Essay On Negligence And Malpractice

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Negligence and Malpractice What Nurses to Know Negligence and malpractice are terms that many use interchangeably, but the meanings are very different. Healthcare is one practice that has been in existence for centuries whether informally or formally. Since the first birth of any kind, the nurturing and caring of each other man or beast utilized the methods available to restore or maintain life. Since the 19th century, instructional school for nursing was established, streamlining the institution of health care today. In the previous centuries, caring for the sick was not the industry we know today. One did not worry about negligence and malpractice lawsuits, but today one has to be knowledgeable and aware of the implications of both negligence and malpractice in the 20th century practice of healthcare. This paper will explore the difference between negligence, and malpractice, and what one can do as humanly possible, to avoid being the subject of either. It will explore the importance of accurate and adequate documentation and how important it is for nurses to maintain Professional …show more content…

If a person commits a “tort a civil wrong committed to another person or their property and the person is a nonprofessional this is negligence.” (Guido, 2014) In the case of Thomas v. Sheridan (2008) a sheriffs’ deputy not trained in handling a prisoner properly, allowed the unrestrained prisoner to take possession of his weapon, fire a shot and take a nurse hostage, no harm ensued, but the courts found the Sheriff’s department was negligent in favor of the nurse. (Guido, 2014) Anyone including nonmedical personal can be negligent. Tort law violations based on “fault” is the most common violation seen in the health care setting. Even if you are not the negligent individual, if you are overseeing staff and you are the licensed personal you could be named in ones’ negligent suit and be in violation of malpractice because of your professional

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  • Explains the difference between negligence and malpractice in the 20th century practice of healthcare.
  • Explains that malpractice is a professional's negligence by failing to provide standard of care.
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