A nurse’s job can be quite stressful. You have to work long hours, pay close attention to your patients’ needs, deal with unreasonable patients from time to time, and witness human suffering firsthand on a daily basis. On top of it, you might also have to deal with complaints filed against you by patients or their family members at times. Due to the coronavirus outbreak, healthcare facilities and nursing homes in the country have been overwhelmed with patients and complaints against healthcare workers – nurses in particular – are on the rise.
Facing a Board complaint can be a distressing experience for any nurse. Being investigated by the nursing board for something you feel is unfair or may be untrue can be demoralising to say the least. The unfortunate truth, however, is that as a nurse, you might have to face false complaints from time to time. If and when you do face such complaints, what should you do?
Nursing complaints can be very stressful to deal with. Aside from the emotional trauma caused by accusations of professional misconduct or malpractice, the possibility that you could lose your license can make you feel insecure about your future. The best way to prevent nursing complaints is to avoid doing things that can land you in trouble. Here are seven nursing complaint prevention tips that can help you safeguard yourself against the risk of malpractice claims and complaints.
The coronavirus outbreak has fueled an unprecedented public health crisis in the United States. Our healthcare centers and nursing homes, many of which are understaffed and poorly equipped, are under tremendous strain and are struggling to treat infected patients, whose number keeps growing exponentially. The rising number of nursing home deaths, in particular, is a cause of concern for nurses, as they might be accused of negligence or malpractice by family members.
As a nurse, you can face disciplinary action for a variety of different reasons – from privacy violations to negligence, physical or verbal abuse, failure to document, impairment, and many more. If the allegations are proven to be true, the board might decide to discipline you by taking the following actions.
Facing a nursing complaint can be a nerve-wracking experience. Here are the things to consider when responding to a board complaint.
While nurses may love the incredibly important and invaluable job they are tasked with, no one likes the thought of having to someday deal with the long and taxing process involved in responding to a complaint against their license. Unfortunately, for any nurse, dealing with the complaint process is always a possibility, which is why it’s vital to have a sense of who exactly has the ability to file a complaint and who is affected. Let’s take a look. The Complainant The reality is, a state board of nursing complaint can be filed by anyone. Regardless of who files the… Learn More
If you’re in the field of nursing, then there is the possibility that one day you may have a complaint filed against you. The process can be very intimidating. All sorts of questions may arise, but few are likely to be as pressing as questions regarding the legal implications of a complaint against your license. Let’s take a look at what kinds of legal outcomes may result from a nursing investigation. The Complaint Process Before we explain possible legal ramifications, let’s briefly recap what occurs during the complaint process itself, so that legal or criminal consequences are given a contextual… Learn More
Whether or not you are currently dealing with a complaint in nursing, it’s in your best interest to be as prepared as possible in case you find yourself under investigation. Along with having a clear sense for who MAY BE vulnerable to complaints, and how best to respond to and handle a letter of investigation, understanding why your state board of nursing exists and why they are there, is quite valuable. Today we’ll cover what a state board of nursing is, its roles, applications, their implications, and why being aware of them from the very start of your nursing career… Learn More
In the same way a hard credit check can negatively affect your credit score, so can a nursing complaint put a blemish on your credibility as a licensed and practicing nurse. This reality can be stressful, especially for those who have never had to deal with complaints in nursing. If you are currently facing a complaint against your license, are anticipating that you might, or simply want to be prepared if ever you do, it’s ultimately valuable to have a sense of the process of responding to a complaint and the consequences of a nursing complaint. Knowing potential outcomes and… Learn More