My hospital announced at a general nursing meeting this week that if their malpractice claims related to nursing errors continue, they will be requiring all nursing staff to carry their own malpractice insurance
in the next year. The hospital will no longer provide insurance, protection or assistance if we are named in a lawsuit. In other words, we're on our own.
We have been told that the state of Tennessee has the highest rate of nursing litigation in the country, and that even unit secretaries are being sued for having not taken orders off fast enough. The nursing suits are related mainly to documentation errors, and frivolous claims by patients and families.
Has anyone else experienced being told this by their hospitals? If they require us to cover ourselves, I will not work there anymore.