Quote from BabyNurse513
I have to give a depostion next week and I am so nervous. I am not named in the lawsuit but ! was the nurse taking care of the patient the night the incident happended. The patient didn't die that night but almost a week later at another hospital and I didn't actually know what happened until I was reading the chart to prepare for the deposition but it is clearly the MD's fault and not something I could have known about or prevented. I am nervous though becuase I had only been a nurse for about 4 months at the time, I was just off orientation and working a double. The happened 3.5 years ago and although I won't forget it becuase it was my first code, I don't remember a lot of the details. Anyway I guess I am rambling now. I am just looking for some words of wisdom or encouragment! Thanks.
Depositions are scary. Take a deep breath and relax.
Write down, just for yourself, the events as you remember them. I realize you will not remember graphic details, but, as you said, you remember if things were done correctly and basically what happened in that code for it was your first.
Good advice has been given you in regards to keeping your answers short, concise, without tangents, 'yes or no'.........to not add to or take away from the event in question regardless of your opinion. And, keep your opinion about the physician to yourself unless you are directly asked. You will not, I am sure. And, do not discuss this with ANYONE.
You will do just fine. Good luck.
Siri, CRNP, CLNC, RLNC