Ask any nurse for stories about dealing with doctors, and you will hear that American hospitals and other health care institutions have a long way to go before civility and teamwork rule the day. Why is that a malpractice prevention issue?
Nurses have a vital role as a check and balance to catch mistakes and oversights by doctors that could lead to tragic malpractice injuries. But a typical example, when a nurse quietly questions a doctor's order for a medication that the nurse doesn't think appropriate, is to hear the doctor say: "When you get an MD after your name, you can question what I order."
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