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Ethics and Law Ora Witherspoon Walden Institution October 24,2016 Dr. Tappan Law and Ethics Nurses in the past and today are faced with challenging decisions on a day-to-day basis. Nurses must be mindful of ethics and laws that govern our decision making in practice. In Lena’s case, it would be very tempting to go against both laws and ethics in order to protect her sister. When it comes to protecting family members it is a fine line with nurses using ethics and confidentiality because of emotions. Ethical and Lawful Considerations. According to Pennsylvania’s Professional and Vocational Standards act (2015), both registered nurses and nurse practitioners’ have an obligation to all their patients to respect their privacy and dignity. If Lena decided to tell her sister that her boyfriend was HIV- positive this would halt the law due to insulting both the privacy and dignity of the patient. By breaking confidentiality Lena will also be
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