A patient complains of chest pain and diaphoresis. The nurse administers oxygen and a nitroglycerin tablet, as ordered by the physician. The nurse then continues her routine without notifying the physician of the patient's condition. The patient then suffers from a myocardial infarction, leaving the nurse liable for which charge?


•Nurses have a duty to communicate with the physician if the patient's situation changes. In this case, the nurse failed to communicate the patient's chest pain with the physician and the patient suffered a negative outcome as a result.

•This failure has resulted in negligence, or the failure to exercise the care that a reasonably prudent person would in similar circumstances.

•Protect from harm requires the nurse to protect patients in a vulnerable state that cannot distinguish harmful situations from harmless.

•Failure to react and Failure to consult are made-up terms

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