdoor work.
Established more than 40 years ago, National Nurses Week is now a well-known national, annual healthcare event in America. Learn about the top historical highlights that led to the designation of this special week.