Ethical and Legal Issues in Nursing

956 WordsFeb 17, 20144 Pages
ETHICAL AND LEGAL ISSUES OF Nursing Many confusing factors make it a task to establish, monitor and sustain ethical and legal issues in nursing. Everyone has various personal views based on experiences of life, religion, education and political affiliations, all nurses should be aware about nursing laws and ethics and understand how nursing legal issues can affect them. The American Nurses Association (ANA) Code of Ethics is very influential to nurses because it is used as a framework for making ethical decisions with all aspects of health care. The foundation in any successful professional practice, are based on ethics, values, morals and principles from which the ANA Code of Ethics are formatted. Moral leadership in nursing is…show more content…
These rules are written in the nurse practice act, if found to be violated, the nurse could lose her license to practice. Secondly, if found guilty of wrongdoing, the nurse could face civil and/or criminal charges; the patient’s advocate could file a civil suit against this nurse, if she has indeed violated the nurse and client contract. Criminal charges may apply if her actions negatively impacted society as a whole. Lastly, Tort charges may also be applicable if this nurse is found guilty of negligence and abandonment. The nurse's key obligation is to the patient, many times the legal responsibility of Nurses comes into question when an Ethical Dilemma arises. An Ethical Dilemma occurs when there are conflicting moral claims, usually requiring us as Nurses to make choices between what can be considered unfavorable to some and favorable to others. In any professions, Legal obligations and Moral Obligations are place upon individuals. A moral obligation is based upon moral and ethical principles but not enforceable by law. Legal Obligations are formal statements of law and enforceable under the law. The Legal responsibilities of Nurses are usually indicated in the Nurse Practice act, it is a set of law proposed to protect the public from harm and as well to safeguard the integrity of the nursing profession. According to LLC and George F. Indest III, (2008), “A nurse has a duty to provide competent care to patients. This
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