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Properly documenting patient encounters is both a legal and professional requirement. It is an essential component of safe patient care and an important piece of any medical-legal proceeding. Documentation has always been considered a critical nursing fundamental, but it has taken on increased importance in today’s ever-changing healthcare landscape. Learn about the importance and legal utility of documentation.
Madeline Hall, BA (first-class honours), J.D., is a Legal Advisor with the Canadian Nurses Protective Society, a not-for-profit organization created to meet the professional liability needs of nurses.
Madeline has experience in a wide variety of areas within health law, including medical defence, professional liability, privacy, and professional discipline matters. Madeline has appeared before the Ontario Superior Court of Justice, the Ontario Court of Appeal, the Ontario Small Claims Court, the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario, the Health Professions Appeal and Review Board, and the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal. Prior to joining the CNPS, Madeline was an associate at a large national law firm where she practiced civil litigation exclusively in the area of medical defence. In 2017, Madeline took a nine-month hiatus from Canadian law and moved to Washington, D.C., where she volunteered for a disability rights law firm. There she lobbied congressmen and women alongside nation-wide stakeholders regarding health care bills, and worked on class action lawsuits on behalf of persons with disabilities.