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Government reports suggest that one in every 20 hospital patients is the victim of a medical error each year. According to the conclusions of one report written by the National Academy of Sciences, Institute of Medicine, as many as 14,000 unnecessary deaths occur annually in the United States due to medication errors and many more patients are injured or harmed due to acts of negligence.

Alarmingly, medication errors are just one type of nursing negligence that have serious consequences for patients, for the reputations and licenses of the healthcare professionals involved, and the reputation of the entire institution of medicine. Fortunately, there are ways to prevent nursing negligence from occurring.

To complete this course, you must do the following:

  • Read the Overview and Course Objectives.
  • Study the Terminology.
  • Read the course material.
  • Complete the Learning Activity.
  • Complete the Post Test with a score of 80% or more.

    This course describes the importance of preventing nursing negligence in order to assist the patient's continuing care and to avoid legal implications. The material is organized around the following categories:

  • Introduction.
  • The definition of nursing negligence.
  • The four components of nursing negligence: duty, breach, cause and harm.
  • Legal conditions: proving harm as result of nursing negligence.
  • Common types of negligence.
  • The importance of filing exception reports.
  • How you can prevent nursing negligence.
  • Conclusion.

    The purpose of this program is to provide nurses and other healthcare professionals an understanding of the importance of preventing nursing negligence in all areas of patient care in order to assist the patient's continuing care and avoid legal implications.

    After completing this course, the learner should be able to:

  • Describe nursing negligence and the common forms of nursing negligence.
  • LIst the four components of nursing negligence.
  • Explain an exception report and why it is crucial to file one with your supervisor in patient events that do not fall under routine care.
  • Describe steps in the prevention of nursing negligence.

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