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Court case highlights nurses’ duty to follow EMTALA

By | 2017-04-20T16:33:41-04:00 April 19th, 2017|Categories: Featured Posts, Nursing careers and jobs|Tags: , , , , |

Helping a troubled patient If you are an emergency nurse, you practice within the requirements of the Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act. However, the nurse in the following case made a patient care decision that may have violated EMTALA. (Munoz v. Watsonville Community Hospital, Case No. 15-cv-00932-BLF, United States District Court Northern District of

Mental illness: Patients more often rely on ED psych units and nurses

By | 2020-04-06T11:14:48-04:00 October 21st, 2013|Categories: Archived|Tags: |

Cheryl Portner, RN By Cheryl Portner, RN, MSN Vice President, Staff Development & Training Decades ago, ED patients who needed psychiatric care experienced long waits for evaluations, cramped accommodations, a lack of privacy and frequent transfers to other facilities. But healthcare delivery was changing — hospitals were downsizing and closing their psychiatric services,