Malpractice and the neonatal intensive-care nurse

M. Terese Verklan

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    Perinatal nursing has become a specialty vulnerable to litigation, due to parents' high expectations of health care providers' ability to monitor for adverse events and intervene appropriately to prevent harm. When a neonate is injured during the perinatal period, a frequent response is to look for someone to blame. Neonatal nursing is considered a specialty area, requiring specialized knowledge and training. By adhering to recognized and accepted internal and external policies, neonatal nurses will uphold the standard of care set for their area of practice and avoid legal liability.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)116-123
    Number of pages8
    JournalJOGNN - Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic, and Neonatal Nursing
    Issue number1
    StatePublished - Jan 1 2004


    • Hypoglycemia
    • Liability
    • Malpractice
    • Neonatal nursing
    • Resuscitation
    • Standard of care

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Pediatrics
    • Critical Care
    • Maternity and Midwifery


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