Ethical issues in nursing: the impact of smartphones on patient care posted march 25, 2016 by brian neese despite hospital policy restrictions, 67 percent of hospitals interviewed in a spyglass consulting group study reported that staff nurses use personal smartphones for clinical communications and workflow. Having seen the level of legal awareness among nursing staff, it would be reasonably safe to conclude that the knowledge of legal responsibilities is integral to the expanding clinical role, and a logical application of the planned, systematic, and focused care, should be the goal of modern nursing. Legal limits of nursing sources of law: statutory law civil criminal common law regulatory law standards of care legal requirements for nursing practice that describes acceptable nursing care.
The rules and regulations enacted by the state board of nursing define the practice of nursing more specifically the american nurses association has developed standards for nursing practice that delineate the scope, function, and role of the nurse and establish clinical practice standards. Analysis of the legal implications of the various nursing actions which would affect the outcome of a lawsuit includes monitoring the patient's condition and reporting changes therein to the physician, failure to communicate pertinent observations to the physician, and inadequate charting of important information. Legal issues the legal implications of nursing practice are tied to licensure, state and federal laws, scope of practice and a public expectation that nurses practice at a high professional standard the nurse's education, license and nursing standard provide the framework by which nurses are expected to practice. Nursing documentation is the primary evidence that a nurse followed the standards of care and provides the nurse with credibility in a malpractice claim this course reviews the legal implications of documentation and common errors found in clinical records.
Legal and ethical issues and ethical aspects within the context of nursing practice potential implications for practice legal guardian or surrogate, any. This lesson will introduce you to the basic legal concepts and terminology of today's professional nursing we'll go over law, jurisprudence, incompetence, liability, negligence, and malpractice. Medscape's legal and professional issues for nurses allows readers to seek general information from carolyn buppert, msn, jd about legal or professional nursing issues, including advanced practice. Nursing education issues a + the national league for nursing is committed to the pursuit of quality nursing education for all types of nursing education programs. With knowledge of the legal and ethical framework and understanding of some of the common, complicated issues that arise, physicians should be better equipped to provide optimal care for nursing home residents.
Legal issues in nursing are often controlled at the state level ethical issues on the other hand are not so clear and are less defined this course focuses on many of the ethical issues facing nurses every day as well as legal considerations that may frame the ethical issues of patient care. Chapter 5 ethical and legal issues in psychiatric/mental health nursing multiple choice 1 in response to a students question regarding choosing a psychiatric specialty, a charge nurse states, mentally ill clients need special care. Individuals of legal age, underage but married, emancipated minor, a parent or legal guardian of minor, spouse, conservators, court ordered, telepone consent, and emergency consents term what is risk management.
Learning objectives 1 define and describe the legal and ethical standards of healthcare and how they relate to nursing 2 explain the implications for nurses for the concepts of false imprisonment, abandonment of care, invasion of privacy, and confidentiality. Safe nursing practice requires understanding the legal framework of health care understanding the legal implications of nursing practice demands critical reasoning skills to protect the patient's rights and the nurse from liability. Legal implications if a nurse does not meet the accepted standards of practice, he or she may be found negligent if his or her negligence caused a patient harm in most litigation, a nurse is accused of violating a standard of care in a negligence lawsuit. Many legal issues focus on nurses' professional negligence, employment, discrimination and licensing nurse practice acts (npas) are laws in each state that are overseen by the state boards of nursing.
Nursing informatics is a booming and vital profession in healthcare it requires a solid knowledge base in nursing and its application to the field of informatics it can be fraught with legal issues as well. Nursing education resources five legal issues in nursing: what every nurse should know all nurses should be familiar with nursing law and ethics and understand how nursing legal issues can affect them. For the nursing profession nurses' legal issues a-z when we receive your paid subscription you will receive a username and password to activate the links below a.
The quality of nursing documentation is an important issue for both patients and nurses obviously quality nursing documentation enhances patient care as this leads to better communication of the issues. Legal and ethical parameters of professional nursing practice essay one 879 words | 4 pages legal and ethical parameters of professional nursing practice essay one professional nurses encounter a variety of legal ethical and bioethical issues on a daily basis. What are the ethical and legal implications what are the ethical and legal implications how can the use of the nurse's personal communication device(s) impact patient care positively and/or negatively. Legal and ethical implications harvesting social media raises legal and ethical issues that must undergo careful consideration and risk assessment before the creation of a collecting program the legal challenges faced involve social media user rights, whereas the ethical challenges concentrate on a larger question: just because we can archive.
Work part-time in more than one healthcare facility as hospitals use temporary nursing agencies to fill positions understanding the basic formats for. Pierce has authored several publications on legal issues related to nursing and has presented on professional nursing practice topics at many professional meetings her special interests include professional education, standards of care, healthcare policy and delivery systems, end-of-life decisions, and litigation services. Nursing legal issues in australia: the nurse practitionert suzie linden-laufer this paper seeks to review the legal and policy trends facing.