Many people in Oregon would agree that nurses are often the unsung heroes of the medical field. They are responsible for the day-to-day care of the patients in the nation's hospitals. Nurses often do more to improve a patient's health than any other person with whom they come into contact. This also means, however, that more chances exist for nursing errors to occur that can be just as life-threatening as mistakes made by doctors.
One of the primary duties of a nurse is to monitor patients. It is their job to make sure that a doctor's orders are carried out and patients are safe. For example, it is a nurse's responsibility to ensure that patients do not fall out of bed. Some patients are at a high risk for this, and if they are not being properly monitored, the results could be catastrophic. Furthermore, if medications are not dispensed properly, a patient could suffer an adverse reaction that could put his or her life in jeopardy.
Few people would argue that nurses are often the busiest people in a hospital, but that does not mean that they should not timely answer calls from patients. Despite their workload, they are responsible for following the hospital's procedures and policies when it comes to patient care. A lapse in this area could cause a patient to suffer serious or fatal injuries.
If you or a person you love suffered harm due to nursing errors such as these or others, it would be in your best interest to contact an Oregon attorney as soon as possible. Where it is true that nurses are only human, that does not release them from liability when they make mistakes. A review of your circumstances could reveal that the filing of a medical malpractice claim would be appropriate.