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The author is a retired lawyer, instructor and textbook writer.
It is increasingly well documented that some nurses are not taking care of patients because they are instead on their cell phone or tablet at the nurse’s station. Hospitals which employ distracted nurses increasingly face lawsuits.
Case in Point: an elderly patient with a fever of 104.6F went to the ER, was triaged and placed in a room. Her husband and a neighbor were with her. After several hours, the neighbor went to the nursing station where there were six staff members using their cell phones. One staff member told the neighbor, “We’re talking to doctors about patients.”
Then the patient’s husband went to the nursing station where he saw a nurse reading a book on an electronic tablet. A physician admitted the patient 14 hours after she arrived. 4 hours passed before antibiotics were administered to her. The patient developed sepsis and died. The husband sued for medical malpractice and used discovery to obtain cell phone records of all staff involved. The records revealed that none of the staff’s cell phone usage was work-related.
Case # 2: [during cross examination, the attorney introduces posts from the nurse’s personal Facebook page. Says to nurse:]
Attorney: Can you read the highlighted portion?
Nurse: [reading] Oh, wow. Yes. Okay.
Attorney : Can you read it?
Nurse: “After enduring the worst day on duty I’ve had in a while, I just found out my next patient has lice. Freakin’ lice! I didn’t even know they still made those! Help!”
What most distracted nurses do not realize is that if they are reading Facebook or surfing the Internet, all of that can be tracked with date and time, including the nurse’s personal tech devices and the hospital computers.
Whenever an attorney is preparing for a deposition, one of the first things investigated is all social medial posts/pages. These have become gold mines of damaging information to use against nurses in malpractice cases.