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Patient abandonment?

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by nurseontheway nurseontheway (Member) Member

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If a technician is assigned to a group of patients and just leaves in the middle of their shift without permission is this considered patient abandonment? Does it depend on the state that you live in or the field that you work in? 

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Snatchedwig has 11 years experience as a ADN, CNA, LPN, RN and specializes in Medsurg.

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Tech as in CNA? 

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MunoRN has 10 years experience as a RN and specializes in Critical Care.

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It varies by state, but typically Dialysis techs don't have establish a legal responsibility for a patient in the same way a nurse does, so 'patient abandonment' doesn't really apply.  The general legal charge of Reckless Endangerment could still apply however depending on the circumstances.

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