For courses in nursing ethics and law in nursing programs at all levels.
Fully updated, revised, and expanded, the new edition of Legal and Ethical Issues in Nursing reflects current and emerging influences of the law, legal issues, and ethical issues on nursing practice. It addresses the expanding autonomous roles of nurses at all levels of education and licensure, and in all settings. It also reflects innovative health care delivery models, as well as new federal and state laws, including the ACA. This edition’s new ethical scenarios more realistically integrate ethics with personal legal accountability, and encourage deeper reflection on connections between law and ethics. Popular features from previous editions are retained, including chapter previews, objectives, key terms, application exercises, guidelines, chapter summaries, and “You Be the Judge” features at the end of each chapter.
Promotes more effective and efficient learning. Contains provenpedagogical features including chapter previews, objectives, key terms, application exercises, guidelines, chapter summaries, and “You Be the Judge” features concluding each chapter.
Helps students tightly link legal content to nursing practice. Presents key legal content where it is most relevant, with easy-to-follow chapter references to deeper insights wherever appropriate.
Prepares students to act as expert witnesses if necessary. Emphasizes the nurse’s role as an expert witness in defining professional standards of care and major legal doctrines and rules that underlie the practice of professional nursing.
Prepares students to handle both legal and ethical issues. Demonstrates that ethical aspects of nursing often confront nurses in practice settings; thoroughly reviews ethical theories and principles; fully describes contemporary health care ethics committees; and addresses issues ranging from moral distress to advocacy.
Helps nurses clearly understand liability issues and risks in all clinical practice areas. Contains thorough and up-to-date chapters on standards of care; negligence, malpractice, and tort law; defenses to tort law; informed consent and patient self-determination; documentation and confidentiality; and professional liability insurance.
Helps nurses understand how they are affected by nurse practice acts. Clarifies the scope and limitations of nursing practice.
Prepares nurses for the legal challenges associated with management and supervision. Explains employment and federal laws that confront nursing, the role of the nurse manager, and laws pertaining to delegation, supervision, and advocacy.
Helps nurses apply the law in their individual practice settings. Covers specific legal issues arising in acute care settings, ambulatory and managed health care, public and community health settings, and long-term and home health care.