Vol. 15 Nbr. 11, November 2007
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- Whistle blowing: US courts restrict nurses' rights, give their employers wider latitude.
- Agency nurse: facility bound by contract if a nurse is hired directly.
- Patient abandonment: court agrees with nursing board, upholds disciplinary action.
- Peer-review/quality-assurance privilege: court reviews the steps a healthcare facility should take before a lawsuit has materialized.
- Discrimination: nurse fired without an investigation.
- Epidural anesthetic: nurse and physician failed to monitor their patient.
- Fall: no nursing negligence.
- Patient codes: jury finds no nursing negligence.
- Dehydration: jury finds nursing home neglected patient's care.
- EMTALA: court rules hospital not at fault for patient's death.
- Fall: bed rails were left down.
- MD's explosive outburst: nurses cleared of charges.
- Cytotec induction of labor: nurse midwife cleared of negligence for uterine damage.
- Pitocin: nurse midwife, $24 million award.
- tPA: patient gets settlement for arm injury from IV.
- CDC: proposed consolidation of infant vaccine info statements.
- Hyperkalemia: nurse ignores doctor's orders.
- Medicare/Medicaid: CMS finalizes regulations for revisit user fees.
- Alzheimer's: nursing facility not liable for alleged assault on patient.
- Diversion: nurse fired for giving narcotic, ibuprofen to co-worker.
- Patient's fall: court endorses nursing expert's opinion re substandard hospital nursing care.