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Nursing malpractice happens when a nurse does not fulfill duties in a way that a normally competent nurse in the same situation would -- and that negligence injures the patient. As in medical malpractice, however, not every mistake or mishap rises to the level of negligence.
If a nurse commits malpractice while caring for a patient, hospitals are often (but not always) on the hook. A hospital may be legally and financially responsible for a nurse's negligence if:
An attending doctor may also be responsible for the nurse's actions if:
To learn more about what types of actions constitute nursing negligence, and when the hospital or attending doctor is responsible, see Nolo's article Nursing Malpractice.