Various factors have been found to contribute to an increase in the number of malpractice cases against nurses. For example, as a result of cost-containment efforts, nurses are delegating more of their tasks to unlicensed assistants or to underqualified or inexperienced nurses.
Nurse malpractice is also more likely to occur in situations where patients are prematurely discharged from treatment. In addition, nursing shortages can prompt the hiring of underqualified or inexperienced nurses.
Often, this type of nursing health abuse occurs with elderly care abuse in nursing homes, acute care facilities, and long-term care facilities, but nursing malpractice and abuse can also occur in the home health setting and involves not only elder care abuse but also abuse of pediatric patients with developmental disabilities and special care needs.