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Legal Risks in Nursing Documentation – Use Extreme Caution When Skimming the Facts
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The nurse was so busy that day. You know how it goes... She didn’t even have time to eat.

It was the day shift and there was a flurry of orders coming in and some were being changed soon after. She had to admit, it was difficult to keep up. She doesn’t recall all the details, but she does remember how scared she felt when the family came in complaining, questioning every medication and treatment she was administering, and fishing through the trash can for discarded “evidence”. Then they asked to speak with patient relations. It was another 2 years before she was called into a lawyer’s office to discuss the care she provided that day.

It is no secret there is an intimate connection between what we chart, how we care for patients, and patient outcomes. What is that connection? How does what you chart - or don’t chart - about a patient become the facts in a nursing malpractice case? Mistakes and near misses happen often. You know there is only so much you can do in a shift. Rosale Lobo PhD, RN, LNCC, will give you expert tips on how to decrease the legal risks that nurses all too often encounter.

Rosale Lobo, PhD, MSN, RN, CNS, LNCC, Adjunct Professor, Southern Connecticut State University

Rosale Lobo, PHD, MSN, RN, CNS, LNCC, has 30 years of combined experience as a direct care nurse, faculty, administrator, and legal nurse consultant. Rosale is a staff nurse at a large teaching hospital in Connecticut and serves as clinical faculty at Southern Connecticut State University. She began working with attorneys in North Carolina and expanded her independent legal nurse consulting practice to New York, Georgia, Colorado, and Connecticut. Plaintiff medical malpractice attorneys have utilized her expertise as both an expert witness and a "behind-the-scenes" consultant.

Rosale is a BSN graduate from Long Island University, earned her master's degree from Hunter College with magna cum laude distinction and her PhD from Walden University, focusing her dissertation research on Nursing Documentation. Rosale is the author of Guilty or Innocent: Protecting Your License Through Proper Nursing Documentation (PHC Publishing Group, 2012). She is a member of the American Nurses Association, American Association of Legal Nurse Consultants, past educational board member for the Connecticut Association of Legal Nurse Consultants, and the American Society of Public Administration.

Speaker Disclosures: 

Financial:  Rosale Lobo is an Adjunct Clinical Faculty for Southern Connecticut State University and Gateway Community College. She receives royalties as an author for PESI Publishing & Media. Ms. Lobo receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Non-financial:  Rosale Lobo has no relevant non-financial relationship to disclose.  


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