Lawsuits: Should Psychiatric Nurses be Concerned?
The author discusses the legal responsibilities of psychiatric nurses to provide care and prevent harm to their patients. Various levels of liability are defined & illustrated with reference to recent court cases. Charges of malpractice associated with incidents of self-harm & suicide by psychiatric patients are examined. The author emphasizes that psychiatric nurses should be concerned about lawsuits & make themselves aware of professional standards & legal guidelines in order to avoid them. (20 refs)