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Nurse Professional Liability Exposures: 2015 Claim Report Update.

This report examines nurse claims that can help you identify liability patterns and trends so you can understand your areas of greatest vulnerability, and take appropriate action to protect patients from harm and reduce the risk of potential litigation.

Nurse Professional Liability Exposures: 2015 Claim Report Update.

This report examines nurse claims that can help you identify liability patterns and trends so you can understand your areas of greatest vulnerability, and take appropriate action to protect patients from harm and reduce the risk of potential litigation.

Responding to questions in a pre-trial deposition.

This video can help you be prepared. 

Learn about malpractice prevention and earn CE credits.

"Focus on Malpractice Prevention" is a risk management continuing education program that offers CE accreditation and a 10% discount on NSO premiums. 

Test Your Liability IQ: Top Reasons Nurses Get Sued

This webinar explores indemnity and expense payments for professional liability claims on behalf of nurses, RN, LPN and LVNs, insured under the CNA/NSO program during the most recent five-year period, 2011-2015.

Administer meds without a doctor's order? Proceed with caution.

Registered nurses generally should administer medications only with a physician’s order. Only certain advanced practice nurses have prescriptive authority, and their qualifications, as well as the type of drug and the amount they are allowed to prescribe, vary from state to state.

Charting by exception: the legal risks.

There are numerous variations to charting by exception. Virtually every facility that uses such a system does it differently.

Why incident reports are a must.

Here are three hypothetical situations.

Keeping up with technology: your risks and responsibilities.

Information technology is constantly evolving. Among the most common types are electronic health records (EHRs) and computerized physician order entry systems (CPOEs).

Don't cross the line: respecting professional boundaries.

At best, nurses and patients develop a special bond based on trust, compassion, and mutual respect.

Don't cross the line: respecting professional boundaries.

At best, nurses and patients develop a special bond based on trust, compassion, and mutual respect.

Do's and don'ts of documentation.

Good documentation can help you defend yourself in a malpractice lawsuit, and it can also keep you out of court in the first place.

Nursing fatigue is dangerous for nurses and patients.

Nurse fatigue caused by working long hours can be dangerous for both nurses and patients.

Documentation: proactive prevention of litigation.

There is no quick and effective antidote to malpractice allegations. Prevention, however, is necessary.

Documentation on trial: 9 ways to protect your agency.

In most states, a patient can wait several years to file a lawsuit and then it can take years before the suit goes to court.

Defensive documentation: learn how good charting can protect you from liability.

When you document your nursing care in a patient's chart, you communicate with other members of the healthcare team and contribute to a legal document: the medical record.

How documentation could come back to haunt you.

The confusing or opinionated words you choose in charting today could come back to haunt you tomorrow.

Abbreviations: A shortcut to disaster.

Trying to save time by using abbreviations? Make sure that you aren't putting yourself or your patients in jeopardy.

Failure to monitor opiate medication resulting in patient death.

This case involves a family nurse practitioner working under the supervision of a family medical physician in an office setting. The patient was a 48-year-old female who had been treating regularly with our nurse practitioner for the past two years.

8 common charting mistakes to avoid.

Here’s advice that can help keep your charting at its best, and keep you out of legal trouble.

JUST RELEASED! - Nurse Practitioner Claim Report: 4th Edition - A Guide to Identifying and Addressing Professional Liability Exposures

The new Nurse Practitioner Claim Report released by NSO and CNA, reports that the average cost to defend a malpractice lawsuit against a nurse practitioner is $60,034.   

JUST RELEASED! - Nurse Practitioner Claim Report: 4th Edition - A Guide to Identifying and Addressing Professional Liability Exposures

The new Nurse Practitioner Claim Report released by NSO and CNA, reports that the average cost to defend a malpractice lawsuit against a nurse practitioner is $60,034.   

A solution to sitters that won’t fall short

Patient falls continue to be a leading cause of preventable injury in U.S. hospitals1.

A solution to sitters that won’t fall short

Patient falls continue to be a leading cause of preventable injury in U.S. hospitals1.

Creating Inclusiveness for Transgender Patients

As a nursing professional, being attuned to the needs of transgender patients helps you ensure their health needs are met and reduces the risk of legal liability.

Medication administration error at long-term facility the cause of elderly woman's death.

An elderly woman living in a long-term care facility passes away; autopsy reveals the cause of death to be an overdose of morphine. Indemnity Settlement Payment: In excess of $390,000.

Workplace Violence and Safety Response

Healthcare workers, and in particular hospital workers, are at high risk for workplace violence. Yet many hospitals don’t have safety protocols in place, and those that do often haven’t examined protocol adherence or efficacy.

Dispensing Alert! Dial, Set, and Lock that Dose

NSO and the Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP) have teamed up to help you practice safe medication use and keep patients safe. The following is an ISMP Medication Safety Alert from the August 2017 NSO Risk Advisor.

Medication Management for Nurse Practitioners: Protecting Yourself from Liability

Within the NSO and CNA 4th edition claims analysis for nurse practitioners, medication-related claims represented 29.4% of closed claims. The overall frequency of medication-related allegations in the current report (29.4 percent) has nearly doubled since the 2012 report (16.5 percent).

