A nurse working in the intensive care unit administers 100 mg of diazepam I.V. as ordered by the new resident. Although she checks on the patient often and records her findings, the patient dies of respiratory arrest. This is an example of which category of error?
a. Failure to assess and monitor.
b. Failure to act as patient advocate.
c. Failure to use equipment properly.
d. Failure to document.
Correct answer: b. By not questioning the excessive amount of diazepam, Jennifer failed to advocate for her patient.
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