Depositions: What NPs need to know

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An NP's risk of being named in a lawsuit is determined by many factors. Practice area, demographic factors (such as age, gender, geographic location, state of residence), level of education, physician collaboration status, prescribing authority, years in practice, and employment status all affect one's risk.1
Some interesting findings from a recent claim study include:
The fear of malpractice lawsuits far exceeds the reality for most nurses, even those in advanced practice roles. Most nurses and NPs will go through their entire careers without being named in a complaint. When it does occur, however, the legal system can be confusing and stressful. Adequate preparation is essential to maximize the chance of a good outcome and reduce the anxiety associated with the process. This article discusses one component of the legal process: the deposition.
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