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Essentials of Nursing Law and Ethics, Second Edition

Author(s): Susan J. Westrick, JD, MS, RN, CNE
  • ISBN-13: 9781284030204
  • Product With Access Code    388 pages      © 2014
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An Updated and Authoritative Resource on Nursing Law and Ethics

 The Essentials of Nursing Law and Ethics, Second Edition focuses on the legal aspect of Nursing as it relates to patient safety and quality, environmental health and safety, error reduction and ethical boundaries of practice. Other timely topics include the appropriate use of social media by nursing staff.

The text is written by a nurse attorney who presents complex topics in an understandable manner while providing accurate and well researched content relevant to the practice. Extensive legal research by the author incorporates the most current relevant professional and legal references including case law. The text is uniquely organized into five major sections including: the law and nursing practice; liability in patient care; documentation issues; employment and the workplace; and ethics.

 New to this Edition:

  • Professional boundaries and  use of social media
  • Quality and safety initiatives in nursing practice, including Quality and Safety Education for Nurses (QSEN) concepts and content, Institute of Medicine (IOM) recommendations
  • Environmental health and safety, including equipment safety
  •  Staffing issues and implications for patient safety and  liability
  • Workplace issues including factors to consider when accepting assignments, horizontal violence
  • Additional coverage on medication error reduction and safety initiatives
  • Updated content on electronic documentation, communication, and recordkeeping
  • Regulatory processes including state board use of off duty conduct in disciplinary proceedings, and data bank reporting,  and remediation as an alternative to discipline
  • Expansion of content on ethical considerations in areas such as assisted suicide, patients’ rights, and applying the ANA Code of Ethics for Nurses            
  • Moral distress and moral courage in ethical decision making
  • Update on the processes for basic legal research


Features & Benefits

Key Features:

  • Test bank featuring NCLEX type questions and rationale
  • A glossary of legal terminology found within the text
  • A Table of Cases for easier access to case law
  • Expanded online resources and scholarly references included at the end of each chapter

Applicable Courses

  • Trends and Issues
  • Ethical and Legal
  • Leadership and Management
  • Fundamentals of Practice
  • Any clinical theory course


Chapter  1  The Legal Environment
Chapter  2  Regulation of Nursing Practice
Chapter  3  Nurses in Legal Actions
Chapter  4  Standards of Care
Chapter  5  Defenses to Negligence or Malpractice
Chapter  6  Prevention of Malpractice
Chapter  7  Nurses as Witnesses
Chapter  8  Professional Liability Insurance
Chapter  9  Accepting or Refusing an Assignment/Patient Abandonment
Chapter  10  Delegation to Unlicensed Assistive Personnel
Chapter  11  Patients’ Rights and Responsibilities
Chapter  12  Confidential Communication
Chapter  13  Competency and Guardianship
Chapter  14  Informed Consent
Chapter  15  Refusal of Treatment
Chapter  16  Pain Control
Chapter  17  Patient Teaching and Health Counseling
Chapter  18  Medication Administration
Chapter  19  Clients with AIDS and HIV Testing
Chapter  20  Abusive Situations
Chapter  21  Reproductive Services
Chapter  22  Restraints
Chapter  23  Emergency Psychiatric Admissions
Chapter  24  Organ and Tissue Donation and Transplantation
Chapter  25  Discharge Against Medical Advice
Chapter  26  The Medical Record and Documentation Standards
Chapter  27  Electronic Health Information and Communication
Chapter  28  Interdependent Nursing Functions: Verbal Orders and Telenursing
Chapter  29  Event Reporting and Compliance
Chapter  30  Quality and Safety
Chapter  31  Forensic Issues
Chapter  32  Employer and Employee Rights
Chapter  33  Contracts
Chapter  34  Corporate Liability
Chapter  35  Employment Contracts and Unionization
Chapter  36  Employment Status Liability
Chapter  37  Staffing Issues and Floating
Chapter  38  Americans with Disabilities Act
Chapter  40  Impaired Nurses
Chapter  41  Sexual Harassment in the Workplace
Chapter  42  Violence in the Workplace
Chapter  43  Intentional Torts
Chapter  44  Environmental Health and Safety
Chapter  45  Ethical Decision Making
Chapter  46  Professional Boundaries and Patient Relationships
Chapter  47  Moral Courage and Patient Advocacy
Chapter  48  Social Media and Online Professionalism
Chapter  49  Reporting Illegal, Unethical, or Unsafe Conduct
Chapter  50  Maternal and Fetal Rights
Chapter  51  Futility of Care
Chapter  52  Advance Directives and End-of-Life Decisions
Chapter  53  Assisted Suicide
Appendix  A  Basic Legal Research
Appendix  B  Legal Glossary

Susan J. Westrick, JD, MS, RN, CNE

Susan J. Westrick, JD, MS, RN, CNE is a nurse attorney and professor of nursing at Southern Connecticut State University in New Haven, with nursing specialties in pediatric and adult health and teaching responsibilities in the undergraduate, and graduate programs including the online EdD nurse educator program. Professor Westrick specializes in legal and ethical issues related to nursing practice and healthcare,and has served as an expert witness in malpractice cases involving the standard of care, and the nurse’s duty to advocate for patients and to follow the chain of command. A frequent author and presenter on legal and nursing education issues, she has published two textbooks, several articles in nursing and healthcare journals, and book chapters. She is also a past president and board member of CT TAANA (Connecticut Chapter of The American Association of Nurse Attorneys), and a current member of the national TAANA’s education section committee.
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  • Essentials of Nursing Law and Ethics appears in its second updated edition to explain and explore legal aspects of nursing, and will make an excellent college-level text for any involved in the nursing profession. It provides scholarly chapters that cover everything from patient safety and rights to organ donation and the use of social media by nurses, it reviews ethical issues, and it updates legal and ethical issues. New discussions of staffing, professional boundaries and more make this a 'must' for any studying nursing.   The Midwest Book Review

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