Legally speaking…When can you say NO?
Penny S. Brooke APRN, MS, JD

July 2009 
Volume 39  Number 7
Pages 42 - 46
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Brooke, Penny S. APRN, MS, JD

Issue: Volume 39(7), July 2009, p 42–46 Publication Type: [Feature: 1.8 ANCC CONTACT HOURS] Publisher: © 2009 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc. Institution(s): Penny S. Brooke is director of outreach and professor at the University of Utah's College of Nursing in Salt Lake City. Accepting inappropriate responsibilities can have serious legal consequences for you and your career. Learn to identify the situations where saying no is the best policy. The author has disclosed that she has no financial relationship related to this article. Figure. No caption available.

AS A NURSE, accepting responsibilities that are beyond the scope of your license or skill level can have serious consequences for you, your patients, and your nursing career. Your state board of nursing can suspend or revoke your license and fine you if you don't make the right decisions.

Because of understaffing and other pressures, you need to know when (and how) to say no so you can manage ...

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