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Possible Legal Risks a Nurse Might Encounter

Possible Legal Risks a Nurse Might Encounter

Stephanie Larkin /

The Actions of Another

If the actions of other personnel or staff fall under the heading of negligence or malpractice and it is not reported, you may potentially be held accountable for legal implications resulting from negative activities. If a nurse knows of a co worker who is abusing drugs, for example, and that nurse allows that activity to continue, the nurse can be held responsible for any harm that is caused while that nurse was under the influence. If someone under a nurse’s supervision is not adequately trained in transferring patients, that nurse has some responsibility to encourage them to learn the missing skills. This is to protect the patient and the staff member from injury.

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