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Ethical Issues In Outpatient Care

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The ethical-legal concern in this situation was when Stephanie went outside of her scope of practice to call in an unauthorized medication refill using the nurse practitioner’s name. Even though Stephanie’s action caused no harm to the patient, potentially it could have and resulted in a negative legal litigation for the NP and practice. Stephanie is an unlicensed employee who made an unethical decision, which was not within her scope of practice. According to the American Association of Medical Assistants (2017), certified medical assistant alongside their administrative duties can perform certain medical task in an outpatient care facility, such duties include taking patient’s history, preparing patient for procedures, collecting laboratory
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