What types of procedures should be assigned to professional nurses?
Sterile or Invasive procedures.
Negligence is measured by reasonableness. What question might the nurse ask when determining such reasonableness?
Would a reasonable and prudent nurse act in the same manner under the same circumstances?
List the four elements that are necessary to prove negligence.
Duty - Failure to protect client against unreasonable risk
Breach of Duty: Failure to perform according to established standards.
Causation: A connection exists between conduct of the nurse and the resulting damage.
Damages: Damage is done to the client, physical or mental.
Define an intentional tort, and give one example.
Tort: Conduct causing damage to another person in a willful or intentional way without just cause.
Example: Hitting a client out of anger, not in a manner of self-protection.
Differentiate between voluntary and involuntary admission.
Voluntary: Client admits self to an institution for treatment and retains his or her civil rights; he or she may leave at any time.
Involuntary Admission: Someone other than client applies for the client's admission to an institution (a relative, friend, or the state); requires certification by one or two health care providers or physicians that the person is a danger to self or others; the person has a right to a legal hearing to try to be released, and the court determines the justification for
List five activities a person who is declared incompetent cannot perform.