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Old 07-20-2011, 02:33 PM
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Default Student Nurses Can Be Sued

"Student nurses can be held liable for their actions and can be sued. A student nurse is held to the same standard of care as a registered nurse when performing RN duties. If a student nurse cannot safely function in the performance of these duties while unsupervised, the student should not be carrying out the duties. Kelly and Joel report the case of a first year student who administered an intramuscular injection into a patient's sciatic nerve causing severe damage. The student was found to be negligent because she should have known the proper procedure and taken special precautions with the patient who was very thin. In another set of circumstances, the instructor might have been found liable on the basis of inadequate supervision had the instructor given the task to the student knowing the student was not capable or competent to perform the task". Check it out by clicking on this link:

ANA Continuing Education | ANA: ANA Nursing Risk Management Series: I: An Overview of Risk Management
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