Nursing Malpractice: Liability and Risk Management / Edition 1

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Overview

Students and professional nurses at any level of clinical practice will find this book to be a vital resource on the basic legal concepts and principles of malpractice, liability, and risk management, and their implications for the profession. The book also provides detailed strategies for dealing with these issues. The content is also highly relevant to practitioners in all other health care and legal disciplines that collaborate in the delivery of health care.

Issues discussed include the expanding and evolving roles for professional nurses and the concomitant legal accountability and risk for liability, the increasing incidence of nurses named as defendants in malpractice lawsuits, anticipated changes in our health care delivery system, and breakthroughs in science and technology that will present new legal questions. The book also includes material on other important facets of today's nursing practice, including the growing phenomenon of tele-nursing, the essentials of malpractice insurance, and the legal significance of documentation and patients' medical records. It helps the reader identify the nurse at risk for a malpractice suit and the characteristics of the patient likely to sue. The appendices provide information on state laws concerned with access to medical records, a list of useful websites, a list of state boards of nursing, and a glossary of important terms.

An introduction and reference to the basic legal principles of obtaining, reviewing, interpreting, and understanding the documents in a typical medical record.

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In an era when even the definition of "health care practitioner" must be spelled out as in the 1986 law establishing the National Practitioner Data Bank, the author of Auburn House, 1999 helps nursing practitioners navigate the laws, standards, defensive documentation, malpractice insurance, and other issues pertinent to malpractice lawsuits. Appends information on state laws on patient access to medical records, web sites, state boards of nursing, and a glossary of terms from "abandonment" to "writ of habeas corpus." Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR booknews.com
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780865692800
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/30/1999
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 238
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.69 (d)

Meet the Author

CHARLES C. SHARPE is a clinical nurse specialist who has been a member of the faculty of several nursing departments in colleges in southeastern Pennsylvania.

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Table of Contents

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Preface
Abbreviations
1 The Law 1
2 Malpractice 17
3 Defenses in Malpractice 27
4 Standards of Nursing Care 33
5 The Nurse at Risk for a Malpractice Lawsuit 41
6 The Legal Process 53
7 Surviving Notification of a Nursing Malpractice Lawsuit 69
8 Preparing for and Surviving a Deposition and a Trial 75
9 Defensive Documentation 89
10 The Medical Record As Evidence in Nursing Malpractice 105
11 Legal Implications of Informed Consent 113
12 Legal Implications of Advance Directives and No-Code Orders 125
13 Malpractice Insurance 135
14 The National Practitioner Data Bank 147
15 Disciplinary Actions by State Boards of Nursing under Nurse Practice Acts 159
16 Roles of the Professional Nurse in the Legal Process 173
App. I State Laws on Patient Access to Medical Records 183
App. II List of Web Sites 187
App. III List of State Boards of Nursing 191
Glossary 201
Bibliography 211
Index 215
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