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What are common areas concerning foreseeability?
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Medication errors, patient falls, failure to adhere to physician orders
The concept that a patient came to harm as a direct result of a nurse's action/inaction is called...
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Causation
T/F Injury, as it related to cases of malpractice, can be physical, psychological or transient.
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False, only physical injury is considered an element for malpractice.
In order to prove damages, a patient must show ______harm before the courts will allow a finding of liability.
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Financial
How can a nurse manager ensure that all of his/her employees meet the standards of care?
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-performing/reviewing all performance reviews for evidence they are met -reviewing patient charts randomly to ensure documentation standards are met -inquiring employees regarding standards and where they can be accessed within the facility
_______ liability refers to each person's responsibility and accountability for their own actions/ommissions.
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Personal
Vicarious liability/substituted liability refer to the _________ doctrine which makes employers accountable for the actions of their employees.
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Respondeat Superior (let the master answer)
T/F In states that allow vicarious/substituted liability, only the facility where the nurse works, not the nurse can be sued.
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False
What is indemnification?
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The ability of a facility to sue a nurse whose negligence caused the facility to pay damages to a patient.
_________ holds that an institution has the responsibility and accountability to maintain an environment that ensures quality healthcare delivery for patients.
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Corporate liability
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What are some examples of areas of corporate liability?
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Negligent hiring/firing issues Failure to maintain safety in the physical environment Lack of competent, qualified and adequate staff
How do nurse managers protect their facility from corporate liability?
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-by ensuring staff remains competent and qualified -ensuring their staff has current licensure -reporting incompetent, illegal or unethical practices -determining employment
How are nurse managers exposed to the possibility of malpractice?
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-Failure to assign, delegate, and supervise within standard of nursing practice -Failure to orient, educate and evaluate new and existing employees -Failure to warn potential employers of staff incompetencies or impairment -failure to provide adequate staffing, failure to ensure qualifications of a float nurse or ensuring temporary agency nurses are qualified
A transfer or authority from one individual to another to perform some type of work or task is called...
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Delegation
T/F Once delegated, the accountability for a task falls upon the person who assumed the task.
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False
________ is the transfer of a task and the accountability related to that task from one person to another.
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Assignment
How often should nurse managers evaluate the competency of their employees to provide competent care?
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Daily
What is the nurse manager's responsibility if an issue has been identified with a staff member?
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-promptly respond to any allegation, regardless of the source (patient or co-workers) of incompetent or questionable care -recommend options for correcting the situation -Follow up on options/recommendations (evaluate)
What are things a future employer should be told of in order not to be liable for a failure to warn?
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-Suspected addictions -Violent behavior -incompetency
What must occur in order for 'qualified privilege' to be in effect?
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The individual must list the nurse manager or institution as a reference
Communications made in good faith between individuals/entities with a 'need to know' is called...
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Qualified privilege
  
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