LEGAL QUESTIONS: Location, location, location

August 2004 
Volume 34  Number 8
Pages 28 - 29
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© 2004 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc. Volume 34(8)             August 2004             p 28–29 Location, location, location [LEGAL QUESTIONS: STANDARD OF CARE]


Does a true, national standard of nursing care exist? Or does that “standard” actually vary somewhat, depending on where you practice and who's on the state board of nursing? I'm wondering if a nurse could be held to one standard in one state and a different standard for the same procedure in another state .—E.M., CALIF.

A national standard of nursing care does exist, but so does the “locality rule,” which recognizes differing standards across our country. This means that small rural hospitals can't be held to the same standard as large urban medical centers. Nurses' roles and responsibilities may differ, depending on the size and location ...

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