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Running head: ETHICAL AND LEGAL ISSUES ASSIGNMENT 1 Ethical and Legal Issues Assignment Veronica Burgos-Rojas Kaplan University
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ETHICAL AND LEGAL ISSUES ASSIGNMENT 2 Part I It is always important to follow doctor’s orders. In the New Jersey case of Szczuvelek v. Harborside Healthcare Woods Edge, that is exactly what nurses failed to do. Nurses at Harborside Healthcare Woods Edge failed to follow the hospital medical order for patient Eugene Burns stating that he be suctioned every four hours. Not only that but they also failed to follow the nursing home orders that required healthcare personnel to "suction Q shift and PRN." Burns had to be suctioned because on February 1999 he had been admitted to Robert Wood Johnson Hospital in New Jersey for treatment of an aneurysm. During that surgery a tracheotomy tube had to be inserted which left him unable to speak. On April 13, 1999, after two months of being in the hospital he was transferred to the nursing facility for rehabilitation. On that same day the hospital issued their medical orders; and on the 14th the nursing home issued theirs. On April 15, 1999, Burns’ close friend Steve Szczuvelek went to visit him at the nursing home. During that visit Burns passed him a note stating “Steve, you have to get me out of here. They're going to kill me. They left me in my own waste for three hours. They won't suction me. Please get me out of here. And I need to be suctioned now” (Nurses Refuse, 2005). Szczuvelek tried to get his friend help by pushing the nurse call light with no luck. So after an hour of waiting he went looking for a nurse and came across one who directed him to a social worker in a conference room. He showed the social worker the note that his friend passed him and she responded that someone would be in to help him. As he made his way back to the room he noticed another nurse on the floor so he asked her if she could please suction him and she replied that she just did. But Szczuvelek knew it was a lie since he had just left the room, so he
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