I am starting to see more legal issues, matters, and cases with APRNs in my law practice over the last two years in Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana.
Although the majority of the cases in my license defense practice involve RNs and LPNs, I have several cases involving NPs, CNSs, and CRNAs. I don't currently have any licensure defense cases involve CNMs (I have in the past but not currently).
I am also seeing cases where action was taken against a nurse as RN and this is affecting licensure, credentialing, and privileging as a APRN. I am also seeing more regulatory and licensure non-compliance issues with self-employed NPs and self-employment RNs. I am also becoming more involved in employment contract review and business contracts for APRNs.
Chemical dependency is an issue in nursing in general and also with APRNs and I also have alot of cases involving addiction and licensure with criminal and employment implications.
Do you think APRNs are more aware of the legal risks associated with nursing practice than RNs and LPNs? Do you think APRNs should be more proactive in managing the legal risks than RNs and LPNs?