Nurses are an important part of a health care system that needs to be well coordinated in order to provide adequate care. When you are hospitalized, you are placed directly under the care of the hospital and its employees - including the nursing staff. Nurses have various responsibilities that include a duty to monitor each patient's condition, record the results of the monitoring in the hospital chart, and call doctors to attend to the patient's needs when appropriate. Most of the time nurses provide excellent care. However, in some cases they may fail to provide treatments that are recognized as standard practice, or they may misinterpret warning signs and fail to recognize medical emergencies and therefore fail to contact the appropriate doctors to respond to the emergency. If you have suffered an injury in the hospital or medical clinic, nursing negligence may have played a role. If this is the case, you may wish to talk with a lawyer who is knowledgeable in this area of the law. Tell the attorney exactly what happened to you, from your first contact with the nurse through the last. How did the nurse treat you? What did the nurse tell you about your treatment? Did you follow your nurse's instructions? Answers to these and other questions become important if you think your nurse may have committed malpractice. Various states have specific statutes governing medical malpractice claims. Certain notice and time requirements may apply to your claim. If you believe that you have suffered injury due to the negligence of the nursing staff, consult with an attorney familiar with medical malpractice law.