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1 Medication Error Disclosure: Ethics and Legalities Rebecca Goodwin Walden University NURS 6521N, Section 38, Advanced Pharmacology December 8, 2018
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2 Medication Error Disclosure: Ethics and Legalities Medication errors have the potential to cause unending harm to both patients and their families and bring forth severe consequences for the responsible party. Medication errors are preventable and close to 98,000 patients die yearly in the United States due to such errors (Westrick & Jacob, 2016). Ethical, legal, professional, and regulatory standards are required for advanced practice nurses to know and keep up-to-date within their scope of practice (Westrick & Jacob, 2016). The purpose of this paper is to describe ethical and legal implications for nurse practitioners concerning disclosure and nondisclosure of medication errors, the responsibility of the nurse practitioner to report a medical error as required by the state of Texas, and the process of writing prescriptions and strategies to reduces prescribing errors. Ethical and Legal Implications of Disclosure and Nondisclosure Disclosure or nondisclosure of medication errors is ethical and legal concerns advanced practice nurses (APRN) will face in their career. Many providers are reluctant to disclose medical errors to their patients due to fear of lawsuits; however, ethical considerations trump any legal issues clinicians may face (Hannawa et al., 2013). Disclosing medication errors is the moral decision to make while upholding the standards of care that all nurses make to maintain a culture of safety (American Nurses Association, 2001). The American Nurses Association (ANA, 2001) specifies nurses need to be knowledgeable of federal, state, and local laws and regulations, along with complying with their employers’ policies and procedures. The Texas
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