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How can you protect your professional license?

No matter who you are, you had to work hard to obtain a nursing license. Now, you don't want to worry about it, but there is always the risk of that license being taken away.

To avoid losing your license, there are a few things you can do. For example, having good communication makes a major difference in the risk of a claim against you. Breakdowns in communication are well-known to cause problems that lead to patient injuries, so do your best to stay connected and informed.

Another thing you should always do is follow the hospital's or facility's protocols. Yes, it might be easier to cut corners or to skip certain steps, but they are there for a reason. If you don't proceed cautiously, you could find yourself at the center of a medical malpractice lawsuit.

One of the best tips anyone can give you is to act as if your supervisor is always watching. No one likes feeling as though they're always being monitored, but the reality is that everyone works harder and with more precision when they think they're being judged by a superior or another party. If you can remember that every action you make is judged whether someone is there or not, you'll become a better caregiver.

If you do make a mistake, it's wise to speak carefully to those around you. You want to make sure the mistake is corrected, which could help you save face and prevent yourself from facing a lawsuit from an unhappy patient or their families. Our site has more on this important topic.

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