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 - 2004
Externally publishedYes


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

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics
  • Critical Care
  • Maternity and Midwifery


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