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  • 1.  Legal assistance

    Posted 08-02-2019 18:46

    A patient asked me about getting support with "legal issues".  I learned that he meant taking some action re: a doctor's office that did not provide information to him about the possibility of the cancer metastasizing.  So, he wants to look into if it is malpractice.  Do you have any suggestions of how to support such patients?


    Warm Regards,


    Jennifer Lewellyn, RN  OCN

    Oncology Nurse Navigator

    Radiation Oncology, Dubs Cancer Center

    Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center

    2825 East Barnett Road

    Medford, Oregon 97504

    (Office: (541) 789-3214  

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  • 2.  RE: Legal assistance

    Posted 08-04-2019 09:07
    That's an awkward position to be in.  You're role (IMHO) is that you facilitate.  Have the patient concact  They have a tremendous number of resources.
    Great question, and can't wait to hear from others!!

    Ann Cuvala, RN, MS, OCN
    Breast Nurse Navigator
    Franciscan Alliance, Olympia Fields, Illinois

  • 3.  RE: Legal assistance

    Posted 08-04-2019 11:37
    I really don't see it as anything but a triage type question. "Sir if you feel you've been mistreated it is always your legal right to seek counsel". You may not a have a particular resource for him but I'm guessing the yellow pages of most any city are just blown up with lawyers in our highly litigious society!

    Jeremiah Davis, BSN, RN, OCN, CRNI, BLS, ACLS
    Registered Nurse Charge Adult Infusion Services
    University Medical Center of El Paso
    El Paso, Texas