Running head: ETHICAL AND LEGAL IMPLICATIONS OF PRESCRIBING DRUGS 1 Ethical and Legal Implications of Prescribing Drugs Joseph King Walden University NURS 6521 Dr. Robert Letterio
ETHICAL AND LEGAL IMPLICATIONS OF PRESCRIBING DRUGS 2 Ethical and Legal Implications of Prescribing Drugs The transition from giving medications to prescribing medications is one that every Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) must navigate as they progress in their field. People will seek any means to avoid going to the doctor and sitting in a waiting room full of other sick people. This includes reaching out to a family member or friend that can write prescriptions in order to get a quick fix for something they may perceive as a minor incident like a cold or infection. While the answer may be something simple for their problem, it is never appropriate for an APRN to prescribe medications for someone that they do not have an established provider-patient relationship with (Burchum & Rosenthal, 2018). This paper will discuss the ethics and legal implications of a scenario such as the one described above, strategies to address disclosure and non-disclosure, strategies to guide decision making, and the process of writing prescriptions, and strategies to minimize errors when writing prescriptions. Ethical and Legal Implications Scenario This case study says that a friend has asked for help with a situation in the form of writing them a prescription. There is no documented provider-patient history, nor is there any documented medical history. In the state of Florida, APRNs must have a supervising physician when prescribing medications because the state does not recognize APRNs as having full autonomy (Burchum & Rosenthal, 2018). The ethical portion of this scenario involves a lack of
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