Legal Food For Thought During the First Year of Nursing (and Beyond) - page 3

by TheCommuter 11,971 Views | 26 Comments Senior Moderator

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 newer nurses are acquiring the... Read More


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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.
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    Omg. That is ridiculous!
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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!
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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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    Thank you! I was pumped full of fear when I graduated nursing school last year. If I would have had a class in school that helped me understand the law I would have been less scared.


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