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Are nurses legally required to offer assistance at accident or emergency sites?

Thursday October 18, 2012
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Dear Donna,

I saw a four-car accident and pulled over to see if a nurse was needed, as the police or paramedics had not arrived yet. Are nurses supposed to stop and help or is it our choice? Or should we just stay out of it?

Good Samaritan

Dear Donna replies:

Dear Good Samaritan,

I referred your question to Nurse.com's legal expert, Nancy Brent, RN, JD. See her response in the Brent's law column http://news.nurse.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2012121016006

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