AM I NURSING NEGLIGENT? REAL TALK WITH Advocate Maggie.
Hey there, fellow #nurses! Can we take a minute to chat about something serious? I know I’m animated and activated, as I’ve been told repeatedly, but it’s for a good reason, I PROMISE!!!!
We've all survived the mind-boggling world of #nursing school, with its endless medical terms and crazy acronyms. But here's the thing—we don’t get taught about what we practice under administrative law. We often overlook the intersection of our #nursingpractice and the legal system. Trust me, it's a vital part of our journey that needs more attention, and not when it’s too late about when you're standing in front of your professional licensing board.
So, let's talk administrative law. Our precious #nursinglicense falls under its umbrella and its own set of rules and regulations, which they interestingly do not answer to anyone in most states but I digress. These boards are there to keep us in check, ensuring we deliver top-notch care to the public, THE PUBLIC! Not the #nurse. Please re-read that, AND, they're not messing around, and neither should YOU! It’s essential to know and adhere to the rules and regulations that dictate your practice. You as a #nurse can never claim naivety as rule number one in most states is to know and conform to the rules and regulations…. When you ACCEPT your #nursinglicense, you are accepting all the responsibility that goes along with that even the disciplinary action not only administratively cut civilly and possibly criminally. Read your state's #nursing rules and prepare to be amazed.
Now, let's address the elephant in the room—#nursing negligence versus #nursing malpractice. They're like cousins, but not identical twins. Negligence happens when we unintentionally cause harm due to an error or omission. It's like a surprise party gone wrong. But malpractice, my friends, that's a different story. It's when we willingly go against the holy grail of nursing standards and evidence-based practices, causing harm to our patients. It's like intentionally crashing the party that you were intentionally NOT invited to.
So, let me throw some real stats at you that most do not take into consideration when entering healthcare. Medical errors lead to 210,000 to 400,000 preventable deaths each year (James, 2013). Yep, that's like two jumbo jet crashes every single day. Scary stuff, right? I would read that again because that’s a real stat. Human error is real and in our busy world errors are happening more frequently. And guess what? #Nurses are 98% more likely to face the wrath of the nursing board than a medical malpractice or civil case. That's why you need professional liability insurance unless you can write a check right now for $10k and hire legal council and all the money that a BON case may entail from beginning to end, and that’s not the BON fees which can be thousands of dollars. The last #nurse out of California had $20k fees from the BON on top of her $30K on attorney fees. You need to make that decision for yourself but I have it and highly suggest it!
Bottom line? Let's be accountable, my fellow advocates. Familiarize yourself with those board rules and regulations. Understand the difference between negligence and malpractice. I’m here to help you protect yourself and your patients. Together, we've got this.
James, J. T. (2013). A new, evidence-based estimate of patient harms associated with hospital care. Journal of Patient Safety, 9(3), 122-128. doi: 10.1097/PTS.0b013e318294