Tips To Protect Your Nursing License During COVID-19

On August 26, 2020, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution (AJC) released an article authored by AJC journalist Rose Kennedy, and it features Attorney Hahnah Williams, Esq, RN who addresses some key steps nurses can take to protect their nursing licenses during the COVID-19 pandemic.  Specifically, Ms. Williams suggests that nurses:  Recognize that Georgia is a mandatory reporting state meaning that state law requires certain nurses and employers of nurses to report the names any nurse to the Board if…

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National Nurse Attorney Association Releases COVID-19 Paper in Support of Healthcare Professionals

On today, The American Association of Nurse Attorneys (“TAANA”) released a COVID-19 Position Paper in support of frontline healthcare professionals.  The Paper was authored by TAANA members Hahnah Williams, Esq, RN, Paula Grant, RN, JD, and Kimberly Kent, RN, JD.  TAANA is a national organization whose members practice in academia, private law practice, as litigators…

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Joint Commission Supports the Use of Facemasks Brought from Home Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

On today, the Joint Commission issued a statement supporting the use of personal facemasks and/or N95 respirators when healthcare organizations cannot provide healthcare workers access to protective equipment “that is commensurate with the risk health care workers are exposed to amid the COVID-19 pandemic.” As the nation’s oldest and largest accrediting body in healthcare, the…

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Nurse Sues Illinois Hospital Alleging She Was Fired After Warning About COVID-19 Masks

On March 23, 2020, Lauri Mazurkiewicz, an Illinois nurse, filed a lawsuit against Northwestern Memorial Hospital.  According to the complaint, the nurse claims that she was fired for informing coworkers that the Particulate Respirator N95 masks are more effective for preventing healthcare workers from contracting COVID-19 than the facemasks provided by the hospital. The complaint…

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Individual Malpractice Insurance

It is true that a patient can sue the hospital and individual healthcare professionals in a medical malpractice lawsuit to obtain the maximum amount from multiple insurance policies.  However, a healthcare professional’s individual insurance policy is not public information. Therefore, the patient will not become aware of the individual insurance policy until after the healthcare…

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Purchasing Insurance For License Complaints

I highly recommend that you purchase individual insurance with license protection benefits.  Most employer policies only cover professional negligence claims resulting from care that the nurse provides at the employer’s facility.  Employer policies typically DO NOT provide license protection benefits. For example, Nurse Tommy performed several dressing changes on Patient X while the patient was…

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