On trial, other nurses stated that they frequently made paper records during breaks or at end of shift, often when they could hardly remember the dosages administered to patients. In addition, nurses would electronically sign for narcotics and prepare IV drip bags in advance of when needed and discard the same when no longer required or when physicians changed orders. In addition, nurses deviated from physicians order for an IM injection by thus electing to provide medication by an IV route. In addition, the hospital lacked a clear policy on when nurses such as preceptor and mentee, both had a responsibility for patient care. The suspended nurse also admitted that she recorded the data long after administration and in some cases in the following day (Guido, 2009). Legal aspects in nursing provide the framework for establishing the acceptable care to the client and outline the responsibilities of the nurses. The law in nursing also outlines the boundaries in independent actions of nursing and provides for the standards of nursing practice. Nursing law ensures that nurses obtain the informed consent of the patients before any treatment and provide information to the clients on any condition that requires diagnosis and also the benefits and risks of the alternative modes of treatment (Guido, 2009). In the above case, the facility has sufficient evidence to suspend the nurse from employment. The nurse is liable since she testified that she recorded their paper documents at the end of the shifts or even the following day. According to legal framework, the nurse must carry out the physician orders unless she reasonably believes that there is an error. The nurse must seek a clarification from the physician or immediate supervisor; otherwise she is liable for any harm experienced by the patient. If nurses are requested to float to another unit, the nurse must have the capacity and experience to carry out the duties since one is held liable for the same standards of care as those other nurses working regularly in that unit. In addition, the nurse is liable for not reporting unsafe nursing practice such as theft of narcotics in the facility (Guido, 2009). Surprisingly, the facility had allowed nurses to sign for narcotics electronically and prepare IV drips in advance and discard the same IV bags when not needed by the physicians. The evidence of other nurses is critical in determining the outcome of this case since other nurses did not follow the legal procedure in medical documentation. The nurses clarified that they had deviated from physician’s order for an IM injection, thus choosing to provide medication by IV route. Finally, the organisation lacked a standard procedure and policy framework for paper records when a preceptor and a mentee were involved. The testimony other nurses would impact on the outcome of the case. For instance, the testimony proves the negligence of the hospital facility in safeguarding the safety of patients since not policies that outline the working relationship of a preceptor and mentee and who should record the narcotics usage. The institutions should first preview the paper record documentation of all nurses and review the authority of each personnel in the organisation. The institution should also review the nurse-patient relationship before the court of law (Guido, 2009). If I
Legal aspects of nursing Name: Institution: Introduction Legal aspects in nursing: case study In this case, a nurse was working in a critical care unit, but suspicion later began as she was diverting narcotics for her personal use. The Acute care hospital had recently installed computerized medicine cabinet that could enhance the tracking and monitoring of the narcotic distribution process…
Nowadays it is evident that the more negligence cases in the healthcare field, the few individuals who are willing to join the nursing field due to panic of lawful implications and invincible suits that rise during the delivery of nursing services to the patient (Barbara, and Phillips, 2013).
This evidence is insufficient to prove wrong-doing. First, other nurses have testified that they had themselves encountered difficulties in the preparation of the written records, because of difficulties in remembering the dosages as well as the kinds of medications that they administered during their shifts.
Malpractice involves a professional individual expressing an improper discharge of their responsibility which may result in damage or harm to another individual (deWit, 2001). On admission it was clear that Mr. Garcia case required delicate and intense care from the hospital and its staff.
Recently the patient has suffered a hemorrhagic stroke in the course of dialysis treatment. This has left him aphasic with right sided hemiplegia. Fortunately, there is a kidney available and the patient can undergo a kidney transplant. Evidently, Mr. Suarez is in a very critical health state and this casts doubt over his eligibility as a kidney transplant recipient.
The customer did the right thing by hiring the chain saw from someone else. It was wrong on the part of Alf to insist on the contract and deliver even when the customer says he has hired it from someone else. Not only this there is no point in delivering the hired product late as time is of great essence in the kind of business Alf is engaged in.
Herein, in a case involving a 15-year old daughter who was impregnated by her stepfather, we resolve the issues of who are mandated to report such statutory rape and whether the mother has the right to access of such records.
The statutory rape laws in USA have undergone drastic changes in the last decade.
Other principles that were noted were giving medication a different route than prescribed; not charting the administration of medication in a timely manner and that the hospital has no policy on who should document the medication in case a nurse is working with a someone
erself admitted to frequently making records long after the medication had already been administered and hence making her records prone to error (Butts & Rich, 2008). It is of paramount importance that a nurse should keep accurate records of all narcotics dispensation, dosage as
Malpractice is also equitable to negligence of duty in nursing but not all malpractices are negligence.
There are conditions to filing a lawsuit against a nurse for a negligence claim. Such conditions include; there must be a medical condition