Vol. 17 Nbr. 1, January 2009
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- Morally coercive or discriminatory practices: new regulations take effect January 20, 2009.
- End-stage COPD: was morphine overdose the cause of death?
- Perioperative nursing: shoulder chair attachment comes loose.
- Wrongful discharge: employee refused to commit an illegal act, can sue for retaliation.
- Psychiatric care: no discharge planning, hospital held liable for homeless veteran's suicide.
- Skin care: substandard care did not cause death.
- Arbitration: arbitration agreement is valid.
- Arbitration: nurses are not protected by the arbitration agreement.
- Nurse as patient advocate: court tones down scope of labor & delivery nurses' responsibility.
- Emergency room: court questions the existence of a medical emergency.
- Emergency room: medical emergency justifies body cavity search, urinary catheterization.
- Discrimination: deaf patient gets legal settlement.
- Labor & delivery: nurses waited to phone ob/gyn.
- Patient not restrained, falls from bed: lawsuit against nursing home is dismissed.
- Definition of family member: court allows suit against critical-care nurse who excluded life-partner from room.
- Nursing documentation: court points to nursing progress note, dismisses patient's lawsuit.