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Recent court cases involving nurses


Sexual harassment: nurse obtains large jury verdict.

A jury in the Supreme Court, Queens County, New York, recently awarded a nurse $15,000,000 for sexual harassment by a former hospital staff physician, 50% to be paid by the physician and 50% to be paid by the hospital.

Shortly after she started working at the hospital the physician began flirting with her and suggesting they date. When he cornered her and fondled her she filed a written complaint, which promptly led to the physician's staff privileges being revoked.


Strip search: nurse violated students' civil rights

The school superintendent was investigating a series of thefts at the school.

He brought in two suspects, then aged thirteen and fifteen, to the school nurse's office for strip searches. The school nurse had the girls remove their shirts and loosen their bras. The nurse found no evidence and she let the girls go.

The former students, now young adults, sued the school district.


Elder abuse: court protects supervisor for discipline of nurses aides.

A charge nurse in a nursing home was fired for an incident in which she allegedly became loud and argumentative with the CNA's over the way they were making up the patients' beds.

The charge nurse had a specific way she wanted the chux pads positioned to direct wetness away from patients' skin.


EMTALA: dehydrated pediatric patient dies, nurse neglected E.R. screening procedure.

The six year-old patient was sent home with his parents from the emergency department 9:30 p.m.

Early the next morning his mother could not wake him and called paramedics to the home. They brought the child to the hospital at 6:46 a.m. Resuscitative efforts were stopped at 7:04 a.m.

The cause of death was established later that morning after his stool sample came back from the lab: dehydration from vomiting and diarrhea from C. difficile.

Emergency Room Nurse Did Not Take Initial or Follow-Up Blood Pressures


FireStarterRN, BSN, RN

Specializes in LTC, Med/Surg, Peds, ICU, Tele. Has 15 years experience.

I find the elder abuse case an interesting one. This gives nurses more clout in supervising assistants. I'm glad to see the courts backed up the charge nurse where the facility didn't.

pagandeva2000, LPN

Specializes in Community Health, Med-Surg, Home Health.

Thanks for sharing this wonderful resource! I registered myself!

This is a great resource that I think we can all learn from

Interesting cases - thanks for sharing.



thank you for sharing. should make you stop a think sometimes you get to comfortable in your job and forget the simple things.

diane227, LPN, RN

Specializes in Management, Emergency, Psych, Med Surg. Has 32 years experience.

In terms of strip searching a student, the nurse had no right to do that. If the principal was concerned, then he/she should have called the police or the parents. He placed her in a position of great liability. She was not the police.

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