Let's Practice Legally, Knowledgeably and Smartly
Dr. Gloria "Jo" Floyd (Ph.D., RN)
The Nurses Coach
How often do you hear how important it is to practice "smart". Well as we
go along in this millennium it really is important for you to practice with
"wisdom". Don't be caught with your "smarts" and
"wisdom" down. You may be asked to do anything but your thought should be
"Should I"? Many times your answer should be "no". Don't
count on anyone to keep your license safe. Only you can do that.
Therefore, I am going to recommend that you do all of the following with intelligence,
thought, analysis, and the best understanding. Remember these are just my best
thoughts for keeping my license safe. Before you adopt any of them be sure you ask
yourself these questions:
- Are these legal thoughts from this non attorney, legal nurse expert on target?
- Should I stay alert to them to protect my license? and
- What do I need to do related to each to assure my correct, professional and legal
practice of nursing care?
Once you have done all of the above, may I suggest that you practice legally,
knowledgeably and smartly. Thus to avoid medical, legal and risk liability you
- Know and follow your practice act
- Be attuned to all changes in rules and regulations
- Keep an eye out for memos of understanding, interpretations and related between
departments in your state.
- If dumb? Get wisdom first
- Implement fully the plan of care wrap when care giving
- Stop and remember ignorance is not bliss and what you don't know can be held against you
- Check it out if in doubt
- Practice with good professional character
- Understand consents - to what, by whom, when, where and how
- Follow federal laws, rules, etc. such as:
- Throw rocks never
especially when your house is built on a glass foundation
- Stop talking and listen
- Consider that it is not what you say. It is what you do.
- You know contract with patients/clients/families and customers- what is it, and
who made it, and what is in it.
- Use only qualified, competent staff
- . Document, document and document some more
- . Avoid stupid stuff in general including teaching, speaking, counseling,
- . Watch those policies and procedures - they could hang you
- . Look - delegation can't be to just anybody
- . Trust me - EEOC is not a nursery rhyme
- . Go over Supervision 101
- . Assure work place safety - There are nuts out there - in and out of the office
- . Avoid work place hazards
- . Comply with accreditation/licensure standards 24/7/365
- . LEAD LEADER LEAD!
- . Supervise supervisor please!
- . Assess and Reassess everything - then perform accordingly!!
- . Never let the patient/client/family/staff/visitor suffer - injury,
insults, loss, etc.
- . Faster patient/client/staff/visitor/worker satisfaction versus dissatisfaction
- . Prepare your unlicensed assistive workers
- . Secure instruction, orientation and training for every one that needs it including
- . Maintain your highest level of credentials and be sure it is able to be verified.
- . Cover yourself first!
- . Look and act professional everyday
- . AVOID illegal, immoral, and unethical behavior
- . Monitor/maintain your reputation
- . Maintain a code of ethics
- .Use good standards of practice
- .Recognize that your actions speak louder than your words
- .Don't be caught with your guard down
- .Aid and abet no one in wrong doing
- .Assure good outcomes for patients/clients/visitors/customers/etc. when you have
- .Require all to perform professionally all the time
- .Act emotionally mature
- .Speak in a culturally sensitive way
- .Be supportive and therapeutic
- .Stay alert
- .Listen actively everywhere
- .Respond promptly to everyone
- .Use good professional judgment
- .Know the rationale for and perform all care well
- . Keep your patients/clients/visitors/ customers/staff/etc. informed
- . Prevent agency induced infection for all
- . Assure confidentiality is maintained
- . Verify license, registration and/or certification of your workers
- . Administer meds and treatments with finesse
- . Conform to all applicable laws
- . Avoid patient injury and abuse
- . Use care, caution and the right people when making assignments
- . Accept only those assignments you are qualified for
That's it. what can you add. And remember this is my list. Don't
adopt any of it unless you see the relevance for each item for yourself. Study to
make yourself wise. And please nurse, practice legally with knowledge, wisdom and
smarts everyday 24/7/365. Take no wooden nickels! And keep practicing legally!
Smartly! Intelligently! And With Maximal Wisdom!
Dr. Gloria "Jo" Floyd, Ph.D., RN, The Nurses Coach is a
nationally recognized speaker, consultant, author, coach and success and survival
strategist working throughout the united states who resides in San Antonio.
You may contact her by email at DrGloriaJoFloyd@ncehs.com
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