February 2005, Volume 35 Number 2 , p 73 - 73
© 2005 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc. Volume 35(2) February 2005 p 73 Killing with kindness [LEGAL QUESTIONS: REPORTING A COLLEAGUE]
BROOKE, PENNY SIMPSON APRN, MS, JD
One of the nurses working in my unit is what I'd call “old school.” I once saw her take it upon herself to hang a liter of 0.9% sodium chloride solution when she saw that a patient had no fluids running. After a colleague stopped the infusion and told her that the patient could have gone into pulmonary edema, this nurse said that giving a little extra fluid prevents dehydration.
I don't want to get a reputation as a whistle-blower, but I think this nurse is taking dangerous risks. Would I be liable if a patient were harmed and I hadn't spoken up? —M.P., ARIZ.
You can't ignore unsafe behavior. Don't think of yourself as a whistle-blower but as an ...