Can nurses refuse to work overtime in Texas?

 

As many Houston workers are likely all too aware, gone are the days when
one could expect to work just eight hours in a day. Nowadays, those in
certain industries, especially healthcare, routinely put in extremely
long days in the interests of those they serve. Nurses, for example, often
work 12-hour shifts, but overtime can cause overworked nurses to make
life-threatening mistakes or exhibit nursing negligence. How has the State
of Texas addressed the issue of fatigued nurses?
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Nurse practitioners can be held accountable for damaging errors

 

When a pregnant woman goes to the doctor in Houston, she may or may not
be seen by an actual doctor. In many cases, patients may be seen by nurse
practitioners instead of licensed physicians. In other cases, patients
may first spend time with a nurse practitioner, or NP, and then may also
be seen by a doctor for a shorter period of time. If these types of medical
personnel make serious or life-threatening mistakes, can they be held
accountable?
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Hospital negligence: More than just doctor mistakes

 

In recent years Texas has built a reputation as an economically forward-thinking
state, with industries such as technology and healthcare bringing valuable
services to many. Healthcare in particular provides jobs to countless
residents of Houston and area facilities often boast stellar reputations.
Still, incidents of negligence still occur in Texas hospitals. What some
patients may not realize is that hospital negligence may not always be
the fault of doctors.
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Cruise ships may soon be held accountable for nursing negligence

 

As a coastal state next to the Gulf of Mexico, Texas sees its fair share
of tourists. Cruise ships are not an uncommon sight along the coast south
of Houston, and many city residents are likely to spend their vacation
time on the water. Of course, as with any vacation destination, a cruise
ship is not immune from accidents, illnesses, or other travel-related
problems. Recently, though, a federal court indicated cruise ships may
no longer enjoy immunity from certain legal actions stemming from those
incidents.
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Nursing negligence vs. medical malpractice

 

Many expecting mothers and their families carefully choose their OB/GYN,
often long before the due date is even put down on the calendar. Patients
will look at a physician’s reviews, reputation in the community and
any past personal experiences with the doctor before making any final
decisions. What some patients may not realize is that nursing care and
delivery room staff are often just as important as the doctor when it
comes to delivering a baby safely.
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Texas sues nursing home after allegations of negligence

 

At some point, families of aging loved ones must eventually confront the
question of whether or not to place a senior in a nursing home. When someone
reaches the point when he or she can no longer care for himself or herself,
most families will carefully consider assisted living facilities and nursing
homes as possible options. Whatever facility they decide to go with, it
is almost always one that they believe they can trust to offer their loved
ones proper, thorough care.
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