• nursing duty;
  • care standards;
  • malpractice;
  • judicial system

Poster Presentation

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  2. Poster Presentation

Purpose for the Program

Since the 1990s there have been increasing numbers of lawsuits involving perinatal nurses. As members of the perinatal care team, nurses need to know the legal basis of the care they provide within this team. The purpose of this session is to provide nurses with an understanding of the strengths and vulnerabilities of professional practice and issues in providing quality care. This information should be shared with nurses so that they can be more aware of the way nursing practice is viewed and reviewed in courts.

Proposed Change

Medical malpractice trial outcomes are increasingly influencing nurses and nursing practice. We will provide information about the integral roles of nursing, medicine, and law, and how these professions work together on issues of quality care. We will rely on cases that have gone through the judicial system to support the principle points. We will provide examples of key elements discussed and decided in the courts (e.g., duty, care, standards, proximate cause, and proof). We will demonstrate how the legal system, which is the arbiter of standards, has influenced nursing and medical care of women and infants.

Implementation, Outcomes, and Evaluation

Nurses will apply the information learned in this session to their practice by understanding the dual principles of autonomy and teamwork. We will create an awareness of the strengths and vulnerabilities inherent in professional perinatal practice. An awareness of duty, care, and standards, as taken from the trial decisions, will inform nursing practice.

Implications for Nursing Practice

Upon returning to their work settings, nurses will be knowledgeable to comment on the trial and appeals, and consider applications to their nursing practice.