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Running head: ETHICAL AND LEGAL IMPLICATIONS 1Assignment: Ethical and Legal Implications of Prescribing DrugsWalden UniversityNurs-6512: Advanced PharmacologyJune 6, 2020Introduction
ETHICAL AND LEGAL IMPLICATIONS 2As an advanced practice Registered nurse (APRN) prescribing drugs to patients, I am tasked with the role of determining an effective treatment plan based on the patient's diagnosis. Itis essential to consider how much of the drug that the patient should receive, the dosage, when the drug should not be prescribed, and the individual patient factors that could create complications when taking the medication (Rosenthal & Burchum, 2018). As an advanced nurse practitioner, it is imperative to take into consideration the ethical and legal implications of prescribing drugs. I have been confronted with different dilemmas on whether or not to prescribea given medication to a patient, taking into consideration the state regulations that affect the prescribing of a particular drug. From my clinical practice serving across different care settings as an advanced nurse, I have been confronted with challenges of making appropriate decisions inthe diagnosis of patients' condition and administration of drugs. To bring into context the ethical and legal implications of prescribing drugs, the discussion outlines a case of an error in drug dosage, whereby a5-year-old was administered a dosage equivalent to that of an adult and experienced adverse events. Ethical and Legal Implications for the Selected ScenarioIn the presented case, an error is made when prescribing medication to a 5-year- old patient. Rather than dosing him appropriately, he is prescribed a dose suitable for an adult. Thepediatric patient is harmed during treatment because of the medication error, and this resultedinto adverse drug reactions. The scenario presents ethical and legal implications in the involved