The 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