A New Generation of Nurses Will Require Clinical Teachings to Lessen Medical Error Rates
We carry no doubt that America’s nurses have devoted years to their education in the classroom by experienced instructors lecturing on how to identify illnesses, symptoms and diseases. And they are learning about how different treatments and medications can be used in case studies and textbooks authored by advanced clinical researchers. But unfortunately, most of these nurses will never acquire much situational teaching in clinical settings or practice the application of their learnings before starting their career. This is resulting in poor judgement calls on behalf of patients, and ultimately more malpractice lawsuits.
According to the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN):
- Sixty-five percent of nursing errors can be attributed to poor clinical judgment.
- Only 20 percent of employers are satisfied with the clinical judgment skills of novice nurses.
Also, the Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that nursing will be one of the top growing professions from 2016 to 2026, and it also expects that nearly 1 million nurses will retire by 2030, leaving a concerning void in experience and nursing knowledge.
New Level of Mandatory Testing Set for Nursing Education
Nursing education leaders have been requesting support to meet clinical decision-making challenges into their teachings, but classrooms are yet to be equipped with updated curriculum to allow for it, and exams lack interest in weighing the importance. And as the country ages, nurses are naturally charged by physicians and health systems to do more within their scope of practice, requiring an expansion of the standards previously expected for nurses to meet and qualifications for licensure.
This is not only a professional crisis but also a patient care one. Medical support is only as good as the individuals who provide it. Although NCSBN recently announced plans to launch a new NCLEX exam in 2022, replacing an outdated evaluation of nursing readiness, changes are not happening soon enough.
A new generation of nurses is demanding to be provided better education in practical settings today because too many are not being taught the critical decision-making skills and professional ethics required to secure a patient’s wellbeing. Our medical malpractice attorneys at Levin & Perconti support them.
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If you or a family member are the victims of a medical error of any kind, caused by a nurse with poor decision-making abilities or neglectful practices, please let us fight for you. We can conduct a free, no-obligation analysis of your situation, to reveal your potential reimbursement for the harm caused by medical malpractice while we work on a contingent fee basis. That means that you pay us nothing unless your case comes to a successful resolution, a settlement or verdict in your favor.
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