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Chou H.-J.,Fooyin University | Cheng Y.-C.,Veteran General Hospital Taichung | Chang H.-W.,Dajja Lees General Hospital | Su L.-J.,Hungkuang University
Journal of Nursing and Healthcare Research | Year: 2010

Background: Injury to clients or client death while under a nurse's care makes the nurse an easy target for client family-sponsored legal disputes, which may result in formal lawsuits being filed. Purpose: This research was designed to understand the underlying causes of nursing practice disputes. Methods: This study used a qualitative design that utilized secondary analysis, and court cases related to nursing practice disputes retrieved from the database "Law and Regulations Retrieving System, The Judicial Yuan of the Republic of China". The 61 cases used in this study involved 108 nurses. Researchers used content analysis to classify and induce nursing practice dispute factors. Result: We identified four nursing practice dispute factor themes. These included: (1) Mistakes in nursing care behavior; (2) Mistakes in medical auxiliary behavior; (3) Exceeding nursing practice scope; and (4) Mistakes in administrative practice. Conclusions / Implications for practice: Findings may assist clinical nurses to be more vigilant in order to prevent nursing practice disputes, inform clinical nursing administrative personnel about law-related nursing education courses, and enhance both nursing care quality and patient safety.

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