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    An Authoritative and Accessible Text on Nursing Law and Ethics

    Posted by Katie Hennessy on Sep 11, 2013 5:51:54 PM

    Essentials of Nursing Law and Ethics, Second EditionThe legal aspects of nursing are often complicated and intimidating to students. Yet, they relate to everything from patient and environmental health and safety to error reduction and ethical boundaries-- and even social media used by nursing staff. That's why we've published Essentials of Nursing Law and Ethics, Second Edition by Susan J. Westrick, JD, MS, RN, CNE, a nurse attorney who makes complex legal topics understandable while providing accurate and well-researched content relevant to practice.

    Westrick's extensive legal research incorporates the most current professional and legal references, including case law. Uniquely organized into five major sections, the text examines: the law and nursing practice; liability in patient care; documentation issues; employment and the workplace; and ethics.

    New to the Second Edition:

    • Professional boundaries and the use of social media
    • 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 and horizontal violence
    • Additional coverage on medication error reduction and safety initiatives
    • Updated content on electronic documentation, communication, and record keeping
    • Regulatory processes including state board use of off duty conduct in disciplinary proceedings, data bank reporting, and remediation as an alternative to discipline
    • Expanded 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
    • Updated processes for basic legal research

    Interested in learning more? Preview a sample chapter right now or visit our website.

    Topics: New Edition, Law, nursing law, Ethics, legal ethics, Susan J. Westrick

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