I was wandering. Someone told me the other day that OB nurses and Peds nurses are the worse to work for cause they are the two floors that has the most law suits. Is that correct? I am supposed to shadow a nurse this Saturday on the OB floor and that is what I want to go into but after hearing this I am concerned. Does anybody know?
Aug 29, '02
OB is the most litigious area in the Boston area. Several of the nurses and doctors have been sued at the hospital I worked at. This is because the hospitals, like the Catholic Church, in MA fall under what is called a charitible cap. That means if you sue and win you can tops get $20,000 from them. That is why the nurses and the docs are sued. You wouldn't believe some of the suits that go to trial! You and I would call them frivolous but even if the person gets nothing you, the nurse, have gone through hell with the depositions and trial. Several cases have been settled out of court and some are pending. We usually don't find out the outcomes of the settled out of court cases.
What with short staffing becoming increasingly more the norm, the chance of making a mistake became a real possibility. It's one of the reasons I left the job.
However, I LOVED OB and would tell you to follow your heart. However: Practice the underwear method of charting---COVER YOUR A$$!
Last edit by Hardknox on Aug 29, '02
Aug 30, '02
Mostly they sue because of bad outcomes. Some babies die--sometimes for a reason to do with the delivery and sometimes because who knows why--?God's Plan? Sometimes the baby has a long term medical problem. Or the Mother dies or has another unexpected outcome. Whatever the cause, people get angry after the shock wears off, see all those ads on TV for medical malpractice lawyers and end up suing. Basically people want a perfect outcome. Who doesn't? But sometimes life doesn't work that way. You just have to take a course on legal issues in OB-- there are several excellent ones out there--Barbara Calfey, I think her name was, and Michelle Murray give the best ones-- and try to be safe. And I agree, get your own malpractice insurance
. $89.00/yr from NSO.
Last edit by Hardknox on Aug 30, '02