HCS 478 - Health Law and Ethics

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Ethics Case Study

Ethics Case Study

Professional Ethics Paper

Professional Ethics Paper

Legal Case Study

Legal Case Study

Negligence Paper

Negligence Paper

Ethics Game Simulation

Ethics Game Simulation

Legal Considerations Presentation

 Legal Considerations Presentation

Paper & Presentation Requirements

Ethics Case Study for HCS 478 (Health Law and Ethics)

  • Paper is 750 – 1,050 words in length.
  • Paper analyzes an ethical issue in an academic environment.
  • Major points are stated clearly and are supported by specific details, examples, or analysis.
  • Paper includes citations for a minimum of three references.

As health care professionals, you will recognize the significance of the topics being discussed, and the objectives being met. You will deal with informed consent, patient self-determination, and death and dying throughout your health care career. This week will also help prepare you in discussing advance directives with patients and their families, as well as talking or listening to a patient or family member talk about their feelings regarding death and dying.

Professional Ethics Paper for HCS 478

  • Paper is 1,750 -2,500 words in length
  • Paper analyzes an ethical issue in an academic environment.
  • Major points are stated clearly and are supported by specific details, examples, or analysis.
  • Paper includes citations for a minimum of four references

Nurses today are expected to manage rapid changes in technology and advances in healthcare with little or no understanding of the laws and regulations accompanying the changes. Although health care laws and regulations may be outside the control of individual nurses, the potential for legal consequences associated with these laws and regulations directly affect nurses’ practice. Each nurse can avoid potential legal and professional consequences by understanding his/her accountability and responsibility in relationship to health care laws, regulations, and the state nurse practice act. After all, ignorance of the law is not a valid defense in any legal proceeding such as malpractice and/or licensure matter before a board of nursing. Any discussion related to legal consequences is not complete without considering the importance of professional standards, which set minimum criteria for defining what is a reasonable standard of care. Unless states refer to professional standards in the nurse practice act, professional standards are guidelines, not laws or regulations, for sound nursing practice. Professional standards are the minimal acceptable and prevailing standards of nursing practice, which is critical in all legal and regulatory proceeding.

Legal Case Study (Team Presentation) for HCS 478

The Terri Schiavo case key points examined by your Team:

  • The ethical importance of the case.
  • The ethical principles involved.
  • The legal ramifications.
  • The dilemma of parent versus husband as authority
  • Were ethical principles violated?
  • Impact on standards of practice
  • Impact on future practice

Nothing creates more anxiety for a nurse than being named in a malpractice suit and/or to have a complaint filed against his or her license. Our legal system including licensure requirements evolved from the premise that everyone is responsible for the consequences of his/her own actions.

Most lawsuits brought against nurses fall into the category of civil law known as unintentional tort law, which is an action or omission that harms a patient/client; i.e., negligence. In determining negligence, the courts rely on professional standards and employment policies and procedures to identify how a reasonable nurse would act in a given situation.

A nurse may have a complaint filed against him or her with the board of nursing whether or not they have been named in a malpractice suit. Boards of nursing are mandated by state legislatures to protect the public; therefore any act or omission by a nurse where there is a real or potential danger to the public is grounds for filing a complaint. Fortunately, nurses can limit their vulnerability to legal consequences by practicing defensively.

Legal Considerations Presentation for Health Law and Ethics

  • Describe the malpractice or disciplinary issue
  • Describe how this issue affects appropriate documentation
  • Describe any recently enacted or proposed legislation related to this issue and provides the name of the legislation
  • Identify potential or real legal implications of the issue on nursing practice
  • Describe the Nurse Practice Act position related to issue

Over the past five weeks you have learned the relationships that exist between legal and ethical issues. You have also learned about the accountability and responsibility of the professional nurse. In addition, you have examined ethical theories, and looked at the judicial process, professional standards of care, and malpractice issues, as well as administrative disciplinary actions in Health Law and Ethics. This week you are exposed to legal and ethical cases, and the issues and trends affecting current nursing practice.

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