A nurse is a certified health care professional responsible for the well-being and health of the patient’s under their care. A nurse’s role is crucial to the safety of a patient. Nurses have the skills and training necessary to monitor a patient, administer an injection and evaluate a fetal monitor. Oftentimes patients are educated by nurses prior to being released from the hospital. Nurses are required to deliver a certain level of care in numerous settings, such as outpatient clinics, hospitals and nursing homes. Unfortunately, there are mistakes and errors made. These mistakes can lead to serious consequences such as brain injury, birth injury, spinal injury and in the worst cases death.
A registered nurse shortage exists in the U.S. In some areas, nurses are underpaid and overworked. In several situations, hospitals have mandated overtime for nurses. As a result of the shortage, many hospitals have begun hiring unqualified, unregistered nurses to overcome the shortage. Unfortunately, the New York Medical Malpractice Lawyer team at Stephen Bilkis & Associates, PLLC has discovered a direct link between unlicensed nurses and increased nursing mistake. Moreover, these mistakes can also be linked to hospital error as well as doctor mistake.
Medical facilities are plagued with overworked and inadequately trained nurses. Most nursing mistake arises from negligence or carelessness resulting from the staff’s fatigue or inadequate training. Nursing mistake is increasing and may result in serious injury or possibly patient death. According to our New York Injury Lawyer staff at Stephen Bilkis & Associates, PLLC, an average 2000 deaths occur every year caused by a nursing mistake.
Nursing mistake is the inadequate patient treatment by a nurse. In most cases, a lack of physical injury or adverse effects leads to an undiscovered nursing mistake. There are numerous forms of nursing mistake. Our New York Nursing Mistake Lawyer group at Stephen Bilkis & Associates, PLLC has learned administering improper medication dosage is a common type of nursing mistake, along with:
- Medical device Misuse
- Working outside the scope of training
- Administering wrong medication
- Documentation failure
- Patient reporting failure
- Failure to provide vital care
Most instances of nursing mistake arise from understaffed clinics and hospitals. At other times nursing mistake arises from nurses required to work in an unfamiliar department. Nursing mistake also originates from the improper use of medical devices or inadequate training. In any of the above cases, the mistake can lead to serious injury and wrongful death.
When nurses correctly perform their jobs, they deliver a substantial service to patients. They transfer vital information from the patient to the doctor. They prepare regulate medication, patients for surgery, educate the patient and monitor vital signs. According to our New York Nursing Mistake Lawyer group, when nurses are negligent, their careless acts cannot be fixed.
If you or someone you love is suffering from a nursing mistake, contact our New York Medical Malpractice Lawyer team with Stephen Bilkis & Associates, PLLC for a free initial case evaluation. Please call us at 1.800.NY.NY.LAW, online or contact one of our New York City offices in Manhattan, Staten Island, Queens, the Bronx or Brooklyn, our New York office in Westchester County or one of our Long Island offices in Nassau County or Suffolk County.