Key Players in Nursing Home Litigation: Nursing Staff

Staff account for nearly two-thirds of all employees in nursing homes. This is because federal law requires that nursing homes possess adequate nursing staff to provide proper care for residents. Nursing homes employ three categories of nurses. Each serves a particular purpose and has certain qualifications. The first category are Registered Nurses (“RN”) who must possess degrees from an accredited …

Key Players in Nursing Home Litigation: Medical Director

Federal law requires each nursing home to appoint a physician as medical director. The medical director possesses the power to draft and implement resident care policies. The medical director is also responsible for ensuring that the facility abides by its standard of care for all residents. Developing a resident care policy is a complex process. For example, the medical director …