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Legal Aspects of Nursing. Homework 5
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NURSING LEGAL ASPECTS TABLE OF CONTENTS ANSWERS TO 4 CASE QUESTIONS 3 ANSWERS TO HOMEWORK 5 FORM QUESTIONS 4 REFERENCES 8 ANSWERS TO 4 CASE QUESTIONS 1. The extent of the evidence consists of the differences in the notations written in the paper records on the narcotics administration made by the nurse on the one hand and the electronic records of patient narcotics administration on the other hand.
These difficulties could have easily resulted in errors in the manual documentation. This hints at problems in the process, rather than a willful act of fraud on the part of the nurses and the nurse under trial in particular. (Case Facts, n.d.) 2. The testimonies of the other nurses are very relevant. They point to difficulties in following the process steps and in being accurate in their accomplishment of the manual documentation for the medications. First the nurses testified that the process prompted them to instances when they were prone to making errors in the manual documentation, because of problems with recall with regard to dosages and to the medicines administered. This is because the documentation was done towards the end of the shift, or during breaks, and not at the point of the administration. Second, this problem was compounded by the fact that in practice, nurses signed narcotics electronically in anticipation of need, and then threw them away when they were not used, especially with regard to the IV bags. This means that there were additional opportunities to make mistakes in the manual documentation later on (Case Facts, n.d.). 3. ...
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