Negligence and malpractice continue to be major causes of action brought against nursing staff members and are often the result of not adhering to quality and safety standards. Nurse managers need to be sure staff are following standards of care, documenting and communicating correctly, and accessing and monitoring patients according to policies. Considering this please address the following prompts in your discussion:
- You are the nurse-manager for a skilled nursing facility that will now accept patients requiring long-term ventilator support
- What plan would you put in place to assure that the staff in the facility are educated in the care of ventilators and know how to respond if complications arise?
- Describe a specific part of your plan which reduces risk of negligence or malpractice.
- How will you determine the standard of care in this situation?
Please be sure to validate your opinions and ideas with citations and references.