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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.
Ginny Wacker Guido has been active in legal and ethical issues in nursing for the past 30 years. She developed an interest in this area of nursing when teaching undergraduate nursing students in Houston, Texas, and this excitement for further knowledge and understanding of this content area encouraged her to pursue a doctor of jurisprudence degree. Over the years, she has attended multiple workshops and conferences, updating and expanding her knowledge base regarding both the legal and ethical aspects of nursing practice. Dr Guido also continues to publish and present on legal and ethical issues with special emphasis in a variety of clinical practice settings. She remains active in nursing education and is currently employed as the Regional Director for Nursing and Assistant Dean, College of Nursing, Washington State University Vancouver.
Table of Contents
Part 1: Introduction to the Law and the Judicial Process
Chapter 1: Legal Concepts and the Judicial Process
Chapter 2: Anatomy of a Lawsuit
Part 2: Ethics
Chapter 3: Introduction to Ethics
Chapter 4: Application of Ethics in Nursing Practice Settings
Part 3: Liability Issues
Chapter 5: Standards of Care
Chapter 6: Tort Law
Chapter 7: Nursing Liability: Defenses
Chapter 8: Informed Consent and Patient Self-Determination
Chapter 9: Documentation and Confidentiality
Chapter 10: Professional Liability Insurance
Part 4: Impact of the Law on the Professional Practice of Nursing
Chapter 11: Nurse Practice Acts, Licensure, and the Scope of Practice
Chapter 12: Advanced Nursing Practice Roles
Chapter 13: Corporate Liability Issues and Employment Laws
Chapter 15: Nursing Management and the Nurse-Managers
Chapter 16: Delegation and Supervision
Part 5: Impact of the Law on Nursing in Selected Practice Settings
Chapter 17: Nursing in Acute Care Settings
Chapter 18: Nursing in Ambulatory and Managed Care Settings
Chapter 19: Public and Community Health Care
Chapter 20: Nursing in Long-Term Care Settings