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Possible Legal Risks a Nurse Might Encounter

Possible Legal Risks a Nurse Might Encounter

Stephanie Larkin /


One of the greatest legal defenses a nurse has is to always document properly. This can work the other way as well though, and a nurse can be held responsible if there are documentation errors. The patient’s charts are the legal record of actions taken medically on their behalf. It is critically important that such records be complete and accurate. If there is a controversial order on the chart, in the view of the nurse, then it would be wise to verify. Legal risks are higher if the charting is done incorrectly, or inadequately.

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