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Incident Reports: A Safety Tool

So that patients and employees can benefit from an incident report, nurses need to understand their use. They also need to know how to complete and file a report correctly to protect themselves and their organization from the report being used as part of legal action in a lawsuit brought by a patient.

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Do’s and Don’ts of Defensive Documentation

Documenting care is a basic nursing responsibility, but it’s one that nurses often struggle with because of time constraints and challenges associated with electronic health records (EHRs), such as poor user interfaces that leave nurses unclear as to where to document findings.

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Nurse License Protection Case Study: Falsifying the record of a medication error

Medication safety has become a highly prominent issue, as national patient safety initiatives focus on the necessity to improve medication management and error reporting processes. However, dispensing and administration lapses continue to occur. This license protection case study involves a traveling registered nurse (RN) working on an inpatient oncology unit.

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Essential Tips for Mentoring New Nurses

The workforce after the COVID-19 pandemic is much different from the prepandemic world. During the pandemic, many nurses left their current employers or exited nursing entirely. Shortages are persistent, and because of turnover, many in the current workforce are less familiar with the organizations they work for and less experienced in nursing.

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A Guide to Your Nurse Practice Act

Nursing professionals have a wide range of valuable resources to help them in their jobs, such as organizational policies and procedures and databases of clinical practice guidelines. Many nursing professionals use these on a regular basis to help them deliver quality care. But they tend to overlook one essential practice resource — the nurse practice act (NPA).

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