Empowering Nurses at the Bedside and in Business

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Update On Nurse Alex Wubbles

Today, September 28, 2018, The Indiana State Nurses Association is hosting among its keynote speakers a nurse who was in the national spotlight late last year. You may remember the July 2017 story about Alex Wubbles, RN, the Salt Lake City nurse who was caring for a patient in the University of Utah emergency room when a detective entered the […]

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How Not to Lose Your Nursing License or Your Nursing Career!

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Undoubtedly, you worked hard to obtain your nursing license. Depending on what type of nurse you are, you may have spent up to 6-8 years, and tens of thousands of dollars, obtaining the necessary education, training, and certifications to become a licensed, practicing nurse. And yet, one split-second mistake, bad decision, or momentary lapse of judgment could cause you to […]

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5 Steps to Avoid Malpractice Claims

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Legal Issues No nurse practitioner wants to face a medical malpractice action. According to the National Practitioner Databank, damages were paid by or on behalf of 290 nurse practitioners in medical malpractice cases in the year 2012 alone. The best way to prevent a medical malpractice action is to be proactive. Here are five tips to avoid malpractice claims. 1. […]

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Risky Business: Nurses must be aware of social networking pitfalls

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For anyone who has ventured into the world of social media, the initial sense of thrill is hard to forget. After entering an email address and password to open a social networking account, users discover infinite possibilities for connecting and re-connecting with friends, co-workers, relatives and people across the world. For healthcare professionals such as nurses, however, the thrill can […]

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Protect Your Nursing License From Board Action, License Disputes, and Revocation

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Undoubtedly, you worked hard to obtain your nursing license. Depending on what type of nurse you are, you may have spent up to 6-8 years, and tens of thousands of dollars, obtaining the necessary education, training, and certifications to become a licensed, practicing nurse. And yet, one split-second mistake, bad decision, or momentary lapse of judgment could cause you to lose […]

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5 tools to protect your nursing license and your livelihood

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Over the past 20 years, I’ve represented more than 300 healthcare providers before the various licensing boards. I’ve seen nurses accused of practicing medicine without a license for misunderstanding the dosage, nurses accused of neglect for failing to answer another nurse’s patient’s alarm like when the other nurse said she would answer it, and nurses accused of abuse for removing […]

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How nurses can advocate for their patients

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“Advocating for patients is within [nursing’s] mission,” according to Susan Perkins, MSN, a nurse practice consultant who teaches in the nursing program at the University of Phoenix® Main Campus. She stresses that nurses should ask patients open questions to help determine their specific needs, and then go to bat for them when necessary. But sometimes, circumstances can make patient advocacy […]

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MTV’s Scrubbing In ‘Hurts Perception of Nursing’, says RN

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You play the role of the nurturing caretaker and fearless problem-solver in your everyday life. Whether it’s with your children, your coworkers, or your friends, people often turn to you for both advice and for comfort. You’re great at putting the needs of others above your own. What you may not know is that the skill set you already possess […]

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Nursing Care Malpractice (Part II)

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(Nursing Care Malpractice Part One discussed what is medical malpractice and the Indiana laws regarding medical malpractice. This article will discuss what happens if I get named in a lawsuit and should I have my own malpractice insurance. We all make mistakes just because we are human beings.) What Happens If I Get Named In A Lawsuit? There are two […]

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Nursing Care Malpractice (Part I)

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We all make mistakes just because we are human beings. However, the question is: When does a nursing mistake become malpractice? What is malpractice? Malpractice is simply a word for negligence regarding a professional. Negligence is a civil wrong. Negligence can occur with an omission-a failure to do something you were supposed to do, or a commission-doing something that should […]

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