A primary care provider prescribes one tablet, but the nurse accidentally administers two. Afternotifying the primary care provider, the nurse monitors the client carefully for untoward effects of whichthere are none. Is the client likely to be successful in suing the nurse for malpractice
?a. No, because the client was not harmed
.b. No, because the nurse notified the physician
.c. Yes, because a breach of duty exists.
d. Yes, because foreseeability is present.
a.Rationale: All elements such as duty, foreseeability, causation, harm/injury,and damages much be present for malpractice to be proven. The nurse is alicensed professional responsible for individual actions. Notifying the primary careprovider does not exempt the nurse from liability. Since it is apparent the standardof practice was not performed, a breach of duty does exist. Violation/ omission ofthe standard of practice resulted in an excessive dosage. Therefore, foreseeabilityis present; however, no harm occurred to the client.