Quote from ceecel.dee
Wow...I'm surprised that more nurses don't feel they should help!
I always feel I should help. And I always remember that being sued results in MY having to hire an attorney to defend myself, regardless of the eventual outcome. So what if the prosecution doesn't win: I'm still going to have to defend my home, properties, family, and everything I've worked many years to obtain.
The Good Samaritan Laws were established to protect someone with good intentions but not enough medical knowledge in the event they tried their best to help but were unsuccessful (or made the situation worse). It has never protected someone who acted unreasonably; if someone knows, for instance, that they are unskilled in thoracic surgery, they shouldn't attempt opening a chest in the field and later say they were acting as a Good Samaritan. It was never written so that they couldn't be sued. The financial and emotional cost to the defendant is the same.
And we are not "Good Samaritans" as medical professionals. If you choose to render aid at the scene of an accident, you are held to the same standards as if you are at work: do what is within the scope of your practice, nothing more and nothing less. All it boils down to, really, is this: while at work, you have your employer's insurance to cover you while you are acting within this scope. On the side of the road, it's YOUR insurance (if you have it) and your possessions on the line.
Not saying don't stop, not saying don't help. I AM saying don't falsely believe you have protection that you absolutely don't.