Legal Food For Thought During the First Year of Nursing (and Beyond) - page 2

The first year of nursing is, in countless cases, also one of the most challenging years of a nurse's career because many different events are taking place. First of all, a significant number of... Read More

  1. Visit  bookbunny profile page
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    Do you have any suggestions as to where one could take a course in nursing and the law? It appears the laws would be according to one's state, unless there's a general course you recommend such as "business law" that is provided in a business degree curriculum.
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  3. Visit  kenderella89 profile page
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    So awesome to read this! I just brought nursing insurance today from NSO. I just started as a school nurse and I feel the need to protect myself due to a situation at the district. Not that I don't think the school district will fight for me and leave me high and dry, but I need that sure self-protection. I like to be prepared and this is the best thing I can do for myself and hopefully I will never need it I know there's a School Nursing and the Law text out there and I'm going to order it on payday!
  4. Visit  beckster_01 profile page
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    Most people threaten to sue for circumstances that are beyond the healthcare professional's control. Example: "I'm going to sue because my vascular bypass didn't work, even though when I went home after surgery I continue to smoke 2ppd and ate McDonald's every day."
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    Quote from bookbunny
    Do you have any suggestions as to where one could take a course in nursing and the law? It appears the laws would be according to one's state, unless there's a general course you recommend such as "business law" that is provided in a business degree curriculum.
    Do a Google.com search of the term "Legal Issues in Nursing" and a whole slew of results will show up. Some of the results give information about courses offered at community colleges and state universities, while many of the other results lead to online courses regarding nursing and the law. Many opportunities exist to take CEU courses on legal issues in nursing, too. So there are a variety of ways a nurse can learn about the legalities surrounding their livelihoods.
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  6. Visit  PalmHarborMom profile page
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    Just wondering if this will cover it...
    I attend the University of South Florida. Part of our curriculum includes "Ethical/Legal Aspects of Nursing". The course descrpition is "Introduction to contemporary bioethical and legal issues confronting health care providers in a variety of settings. Focuses on identification of legal and ethical principles underlying the decision- making process in nursing and health care."

    Is this the type of class that would be a good idea or should I look for an additional class?
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    Quote from PalmHarborMom
    Is this the type of class that would be a good idea or should I look for an additional class?
    Purely based on the description provided, this type of class seems like a great idea to learn more about legal issues that impact nursing practice.
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    Quote from TheCommuter
    Purely based on the description provided, this type of class seems like a great idea to learn more about legal issues that impact nursing practice.

    Thanks for the reply! The description that I gave is directly from the course catalog. I see tremendous value in learning about the legal aspects of nursing and feel fortunate that my university has included it in our curriculum.

    Thanks again!
  9. Visit  nurse4sale profile page
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    The treat of a lawsuit is real and it's out there in nursing, so buckle up and enjoy the ride. Like we don't have enough to worry about, right?
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    Quote from nurse4sale
    The treat of a lawsuit is real and it's out there in nursing, so buckle up and enjoy the ride. Like we don't have enough to worry about, right?
    Yes, nurses can be sued. Nurses have been individually named in lawsuits, especially if the outcome was horrible or unexpectedly poor.

    But as I've mentioned previously, the patient would need to be either dead or irreparably injured in order for a medical malpractice attorney to even see if there's money to be made. When I talk about irreparable injury, I'm thinking of a patient who falls out of a high bed at the hospital and suffers a permanent spinal cord injury. I'm thinking of the elderly patient who suffers from second degree burns over 90 percent of her body after being scalded by extremely hot water in the shower.

    Malpractice suits are risky and costly for attorneys, so they typically do not take the case unless they know they have a case where a huge award looms. There must be a clear cause of action, preferably irreparable harm or death.
  11. Visit  Violach profile page
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    Omg. That is ridiculous!
  12. Visit  bigsick_littlesick profile page
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    Fantastic article, a topic that I think needs to be addressed more often! Good points well made and definitely puts me at ease as I hopefully start my first year as an RN!
  13. Visit  NRSKarenRN profile page
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    Best answer to "I'm gonna sue you" is "You have that right as living in the US" said with smile while I go about my work....takes the wind out of their rant.
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    Quote from NRSKarenRN
    Best answer to "I'm gonna sue you" is "You have that right as living in the US" said with smile while I go about my work....takes the wind out of their rant.
    ^Love THIS!!!


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