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Thank you for your reply. I do worry about a lawsuit. I also worry about documentation. About a year ago we had a sudden death of one of our teenage patients. Parents swear they called and spoke to "a nurse" No documentation was ever found. Thankfully it never went any further. Administration keeps telling me that as long as the RN is available for further assesment not to worry. How can I not?
Lack of documentation can be an error of omission on the part of the LPN and/or the RN in any case. So, if this is an issue with your organization, you have reason to be concerned.
As for worrying about litigation, the RN can be liable just as much as the LPN can. If your organization has in place the proper rules/regulations/protocols/policies/procedures outlining the responsibilities of the LPN and you have LPNs who are qualified and adhering to these responsibilities, then your organization is practicing safely
per the scope of practice outlined within your state BON.
Anyone can sue anyone for anything at anytime, be it RN or LPN.
Also, and, I do not want to frighten you, I might add the statute of limitations has not run out on the teen death you just described. You might still hear from that.