Safe nursing practice
Seven legal tips for safe nursing practice
To help you maintain a high standard of practice and protect against legal problems related to your nursing care, I'll spell out seven key principles you should follow when providing patient care. I'll also provide examples of how lapses in the standard of care can expose nurses to legal liability.
Adhering to the seven key principles that follow will also help protect you legally.
1. Administer medications properly
Medication errors jeopardize patient safety and are all too frequent. They can also be costly: Besides harming patients, they can lead to expensive follow-up care, litigation, and monetary awards for damages.
Knowing the drugs you administer is a vital element in the nursing standard of practice for medication therapy.