Medication Management for Nurse Practitioners: Protecting Yourself from Liability

Within the NSO and CNA 4th edition claims analysis for nurse practitioners, medication-related claims represented 29.4% of closed claims. The overall frequency of medication-related allegations in the current report (29.4 percent) has nearly doubled since the 2012 report (16.5 percent).

Nurse Professional Liability Exposures: 2015 Claim Report

This webinar will explore indemnity and expense payments for professional liability claims on behalf of nurses, RN, LPN and LVNs, insured under the CNA/NSO program during the most recent five-year period, 2010-2014.

NSO's Nurse Liability Update Webinar

NSO's webinar will explore indemnity and expenses for professional liability claims on​ behalf of nurses insured under the CNA/NSO program during a five-year period. This program will describe top allegations made against nurses in malpractice lawsuits as well as patient injuries and outcomes.

Nurse Practitioner Liability Update: A Three-part Approach

NSO will share selected results from NSO/CNA's 5-year study of professional liability and license protection claims found in, Nurse Practitioner 2012 Liability Update: A Three Part Approach.

Nurse Practitioner Liability Update and Social Media Cautions

This webinar will explore selected results from 5-years of NSO/CNA claim data, examine two actual malpractice claims against nurse practitioners, as well as discuss the potential pitfalls of social media.

Social Media Etiquette for Nursing Professionals

While the world of social media is sometimes viewed as the wild west of the internet, the social media posts you make can negatively affect you.

The Ins and Outs of Patient Abandonment

What is patient abandonment? How do you protect yourself from being accused of this type of unprofessional conduct?

End of Life Care: Responsibilities and Risks

Nurses can make a major contribution in easing the transition from aggressive treatment to palliative care, regardless of the setting. To do so, they must be prepared to make ethical and humane decisions while also avoiding professional liability exposures.

When to Refuse an Assignment

Being assigned to an unfamiliar clinical area is one thing, but what if you are ordered to perform an unfamiliar procedure or a task that’s outside the scope of nursing practice? When should you refuse an assignment?

Defensive Documentation

When you document your nursing care in a patient's chart, you communicate with other members of the healthcare team and contribute to a legal document: the medical record. Good charting can make all the difference in a medical malpractice lawsuit.

Protect Your Professional License, Protect Your Livelihood

When you purchase your own professional liability insurance policy through Nurses Service Organization (NSO), you have peace of mind knowing that you have the resources available to protect your license and your right to practice.

Medical Malpractice 101 for Nursing Students: Know the Facts, Know Your Risk

What do nursing students need to know about medical malpractice? What should nurses know about their professional liability risks?

Medical Malpractice 101 for Nursing Students: Know the Facts, Know Your Risk

What do nursing students need to know about medical malpractice? What should nurses know about their professional liability risks?

Overcoming the pitfalls of medication reconciliation

Any time there’s a hand-off in patient care, there’s an increased risk for a medication error. Medication reconciliation has been used to help bridge this hand-off communication on admission, between transfers in the hospital, and at discharge.

Reducing readmissions through discharge communication

One of the most important transitions in the continuum of care is patient discharge. Unfortunately, many patients across the country will leave hospitals, clinics, and healthcare provider offices unsure about what medications to take, when to make a follow-up appointment, and other critical details about their care.

Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist Case Study with Risk Management Strategies Presented by NSO and CNA

Medical malpractice claims may be asserted against any healthcare practitioner involved in the care of the patient, including certified registered nurse anesthetist (CRNA). This case study involves a CRNA working in an outpatient endoscopy center.

Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist - Improper Technique When Performing a Peribulbar and/or Retrobulbar Block

Medical malpractice claims may be asserted against any healthcare practitioner involved in the care of a patient, including certified registered nurse anesthetist (CRNA). This case study involves a CRNA working in an ambulatory surgery center.

The Non-Adherent Patient: Risk Control Strategies for Nurses

Patient non-adherence can come in many forms: unwillingness to follow a course of therapy, repeated missed appointments, rejecting treatment recommendations, reluctance to take medications, refusal to provide information or chronic late payments. If left unchecked, such conduct may result in litigation.

The Non-Adherent Patient: Risk Control Strategies for Nurses

Patient non-adherence can come in many forms: unwillingness to follow a course of therapy, repeated missed appointments, rejecting treatment recommendations, reluctance to take medications, refusal to provide information or chronic late payments. If left unchecked, such conduct may result in litigation.

Do you know what do if there's an active shooter at your facility?

Mass shooting incidents have prompted individuals and organizations, including hospitals and other healthcare facilities, to consider response plans for an “active shooter”. Does your workplace have a plan in place for how to handle an active shooter? Would you know how to react to protect yourself and your patients or clients?

Do you know what do if there's an active shooter at your facility?

Mass shooting incidents have prompted individuals and organizations, including hospitals and other healthcare facilities, to consider response plans for an “active shooter”. Does your workplace have a plan in place for how to handle an active shooter? Would you know how to react to protect yourself and your patients or clients?

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