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You are a family nurse practitioner employed in a busy primary care office. Theproviders in the group include one physician and three nurse practitioners. Theback office staff includes eight medical assistants who assist with patient care aswell as filing, answering calls from patients, processing laboratory results andtaking prescription renewal requests from patients and pharmacies. Stephanie, amedical assistant, has worked in the practice for 10 years and is very proficient ather job. She knows almost every patient in the practice, and has an excellentrapport with all of the providers.Mrs. Smith was seen today in the office for an annual physical. Her lastappointment was a year ago for the same reason. During this visit, Mrs. Smithbrought an empty bottle of amoxicillin with her and asked if she could have arefill. You noted the patient's name on the label, and the date on the bottle was 1week ago. You also noted your name printed on the label as the prescriber. Thepatient admitted that she called last week concerned about her cough and spoketo Stephanie. You do not recall having discussed this patient with Stephanie nordo the other providers in the practice.Discussion Question:What are the potential ethical and legal implications for each of the followingpractice members?:Medical assistantNurse PractitionerMedical DirectorPracticeWhat strategies would you implement to prevent further episodes of potentiallyillegal behavior?What leadership qualities would you apply to effect a positive change in thepractice? Be thinking about the culture of the practice.A primary care office is typically a very busy place and having an experienced,hardworking, trustworthy staff is critical to the success of the practice. Medicalassistants are a very useful asset and help the office flow smoothly. Some of the tasksMAs are allowed to perform include passing medications with a physician present,

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Term
Winter
Professor
Melissa, Rubio
Tags
Physician, medical error, Stephanie

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