Legal Protection for Nurse Practitioners

Do you ever wonder how you can provide legal protection for your nurse and nurse practitioner license? Are you concerned about malpractice? Do you know how to protect yourself…and if you own your own practice and business…do you know what you need to protect yourself and your business?

Most of us think we do, but we don’t have the entire picture. We are more concerned with caring for our patients.

When we are working, our main concern is providing excellent care for our patients. We see ourselves as advocates for our patients. We want to educate them, make sure they understand any concerns and more.

But…in many practices, caring for our patients means we see a lot of patients. It’s not uncommon to see 20+ patients per day.

NPs (indeed, this is true for all providers) are:

  • rushed to see their patients
  • complete their documentation
  • argue with insurance companies about why Mrs. Smith needs this particular test, medication, or device
  • review all reports that come across our desks
  • respond to emails and phones call
  • and so much more

And get it done in a timely manner… that is if you want to have a life outside of healthcare.

Sounds stressful, doesn’t it?

Now, let’s think about all the legal ramifications, and our stress levels rise up even further. And yet, you know that having a better handle on the legal risks that you (and I) face on a daily basis is a good thing.

On this webinar,  Law & Order for Nurse Practitioners, my guest Lorie Brown, RN, MN, JD gives us golden nuggets of information, so that we know how to protect ourselves when using our GIFTS.

Learn more about Lorie and the program she references here.

This is a topic we need to talk about more. I invite you to leave your thoughts and comments below.

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