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Possible Legal Risks a Nurse Might Encounter

Possible Legal Risks a Nurse Might Encounter

Stephanie Larkin / Articlesbase.com

Malpractice

As opposed to negligence, malpractice is doing something wrong when it was reasonable to expect that the activity would be done correctly. For example, if a nurse does range of motion movements on a patient incorrectly and causes additional strain or pain to the joints, this might be considered malpractice, since it is to be expected that a nurse would be trained in doing such tasks correctly. It does not matter why the malpractice occurred, but it can be the result of fatigue or incomplete or inadequate training. Malpractice is tied to legal risks in many hospital settings each year, although it is more commonly thought of in connection with doctors than nursing staff.


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