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How Not to Lose Your Nursing License or Your Nursing Career!

Undoubtedly, you worked hard to obtain your nursing license. Depending on what type of nurse you are, you may have spent up to 6-8 years, and tens of thousands of dollars, obtaining the necessary education, training, and certifications to become a licensed, practicing nurse. And yet, one split-second mistake, bad decision, or momentary lapse of judgment could cause you to lose your license -- and perhaps your career -- indefinitely. Every Nurse is Vulnerable to License Actions or … [Read more...]

5 Steps to Avoid Malpractice Claims

Legal Issues No nurse practitioner wants to face a medical malpractice action. According to the National Practitioner Databank, damages were paid by or on behalf of 290 nurse practitioners in medical malpractice cases in the year 2012 alone. The best way to prevent a medical malpractice action is to be proactive. Here are five tips to avoid malpractice claims. 1. Good Communication People want to feel they are heard. Taking the time to really listen to your patients is essential. … [Read more...]

Risky Business: Nurses must be aware of social networking pitfalls

For anyone who has ventured into the world of social media, the initial sense of thrill is hard to forget. After entering an email address and password to open a social networking account, users discover infinite possibilities for connecting and re-connecting with friends, co-workers, relatives and people across the world. For healthcare professionals such as nurses, however, the thrill can quickly turn to panic when a post sparks a negative reaction at work. A seemingly innocent picture or … [Read more...]

Protect Your Nursing License From Board Action, License Disputes, and Revocation

Undoubtedly, you worked hard to obtain your nursing license. Depending on what type of nurse you are, you may have spent up to 6-8 years, and tens of thousands of dollars, obtaining the necessary education, training, and certifications to become a licensed, practicing nurse. And yet, one split-second mistake, bad decision, or momentary lapse of judgment could cause you to lose your license -- and perhaps your career -- indefinitely. Every Nurse is Vulnerable to License Actions or … [Read more...]

5 tools to protect your nursing license and your livelihood

Over the past 20 years, I’ve represented more than 300 healthcare providers before the various licensing boards. I’ve seen nurses accused of practicing medicine without a license for misunderstanding the dosage, nurses accused of neglect for failing to answer another nurse’s patient’s alarm like when the other nurse said she would answer it, and nurses accused of abuse for removing a patient’s hand off a foley catheter as the patient was trying to yank it out. It surprised me that so many … [Read more...]

How nurses can advocate for their patients

“Advocating for patients is within [nursing’s] mission,” according to Susan Perkins, MSN, a nurse practice consultant who teaches in the nursing program at the University of Phoenix® Main Campus. She stresses that nurses should ask patients open questions to help determine their specific needs, and then go to bat for them when necessary. But sometimes, circumstances can make patient advocacy difficult, says Lorie Brown, JD, a registered nurse and practicing attorney specializing in health … [Read more...]

MTV’s Scrubbing In ‘Hurts Perception of Nursing’, says RN

You play the role of the nurturing caretaker and fearless problem-solver in your everyday life. Whether it’s with your children, your coworkers, or your friends, people often turn to you for both advice and for comfort. You’re great at putting the needs of others above your own. What you may not know is that the skill set you already possess can be easily translated into a career in the ever-growing caretaking industry of nursing. You’re already well on your way just by being who you … [Read more...]

Nursing Care Malpractice (Part II)

(Nursing Care Malpractice Part One discussed what is medical malpractice and the Indiana laws regarding medical malpractice. This article will discuss what happens if I get named in a lawsuit and should I have my own malpractice insurance. We all make mistakes just because we are human beings.) What Happens If I Get Named In A Lawsuit? There are two parties in a lawsuit, the plaintiff who is the patient initiating the suit and the second party is the defendant, who is the doctor or … [Read more...]