Leadership / Delegation Question #14


The nurse is a preceptor for a senior student and the student is asking questions about malpractice and when a nurse may be sued. The preceptor nurse lists which essential elements of malpractice which must be present for this to occur? (Select all that apply)


  1. Poor rapport with client and/or significant others.
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  2. Breach of duty.
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  3. Harm to an individual.
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  4. Harm as a result of breach of duty.
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The elements of malpractice must include harm to the individual, duty of a professional toward an individual, breach of duty by the professional, and cause of harm is the breach of duty. Lack of rapport is not an essential element.

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