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Running head: ETHICAL AND LEGAL IMPLICATIONS 1 Assignment: Ethical and Legal Implications of Prescribing Drugs Walden University Nurs-6512: Advanced Pharmacology June 6, 2020 Introduction
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ETHICAL AND LEGAL IMPLICATIONS 2 As 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. It is 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 prescribe a 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 in the 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 a 5-year-old was administered a dosage equivalent to that of an adult and experienced adverse events. Ethical and Legal Implications for the Selected Scenario In 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. The pediatric patient is harmed during treatment because of the medication error, and this resulted into adverse drug reactions. The scenario presents ethical and legal implications in the involved
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