The ANA Quadrennial Policy Conference will take place June 20-22, 2007 in Atlanta, Georgia and will discuss the altered standards of nursing care during disasters.
In your opinion, what is the nursing standard of care during a disaster? Remember the nursing standard of care focuses on patient outcomes.
What are the standards of professional performance for nurses during disasters? Remember standards of professional performance focus on the nurse's clinical performance.
This is important because nursing standards of care and standards of professional performance provide a basis for determing the legal standard of care in malpractice and nursing negligence cases and may be utilized by a board of nursing to determine if a licensee practiced in a safe and competent manner in a given situation. This type of information could also be utilized in a criminal proceeding against a nurse depending on the allegations.
I am making plans to attend this conference and I hope to see you there.
For additional information see Legal Aspects of Standards and Guidelines for Clinical Nursing Practice published by the ANA in 1998.