Since expanded responsibility portends increased liability, a thorough understanding of the law must be achieved for nurses' rights to be adequately protected and for nurses to be held properly accountable for their legal obligations. This work examines the legal rights, responsibilities, and particularly the potential legal liability of the nurse, in the contexts of modem nursing practice and current statutes and case law. The work focuses on one major aspect of the nurse's legal liability -the tort, or civil wrong, of negligence.
Frank J. Cavico and Nancy M. Cavico,
The Nursing Profession in the 1990's: Negligence and Malpractice Liability,
43 Clev. St. L. Rev.
available at http://engagedscholarship.csuohio.edu/clevstlrev/vol43/iss4/3