The facility was within their legal right to suspend the nurse on the basis of the discrepancies between the records on the automated medicine cabinet and the handwritten medication administration record. The nurse…
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An accurate record is the only proof a nurse may give in the event of a lawsuit against him or her.
The nurses’ testimonies at trial would have a great influence on the case as they serve as further evidence of negligence and malpractice on their part. In my opinion, the other nurses made the situation turn from bad to worse with their own revelations of how they often “could not remember exactly” the prescribed medication and dosages. This is also coupled with the fact that the nurses also deviated from the doctors’ instruction by deviating from IM injections and preferring to administer medication through intravenous drips. This new revelations could lead to further lawsuits on the rest of the nursing staff that had given the aforementioned testimonies.
The court and the relevant State Board of Nursing should investigate on the possible root causes for the widespread malpractice and negligence by its nursing staff. The court should also give a court order to authorize the police to carry out drug tests on the indicted nurse so as to accurately determine if she after all had been diverting the narcotics for personal use. The outcome of this medical exam may be used by the nurse to sue the institution if she the results back up her testimony. The affected health facilities should also formulate new policies and guidelines to ensure that similar cases do not happen again. These policies should also be designed in a manner that patient safety is given paramount importance.
The health record is a legal document itself and based on the evidence available there are discrepancies between the handwritten record and the computerized medicine cabinet thus suggesting existence of negligence. On the other hand the hospital on its part has failed to provide sufficient and clear cut policies to support and protect its nursing staff. The healthcare facility is legally liable for some of the nurses’ malpractices. The
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Nowadays it is evident that the more negligence cases in the healthcare field, the few individuals who are willing to join the nursing field due to panic of lawful implications and invincible suits that rise during the delivery of nursing services to the patient (Barbara, and Phillips, 2013).
Nurses had the duty to manually document the patient details, time, route and dosage on paper based medical administration record (MAR). Later, discrepancies were noted in the electronic data and hand written records. The nurse was unable to make a reasonable explanation and was later suspended by the supervisor.
This evidence is insufficient to prove wrong-doing. First, other nurses have testified that they had themselves encountered difficulties in the preparation of the written records, because of difficulties in remembering the dosages as well as the kinds of medications that they administered during their shifts.
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