It is so critical for nurses to proper document a patient. This is one of the most critical aspects of protecting oneself from legal malpractice. Nurses need to document to protect themselves when writing reports on patients
The article, “Nurse documentation contributes to lawsuit dismissal” discusses the importance and the particular case that highlights why nurses need to document properly in legal cases. The article states,
“In the case, William was the temporary guardian for his father-in-law, Harold, who was admitted to the hospital for treatment, presumably because of malnourishment. Harold was placed on tube feedings. During a visit with his father-in-law, William decided to use a ballpoint pen to puncture the hanging plastic nutrition bag so the infusion would flow faster. The nurse caring for Harold contacted the nursing supervisor when she determined what had happened”
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Please also review our Legal Nurse Consultant Program and see if it matches your academic and professional needs. And also always remember the importance of good documentation for patients.