Nurse Practitioner Behaviors That Can Lead to Allegations of Malpractice

Nurse Practitioners can diagnose, treat and prescribe medications for illnesses and can be held liable for any mistakes they make. Malpractice insurance for nurse practitioners can cover the liabilities that they may face. Here are some practices that may be likely to result in a malpractice claim.

Poor Bedside Manner and Poor Communication

Nurse practitioners who have a poor bedside manner or who make their patients feel as if they don’t care about them can make it difficult for them to communicate with each other. This can lead to a lack of trust which can result in the patient making accusations of malpractice, negligence or unprofessional conduct.

Failure to Obtain Informed Consent

Informed consent can involve explaining the details and risks associated with medical treatments or procedures before they are administered or performed, getting the patient’s confirmation that he understands the details and the risks and getting his permission to perform the procedures. Nurse practitioners who fail to ensure that patients understand procedures and risks associated them may be at risk for accusations of malpractice. Likewise, performing procedures without obtaining patients’ consent or without having proof of consent can also result in accusations of malpractice.

Creating a healthy relationship with your patients that involves trust and open communication can reduce malpractice claims. However, despite the best efforts, malpractice claims can occur and having the right malpractice insurance for nurse practitioners can protect you.