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Legal Issues in Nursing
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Standards of Care Legal guidelines for nursing practice which  provide the minimum acceptable nursing  care. ANA publishes standards for nursing  practice & policy statements. Policies and procedures of health care  facilities. Professional organizations.
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Nurse Practice Act Define the scope of nursing practice. Established by every state legislature. Obligation of every nurse to know his/her  Nurse Practice Act.
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Legal Terms Assault - any intentional threat to bring  about harmful or offensive contact. Key issue is client’s consent. Example- threatening to give an injection  when client has refused consent
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Legal Terms (cont’d) Battery-  any intentional touching without  consent. Can be harmful to the client and cause an  injury or be offensive to client’s personal  dignity. Example- actually giving the injection.
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Legal terms (cont’d) Slander-  when one verbalizes false  statements.
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  • Spring '08
  • Evans
  • Nursing, Informed consent, nurse practice act, DPA

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