What is an Incident Report

Daisy Jane Antipuesto RN MN

Currently a Nursing Local Board Examination Reviewer. Subjects handled are Pediatric, Obstetric and Psychiatric Nursing. Previous work experiences include: Clinical instructor/lecturer, clinical coordinator (Level II), caregiver instructor/lecturer, NC2 examination reviewer and staff/clinic nurse. Areas of specialization: Emergency room, Orthopedic Ward and Delivery Room. Also an IELTS passer.

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2 Responses

  1. John RN, MD says:

    @ Karen,

    As what was stated, an incident report is a factual account of what transpired based on the nurse's use of senses.

    The Physician, being the primary care provider of the Patient, is entitled to request a factual account of what happened to his patient.

    Not being biased, but try to understand that the patient was brought under the care of the physician, and the physician, trusting the Hospital(where the nurse works for)has the right to know what care is being provided by the nurses, who are tasked in caring for his patient.

    As the nurses' notes are legal documents, so is the physician's order's sheet. Ever since the implementation of the Medical Malpractice Act, pushed by Koreena Sanchez and then Congressman Ted Failon, physicians are careful on what actions are taken on their patients and as such would demand the same care to be given by their " alter ego" aka Nurses.

    So is it ok for a physician to order a nurse to make an incident report on his Physician's order sheet? Yes, it is ok. Unless hospital policy dictates otherwise.

  2. Karen. RN says:

    Good day,

    Regarding this article, i would like to ask if who are the right person to ask a Nursing service personnel to make an incident report..

    Does a doctor can directly tell you to make an incident report, and is it proper to a doctor to right at his side notes at the doctors order that the concerning person should make an incident report.. Could you pls give me a legal procedures for this because in where im working it seems that we are being abuse by a doctor in things such as this.. Ill be very happy you can help me on this so we nurses can protect our rights..