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Nobody is perfect. This is a difficult reality for many to accept, but a person’s imperfections are a key factor in shaping their identity as they contribute to their personal growth by learning from the mistakes they make throughout their life. Mistakes in one’s career are no exception and can have varying degrees of consequences, especially in a career involving the care of another human being. The potential consequences for those working in the medical field can be considered some of the most extreme as medical personnel’s actions directly affect the lives of those who they are caring for.

Educational requirements, authority and responsibility in the workplace, compensation, and legal standards are just a few of the many differentiating factors that exist between doctors and nurses in the United States. However, doctors and nurses share the same goal of caring for the patient and need to work in conjunction with each other to be successful. Caring for another human being during the worst time of his/her life can create high-pressure and emotional environments, requiring those in the medical field to persevere and effectively navigate in order to provide adequate care.

This is exemplified in State of Tennessee v. RaDonda Vaught, where nurse RaDonda Vaught made a mistake at work by accidentally giving her patient the wrong medication.


This comment appears in the online supplement to Volume 49, Issue 3 of University of Dayton Law Review.

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