128: Nursing Negligence

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Medical malpractice is costly.  Each year, over 225,000 Americans die as a result of errors or negligence while another 1.5 million individuals are injured or harmed.  The financial burden is also staggering, with an estimated $55 billion price tag, which accounts for 2.4 percent of the annual cost of healthcare. 

This two-part series begins with a discussion of negligence and each of its four components.  Delegation is also explored as the use of unlicensed assistive personnel may put the nurse at risk as she is responsible for their actions or lack thereof.  Examples of common forms of negligence are also featured.  In addition, strategies nurses can use to prevent negligence from occurring are offered.  Finally, several vignettes are presented in which the viewer is asked to identify if negligence  has occurred, and if so, how it could have been avoided.

Schools:  Mid-level:  legalities and nursing ethics; documentation

Healthcare Facilities:  Nurse orientation; annual update

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128.1 Nursing Negligence: Guidelines for Care (17 min.)

1. Define the term “nursing negligence.”
2. Name three sources of information on legal standards of care.
3. Differentiate between compensatory and punitive damages.
4. List the “five rights” of delegation.
5. Name three common legal allegations leading to lawsuits for nursing negligence.

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128.2 Nursing Negligence: What You Can Do (16 min.)

1. List the four elements which must be proven to establish negligence.
2. Name three documents which a nurse should review regularly to maintain competence in managing negligence.
3. Discuss the role of complete, accurate patient assessments and documentation of those assessments in the prevention of negligence.
4. Describe the correct actions to take when delegating an action to CNAs.Name at least four actions which will assist the nurse in preventing negligence in his or her practice.

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