Lesson 1, Topic 1
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Negligence

July 10, 2022

Negligence refers to the absence of due care. Nurses and unlicensed assistive personnel may be charged with negligence. Professional level accountability and judgment are not required elements to establish negligence (see Figure 2-1). Negligence refers to the failure to act in a manner demonstrating the care and knowledge any prudent individual would. Examples of negligence may include medication errors, patient falls, use of restraints, and equipment injuries (Motacki and Burke, 2011). An example of negligence can be found in Box 2-2.