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Kevin Travis Flint
For legal consultants: Referencing Policies

I have heard that referencing a policy indicates you follow all the procedures outlined by that source.  Does that hold true if the reference is specific to edition, page etc.?

Kevin

lynncrni
First, I am not a legal

First, I am not a legal nurse consultant but am an expert witness - there is a huge difference! When I review legal cases, I definitely look at the hospital/agency policies and procedures that are applicable to the case.

Perhaps I don't understand your question. What do you mean by "referencing a policy"? ARe you referring to your documentation in the medical record or something else?

In any legal case, the expert will pull all the documents that are appropriate at the time of the incident. If something is written as a policy, it should be considered non-modifiable and nonnegotiable and must be followed as it is written. No nurse or physician can change this policy for any given patient situation. That is why we should be very careful as to what is written in policy.  

Are you referring to a published book of procedures? These books do not include policy statements as only your facility can determine what the policy will be, but the step-by-step procedure can be taken from a published book.  

Lynn Hadaway, M.Ed., RN, BC, CRNI

www.hadawayassociates.com

Lynn Hadaway, M.Ed., NPD-BC, CRNI

Lynn Hadaway Associates, Inc.

PO Box 10

Milner, GA 30257

Website http://www.hadawayassociates.com

Office Phone 770-358-7861

Kevin Travis Flint
When writing a policy should

When writing a policy should I reference the sources used i.e., INS?

Kevin

lynncrni
Yes, I think this is

Yes, I think this is important information. You should include all details of the reference in the same manner as you would if publishing an article. Lynn 

 

Lynn Hadaway, M.Ed., RN, BC, CRNI

www.hadawayassociates.com

Lynn Hadaway, M.Ed., NPD-BC, CRNI

Lynn Hadaway Associates, Inc.

PO Box 10

Milner, GA 30257

Website http://www.hadawayassociates.com

Office Phone 770-358-7861

Kevin Travis Flint
Thanks Lynn.
Thanks Lynn.
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