Lancaster, PA asked in Legal Malpractice, Personal Injury and Medical Malpractice for Pennsylvania

Q: legal liability of a clinical nurse instructor who deems a nurse competent but the nurse causes bodily harm to a patient

Clinical nurse instructor deems a nurse is competent to do a skill after watching the nurse perform the "skill" on a mannequin. The mannequin does not represent the human anatomy in a realistic manner. The nurse performs the skill on a patient without any over site by the clinical instructor and causes bodily harm and a sentinel event. What, if any, is the legal ramifications for the clinical instructor? Is there case law on this subject?

1 Lawyer Answer
Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing
  • Medical Malpractice Lawyer
  • Wyomissing, PA
  • Licensed in Pennsylvania

A: No case law I'm aware of specific to that particular situation. Much would depend on the procedure to be preformed, the degree of risk, the nature of any supervision. Feel free to call if you have further questions. Yes I'm in Memorial Day.

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