Lawsuits That Don’t Involve Patient Care Can Still Involve Nurses
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by Nancy J. Brent, MS, JD, RN
3d ago
Most of my blogs over the years have examined conduct directly related to nursing practice and focused on nurses who have been named in professional negligence lawsuits or who were called as expert witnesses. But sometimes nurses have a role in a lawsuit that has nothing to do with patient care, as the following case illustrates. Particulars of the case A mother, accompanied by her aunt, was visiting her daughter who was a patient at a medical center, when a janitor entered the patient’s room. The two visitors left the room and spoke with a nurse in the hallway. The floor of the patient’s room ..read more
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Facility Closure Forces Nurse to Find a New Job – Again
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by Nancy Cohen, BSN, RN
1w ago
Ever since I graduated from nursing school, I always felt that working in health care meant that I’d enjoy perpetual job security. I can say with complete conviction that these days, this is not a guarantee.  Nancy Cohen, RN Throughout my 35 years in nursing, primarily in perioperative nursing, I’ve barely survived multiple takeovers and acquisitions of hospitals and surgery centers. So far, I’ve gone through four facility closures, and I somehow landed on my feet by finding another nursing position at another institution. It doesn’t get easier each time it happens. After every closure ..read more
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Nurses Take Top Spot for Honesty and Ethics in Gallup Poll
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by Sallie Jimenez
1w ago
The results of the 2022 Gallup poll on honesty and ethics are in, and nurses are once again at the top of the list! Nurses have earned this honor 21 years in a row. In the poll, 79% of Americans who participated in the survey rated nurse honesty and ethics as very high or high. The 2022 rating is two percentage points lower than the 2021 poll and 10 percentage points lower than the 2020 poll, when nurses were on the front lines at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic. This year, nurses still far surpassed the professions — medical doctors (62%) and pharmacists (58%) — ranked second and third, r ..read more
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Patient Safety Goals: Why Set Them and How to Achieve Them
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by Nancy J. Brent, MS, JD, RN
2w ago
As a nurse, patient safety is one of your most — if not the most — important legal and ethical duties. When you follow safe medication administration practices and patient transfer procedures, make sure foreign bodies aren’t left in a patient during surgery, and so on, you’re fulfilling this duty by protecting patients. But patient safety goals can also protect nurses. Why stick to patient safety goals? Patient safety issues are the leading cause of malpractice suits involving nurses. An analysis by a medical liability insurer indicated that 850 of 4,634 malpractice claims closed between 2018 ..read more
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How To Address Nurse Bullying and Incivility
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by Julie Scott
2w ago
It may have been a comment you heard long before graduating from nursing school — the one about nurses “eating their young.” It’s a statement that is unfortunately true for some nurses. For a profession seen as the most honest and ethical, it would seem unlikely that nurse bullying could be an issue that many nurses face. But the bullying that some nurses face hastens their departure from the profession and leads to high turnover rates and contributes to the already severe nursing shortage. Bullying can often start in nursing school, with one report stating that 78% of nursing students experie ..read more
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What’s the Right Way To List Your Nursing Credentials?
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by Jennifer Mensik, PhD, RN, FAAN
3w ago
Nursing credentials are a form of communication. We have all seen multiple streams of initials after nurses’ names. This can make someone seem intimidating, especially if the nursing credentials are paired with a long work title. Some frequently asked questions about credentials are: How should nurses list their credentials after their name? What do these initials mean? Which initials do you include? Why do nurses feel the need to even do this? Is there a difference in listing credentials if a nurse is in academia versus service? Well, let me answer these questions for you. First, we use i ..read more
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How To Write a Thank-You Letter After a Nursing Interview
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by Julie Scott
3w ago
You’ve done all the hard work of preparing for the interview for your dream job. This role has all of the things you’re looking for — the right hours, the right floor, and the right pay. You’ve nailed the interview and feel great about how it all went. Now it’s time to sit back, relax, and wait for your offer. Or is it? Don’t relax too quickly — there’s one more, often forgotten step. You should always send a thank-you letter after a nursing interview. Writing a thank-you letter may be something you’re inclined to skip. After all, you’ve aced the interview and have the skillset and personality ..read more
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Nurses and Natural Disasters: 3 Ways To Cope With Stress
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by Zelda Meeker
3w ago
Earthquakes. Blizzards. Hurricanes. Natural disasters disrupt the daily functions of health care and leave nurses feeling strained and overwhelmed. Finding and practicing stress management strategies during these events can help nurses cope with stress and mitigate its effects. Day to day, nurses are on the front lines caring for patients and balancing various clinical tasks. But when a natural disaster strikes, the workload can become more strenuous and demanding. Challenges such as short staffing, larger workloads, and limited supplies can make nursing even harder — especially with the loomi ..read more
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ER Nurse Follows Protocol, Avoids Negligence Lawsuit
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by Nancy J. Brent, MS, JD, RN
1M ago
I’ve emphasized the importance of following employer policies and procedures in past blogs. The following case reveals that these policies are in place for good reason. In this case, adhering to employer policies protected an emergency room (ER) nurse and her employer from a possible judgment of professional negligence. Negligence allegations A patient who fell and injured his right hand went to a medical center’s ER for treatment. A nurse assessed his injuries and treated abrasions on his right knee and lower left leg. She referred the patient to an ER physician to treat the hand injury. A st ..read more
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Nurse Appreciation: Add These 2023 Dates to Your Calendar
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by Zelda Meeker
1M ago
Nurses work every day to ensure patients get the care they need — and the comfort and compassion they deserve. The complex nature of nursing continues to be physically and emotionally draining, yet nurses carry on providing quality patient care and moving the profession forward, which reinforces the importance of nurse appreciation. “Nurses need to be emotionally, psychologically, and morally refueled regularly to enable them to resist burnout and its many negative impacts such as moral distress,” said Bonnie Barnes, FAAN, Co-Founder of the DAISY Foundation, in a Nurse.com blog. One way t ..read more
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