Year: 2002 Source: Journal of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association, v.8, no.3, (June 2002), p.106-108 SIEC No: 20050308

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)