I am currently a nursing student at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center. I have been asked to find out from currently practicing nurses what their opinion is on the following:
1. What is your understanding about off duty liability? Would you stop at the scene of an accident? Have you had such an experience, and, if so what was the outcome?
2. If a neighbor asks you for free advice, how do you respond?
I know that you are busy, and thank you in advance for any input you would have on the above two questions.
If the situation warranted my intervention at the scene of a crime (no one else there to help, someone flagging me down for help, etc.), then I would stop.
I would let them know that I will do what I can as a Good Samaritan, but will not attempt to act any greater than that. I've yet to be involved in a situation like that, but I think the law now requires medical personnel to stop. Not sure. Perhaps the laws vary from state to state.
If a neighbor ask me for free advice, it would depend on the type of advice she/he ask for in order for me to decide if I would give the advice. If it's a medical question, I strongly urge them to contact their physician without delay. If it's a nursing related issue, I might answer it in a limited way so the neighbor wouldn't take what I tell her/him as gospel to act on without consulting the doctor first.
You didn't really specify what kind of advice, so I answered your question as if you meant medical or nursing advice being asked.
Last edit by live4today on Feb 5, '04