Proper Documeant: Article Analysis

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As a nursing student I am taught how to document using special medical terminology, and the importance of documenting, however the article “Stay Out of Court with Proper Documentation” by Sally Austin confirms just how critical it is to be accurate, timely, and unbiased with patient documentation. Proper documentation not only helps keep the patient safe, but just as importantly protects the nurse should a lawsuit occur. Austin’s article defines the legal terms used in the more common lawsuit, negligence, involving nurses and how to avoid them. First, the patient must prove four things in order for a lawsuit to be deemed in their favor: A duty to the patient existed, a breach of duty occurred, the patient was injured, and lastly the injury

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