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Ch 2: Legal Aspects of Nursing

About This Chapter

Understanding legal aspects of nursing is important if you want to have a thorough knowledge of the nursing field. Use this chapter's resources to master topics such as patient rights, legal liability for nurses and credential requirements.

Legal Aspects of Nursing - Chapter Summary

The collection of lessons in this chapter will be useful to you in your nursing studies, covering professional licensure, patient protection and legal issues that arise in nursing. The topics you will be studying include the following:

  • ANA Standards of Care
  • Legal issues within nursing such as civil and criminal laws
  • Topics involving nursing licensure, such as grounds for revocation
  • Areas of liability in nursing
  • Cases related to crime and nursing
  • Patient's Bill of Rights
  • How advance directives affect nursing professionals

You have the chance to test your knowledge with the short multiple-choice quizzes. We also have a chapter test that covers the material that is covered in the entire chapter. Not only will the lesson quizzes and chapter test give you immediate feedback, they can be taken as many times as you wish.

7 Lessons in Chapter 2: Legal Aspects of Nursing
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Understanding Nurse Practice Acts: Definition and Impact

1. Understanding Nurse Practice Acts: Definition and Impact

This lesson gives an overview of Nurse Practice Acts. It takes a short look at the history leading up to enactment of Nurse Practice Acts, defines Nurse Practice Acts, and Boards of Nursing.

Legal Issues in Nursing: Concepts and Terms

2. Legal Issues in Nursing: Concepts and Terms

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.

Nursing Licensure: Legal Requirements, Revocation, Suspension, and Credentialing

3. Nursing Licensure: Legal Requirements, Revocation, Suspension, and Credentialing

So you are interested in becoming a nurse. A nursing license is an important required credential for the job. In this lesson, we will discuss the legal requirements, revocation, suspension, and credentialing for nurse licensure.

Legal Liability in Nursing: Areas of Liability

4. Legal Liability in Nursing: Areas of Liability

Nurses can be held legally liable for a variety of reasons. This lesson explains legal liability, negligence and malpractice. It also explores specific areas of nursing liability.

Nursing-Related Crimes: Felonies and Misdemeanors

5. Nursing-Related Crimes: Felonies and Misdemeanors

Nurses can be prosecuted for intentional crimes committed on the job, such as murder and theft. Nurses can also be prosecuted for negligent behavior. This lesson explains both felonies and misdemeanors nurses can commit.

Patient Protection Measures: Patient's Bill of Rights, Good Samaritan Laws & Informed Consent

6. Patient Protection Measures: Patient's Bill of Rights, Good Samaritan Laws & Informed Consent

In this lesson, you will learn about three patient protection measures: Patient's Bill of Rights, Good Samaritan laws, and informed consent. It's a good idea to learn about your rights before something happens. It may not be as cut and dried as you think.

Advance Directives for Health Care: A Guide for Nurses

7. Advance Directives for Health Care: A Guide for Nurses

This lesson covers what the nurse needs to know about a patient's Advance Directive. Learn what it is, where it comes from, what it includes, who can witness the patient signing it, and more.

Chapter Practice Exam
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Practice Final Exam
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