RaDonda Vaught appears at a court hearing with her attorney, Peter Strianse, in February. Vaught, a former nurse at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, was charged with reckless homicide after a medication error killed a patient.
Proponents of arbitration say the system is more efficient than going to court for both sides, but arbitration can be costly, too. And a 2009 study showed the typical awards in nursing home cases are about 35 percent lower than the plaintiff would get if the case went to court.
Chief nursing officer Marc Julmisse (in glasses) leads nursing rounds inside the neonatal intensive care unit of the University Hospital in Mirebalais, Haiti.
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