In the clinical area, you may encounter a situation as the one mentioned below. It is of relevance because liability in clinical practice can occur, and it is vital that the nurse take appropriate steps to protect her/his license. Further, in this hypothetical, the chief nursing officer is also a named party on the claim even though she had no direct patient care with the patient (now the plaintiff). Consider how you would proceed in this circumstance. Prompt: In responding to the hypothetical case study, please use at least three evidence-based sources, as this is a scholarly endeavor. You must internally cite and list your sources using correct APA format. The paper must be organized using the questions listed below as subheadings. Begin with an introduction and then proceed with the questions. A conclusion subheading ties the paper together.
Mary Smith, CNO, has just been named in a lawsuit along with two of her registered nurses. The lawsuit arose as a result of a patient’s hip fracture sustained as a result of a fall. The two nurses named in the lawsuit were caring for the plaintiff on the day of the fall. Mary Smith, as CNO, claims that she had no involvement with the care that was provided to the patient and cannot fathom that she is also a named party on the claim. The lawsuit alleges negligence and seeks unspecified damages from all three nurses named. Discuss the following issues as they pertain to this case:
1. How does liability extend to the CNO?
2. What defenses are available to the CNO? In other words, what evidence can the CNO put forth to show that she should be dropped from the suit?
3. None of the nurses, including the CNO, have liability insurance. Is this a concern?
Why or why not? Guidelines for Submission: The short paper should follow these formatting guidelines: 2–4 pages in length, double spacing, 12-point Times New Roman font, one-inch margins, and citations in APA format (use at least three evidence-based sources).