Sharing the Legal Responsibility

Ashley, Ruthe C.
October 2005
Critical Care Nurse;Oct2005, Vol. 25 Issue 5, p70
Academic Journal
Discusses how the sharing of legal responsibility can help nurses avoid malpractice lawsuits. Scenarios that require a nurse to either go up to the chain of command or through a horizontal plane by consulting colleagues; Role of patients and families in decision making; Importance of documentation.


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