How to Prevent NP Malpractice Cases

Strategies to Prevent Malpractice Cases Against an NP


  • Be mindful when establishing provider-patient relationships. Whenever an NP provides medical advice, ensure all cautions and standards are being exercised as when in a professional practice setting with a patient.
  • Be aware of established standards of care and work within those standards.
  • If clinical practice guidelines, standard operating procedures, or policy and procedures have been adopted by the practice settings, use them with each patient.
  • If unsure, adopt a conservative approach.
  • Always consider and rule out the most serious conditions first.
  • Practice within your education, training and scope of practice.
  • Ask for help, if needed. Do not be pressured to manage cases outside of your expertise.


From Buppert, C. (2012). Negligence and Malpractice. In Nurse Practitioner’s Business Practice and Legal Guide. (4th Ed.)Jones & Bartlett, Burlington, MA.