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Happy Birthday, Nightingale
A special timeline illustrates quite an extraordinary life.
A nod to Nightingale
WHO designates 2020 Year of the Nurse and Midwife.
Smooth care transitions matter
Learn how to avoid readmissions in this free CE course.
Are you an ethics champion?
You are if you promote three core responsibilities.
If Nightingale were alive today
Veterans? The poor? Read about causes she may have championed.
Certification bolsters career
Earning certification can help your nursing salary surge.
DAISY blooms across the globe
The program continues to make its international mark.
Wound care you need to know
Learn how outdated practices can compromise wound treatment.
Letters with lasting impact
Florence's letters reveal what her concerns were back in the day.
Achieve peace of mind
Try meditation and feng shui to take your self-care to a new level.
The cape comes with the job
RNs can’t leap tall buildings, but they show heroism in other ways.
Two minutes with Florence
Nurses share what they would ask Nightingale if they had the chance.
CE: EBP in a clinical setting
Learn how evidence-based practice is a boon for patients.
Make sound ethical choices
Do you know the six key ethical principles that guide decisions?
Celebrate education progress
Nurse education requirements are changing to meet patients' needs.
Manage conflict like a pro
Use these 9 tips to keep the peace at work and at home.
Inspired by Nightingale
An asteroid was named after her! Read more namesake fun facts.
Learning goes beyond school
Communication and leadership can sharpen your nursing prowess.
We celebrate our nurses
Churchill, Twain, Dickens ... Get inspired by our RNs' quote picks.
Nurses and their causes
Nurses are taking the lead as advocates in various settings.
Browse our CE catalog
We have the education modules you need to elevate your career.
Don't wait to say 'thanks!'
Weave regular recognition into your goals. Nurses deserve it.
Celebrating is academic
Faculty and students take part in Nurses Week celebrations.
Life as a nurse attorney
Blogger shares why she became a legal advocate for nurses.
Diversity takes center stage
RNs are improving workforce diversity and cultural competence.
A walk down memory lane
Read how Nurses Week was born out of decades of advocacy.
Self-care feeds good ethics
Find out why RNs should prioritize staying healthy.
Are you satisfied?
Nurses reveal whether their jobs are making them happy.
Help human trafficking victims
Learn to identify and assess victims with this CE course.
Nursing students celebrate, too
Find out how students get inspired on National Student Nurses Day.
Protect your nursing practice
25 legal tools you need to protect your career.
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Protect your nursing practice and your career
25 legal tools no nurse should be without
By
Nancy J. Brent, MS, JD, RN
EDITOR'S NOTE:
Nancy J. Brent, MS, JD, RN, brings more than 30 years of experience to her role as Nurse.com’s legal information columnist.
Which specialty should you consider? Do you want to teach or practice? In which practice setting do you think you could best contribute your skills and expertise? As a nurse, you have countless decisions to make to develop your career, and you can always change your path. What should not change is how resolute you are in protecting your license and your practice.
An unpleasant constant for nurses throughout their careers is that there are potential liabilities linked to their profession. A nurse can be named as a defendant in a professional negligence case, for instance, or
accused of violating the nurse practice
act
or its rules, defaming a fellow worker, breaching a contract of employment or
breaching a
patient’s confidentiality
. But there are legal means that can help protect you and your practice. Here are my tips for avoiding potential liability:
Avoid the legal pitfalls — obvious and otherwise
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Know your
state nurse practice act
and its rules and review them on a regular basis.
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Stay informed by attending board of nursing meetings.
Purchase and maintain your own professional liability insurance policy.
Remain clinically current in your chosen specialty.
Participate in research or design and carry out your own research study to help support needed changes in patient care. This can reduce your liability when providing care to patients.
Use evidence-based nursing practices.
Be mindful at all times when providing patient care or preparing and administering medications.
Participate in continuing education programs in nursing in order to maintain continued competency in the areas in which you practice.
Enroll in an advanced degree nursing program to increase your ability to use critical thinking and problem-solving skills in your practice.
Maintain a general knowledge of law applicable to nursing practice and your practice specifically.
Maintain open lines of direct and honest communication with nursing and other healthcare team members, patients and patients' families.
Utilize a risk management approach when providing care to patients to decrease risk of injury to or death of a patient.
Know your employee handbook, review it regularly for changes and follow your employer’s adopted policies and procedures.
If you’re a student or a faculty member in a nursing education program, learn your rights and responsibilities as stated in your faculty and student handbook.
Know your protections under workers’ compensation laws and report any injury in the workplace as required under the law.
If you’re a union member, evaluate your benefits and rights and use the bargaining agreement’s protections, as needed.
Uphold safety requirements in the workplace for yourself and patients.
Uphold the American Nurses Association's and other professional nursing associations’ code of ethics.
Observe age-old, good documentation principles when recording patient care.
Participate in the political process to shape legislation and elect legislators who support nursing.
If you’re an advanced practice registered nurse, order medications, treatments and other healthcare regimens within your scope of practice.
Avoid using bullying, intimidating or other behaviors that are not respectful of patients or fellow staff.
Retain a nurse attorney or attorney as soon as possible whenever you face potential legal liability, require a consultation on a practice matter or when concerns about your practice arise.
Adhere to your facility’s chain of command when reporting patient care issues.
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