Nurses play a major role in the care and recovery of patients and are responsible for a wide array of tasks.
Overview of Nursing Malpractice in Texas
Medical malpractice, in general, refers to the failure of a health care professional to act according to the “standard of care.” The standard of care for a nurse is what an ordinarily prudent nurse would do under the same or similar circumstances. Nursing malpractice involves any trained health care professional providing nursing services, including nurses and certified nurse assistants (CNAs).
It’s crucial to understand that even basic “bedside” skills, such as administering and monitoring the effects of medication, wound care, and the use of IVs and catheters, among other things, can cause patient injury. Nurses often act as the gatekeepers between doctors and patients.
Nurses have several duties and responsibilities, especially where bedridden patients are concerned. They spend a major part of their working day with patients. They are also trained to identify health issues and complications and report them to the doctor in a timely manner. If a nurse fails at performing their duties, serious complications, including injury and death can occur.