"Good Sam" Laws? - page 2

I recently moved to Nashville TN and had to get my CPR card renewed. During the class the instructor stated that all professional health care providers are obligated by law to stop and render medical... Read More

  1. by   PANurseRN1
    Since when did we start ordering people we disagee with to "edit" their posts? NREMT-P/RN's post was highly accurate, and he/she speaks from years of experience.
  2. by   RunningWithScissors
    NREMT's posts are right on the money.

    Kukukajoo, I noticed you are an aspiring CRNA....anesthesiologists have some of the highest malpractice premiums for a reason.

    Remember, just because you do everything right DOES NOT MEAN YOU WON'T GET SUED!!!!!!
  3. by   kukukajoo
    My response was to the ORIGINAL post, before it was immensely edited from it's original version. The post now makes sense and is fine- prior to editing it only said that there was no law to protect anyone that stopped and helped. I appreciate that you edited it to reflect that the Good Sam Laws do protect people to an extent. I had only asked for this because it was a little confusing and in larger, bolder type than the correct information.

    CotJockey- I did not mean to sound uppidy, just as I said, I thought it was important to get correct information out there.

    As far as information, I had to sit through a conference on this very subject and also took a course on law & ethics of the medical professional. We covered this in great detail. When I took my CPR certification, the instructor, a Captain of a city fire department also admonished us into the aspects- this is where we were warned of not taking payment in any way shape or form. If someone finds this sick, that is a testament to the sue- happy nature of people in America. Here in NH, we have some of the lowest cases of tort and also the lowest judgements against people and entities. We almost never have million dollar settlements on anything and we have laws limiting liability in so many things. Our insurance rates for about everything are amongst the lowest in the country as a result of this.

    Remember, I don't make the laws, I just have to live by them. I posted the URL's for those looking for more information. The best place to get the exact wording of any law is from the state itself.

    I don't understand what me wanting to become a CRNA has anything to do with this subject. Anesthesiologists are not CRNA's.
  4. by   Katnip
    [quote=RunningWithScissors;2049738]I attended a lecture by one of the well-known professional liability groups a few years ago.

    They said that even wearing scrubs in public identifies you as a nurse, and implies a nurse/patient relationship if anything should occur in your presence, and you would be held to the standards of nursing practice. (like if you walk away, you could be charged with abandonment, even if you didn't walk up to the person and offer help).


    Lots of people who aren't nurses wear scrubs. Secretaries, vets, vet techs, dental hygenists, housekeepers. Scrubs do not identify anyone as a nurse.

    And if you walk away, how would they know your name?