Nursing

Another way to avoid the legal hot seat: Keep certifications and trainings current

Nurse Leader Insider, July 23, 2015

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How often do you review staff certifications and trainings to make sure they're current?

Now choose the best answer: continually, very frequently, or every week.

If certifications and trainings have lapsed and a patient is injured, those records become evidence against the hospital. And you will find yourself in the hot seat.

Let's look at how expired certifications and unaddressed competencies can come home to roost. Imagine that your unit is sued in a wrongful death action after unsuccessful emergency resuscitation efforts. The attorney for the patient's family discovers that one of the nurses working the code wasn't current in CPR. That out-of-date certification raises doubts about the emergency resuscitation efforts provided to the patient.

Read the rest of the post to find out how you (the nurse manager) can expect to be questioned in a deposition regarding the expired CPR card.



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