Because of statute of limitation, you could be named in a lawsuit long after your last interaction with a patient. Protect yourself by completely and accurately documenting patient interactions when they occur.
Source: Arizona Nurses Association. (2019). What Nurses Need to Know About Statutes of Limitations. Arizona Nurse, 9.
ANA's Principles for Nursing Documentation
Clear, accurate, and accessible documentation is an essential element of safe, quality, evidence-based nursing practice.
Nurses practice across settings at position levels from the bedside to the administrative office; the registered nurse and the advanced practice registered nurse are responsible and accountable for the nursing documentation that is used throughout an organization.
ANA’s Principles for Nursing Documentation: Guidance for Registered Nurses, a complete update of the 2005 edition, identifies six essential principles and offers recommendations to guide registered nurses in this necessary and integral aspect of their work in all roles and settings. Get your copy
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