Did the lack of documentation in the admitting nurse’s assessment and notes affect the ultimate outcome of this case?

Assignment: module 4: lack of documentation in the admitting nurse

Professional Development Exercises :

Read the case study presented at the end of Chapter 9 (Guido, p. 185-186).


Did the lack of documentation in the admitting nurse’s assessment and notes affect the ultimate outcome of this case?


Was there negligence on the part of the nursing staff in the care of this patient?


What could the nurse have done differently to facilitate a different outcome in this case?


How would you decide this case?


Using the sample professional liability insurance policy (Guido, p. 193-194), locate the various provisions:
Limits of liability
Declarations
Deductibles
Exclusions
Reservation of rights
Covered injuries
Defense costs
Coverage conditions and supplementary payments
Did you have difficulty finding some of the sections? Would this be a policy that you would consider purchasing for your own liability coverage? Why or why not?


Read the case study presented at the end of Chapter 10 (Guido, p. 198)
What provisions of an insurance policy would you consult to determine if an insurance company should pay such a claim, and what would the limits of the liability be?


Is the nursing home insurance company correct in saying that this is a professional judgment issue?


Which insurance company (the nursing home’s or that of the administrator of the nursing home, assuming she has coverage) should pay the court-ordered judgment?

Was the physician neglectful in this case or does the responsibility lie primarily on the nurse?

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