Sample Risk Management Plan for nursing businesses and practices.

Risk management is an important part of any healthcare firm's standard business practice.

Your plan should involve identifying and evaluating risks, as well as implementing the most effective methods of reducing or eliminating them.

NSO and the CNA underwriting companies, the insurance carrier for the NSO program, have created this sample plan as a guide to help you develop your own risk management strategy, one that meets the specific needs of your nursing practice.

View the sample risk management plan [Word Doc]


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Alleged improper admission orders resulting in morphine overdose and death.

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The decedent/ plaintiff was a 67-year-old male who underwent a right total knee replacement. Following the procedure, the plaintiff was treated in the post-anesthesia care unit where an epidural catheter was inserted for post-operative pain management.