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  • Updated:   5/13/2022
  • Contains:  14 items
This collection gathers together our most popular articles on proper documentation to help you avoid legal pitfalls.
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Stay out of court with proper documentation

Austin, Sally

Nursing. 41(4):24-29, April 2011.

Besides undermining patient safety, inaccurate or incomplete documentation can land you in court if you're ever charged with nursing negligence. Avoid legal problems by always following these practical, best-practice guidelines.

Puzzling out disclosure programs: Where do you fit into the picture?

Hurst, Jane A.

Nursing. 41(2):50-54, February 2011.

Disclosing errors to patients is not only the right thing to do, but it can also head off lawsuits and improve patient safety. Read this article to explore the issues involved in reporting errors.

10 tips for documenting domestic violence

Lentz, Linda

Nursing. 40(9):53-55, September 2010.

By following this advice, you can avoid documentation pitfalls that might compromise a legal action or prevent your patient from getting needed assistance.

Legally speaking…When can you say NO?

Brooke, Penny S.

Nursing. 39(7):42-46, July 2009.

Learn when (and how) to refuse risky patient-care assignments. Making the wrong choice could jeopardize your patients, your job, and even your license.



Nursing. 37(3):44-45, March 2007.

Used properly, these risk management tools help managers and clinicians identify the root causes of errors and correct underlying problems. Follow these guidelines to ensure that they serve their intended purpose.