A Legal Nightmare ---Denver Nurses Indicted
Karren Kowalski, PhD, RN, FAAN
Marianne D Horner, MS, CNM
MCN, The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing
May / June 1998
Volume 23, Issue 3
CE Hours: 1.50
When does a mistake by a nurse constitute criminally negligent homicide? The authors of this article assisted defense attorneys on a recent case in Denver in which three nurses were indicted on the charge of criminally negligent homicide when a medication error resulted in the death of a healthy newborn.
Feb 15, '02
Your post is important to me, b/c it reaffirms the understanding I've gained from many other nurses' posts: you go up the chain of command, even if belittled for questioning an order...you hang tough and keep asking, and ultimately refuse to admnister the med if the answer still doesn't sit well with you. Although I am not hesitant about asking questions, I think I have a tendency to defer to others--to let them override that quiet voice that says, something ain't right; but, your post and the others are helping me see that nobody's outcome but the patient's matters when there is a question--all egos be damned, first of all mine.
Also, the need to watch for documentation of changes is emphasized in your post, something I've read of in other posts too.
I look forward to nursing school in the distant future; but, meanwhile, I'm getting as aware as possible as to the realities of being a nurse. Thank you and the other nurses.
Last edit by Franca on Feb 15, '02