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Assignment 2 By Alfred Onyekaba HSA 515 Health Care Policy Law & Ethics Denise Pica-Branco, Ph.D. Strayer University Identify and explain at least three legal considerations When considering the legalities of this scenario, negligence, vicarious liability, and physician- patient relationship are a few components that affect the outcome of a lawsuit. The amount of legal torts that were violated in this case was enough to cause disputes between patients and healthcare staff. Negligence is a familiar tort that occurs much more than it needs too. Unfortunately in this case, vicarious liability and patient-physician relationship are two considerations that influence this case as well. According to…show more content…
Though it may not be a legal commitment, but days when an emergency situation is at hand healthcare staff should make use of good ethical practice and be present for work. Administering the wrong prescription for a patient can be viewed as a negligent act as well as a bad ethical decision. As much as this act leans more towards negligence, it is only right to assume the existence of poor ethical standards. If nurse maintained a high standard and value towards occupation, the right medication would have been giving to the patient. Identify and explain at least three professional considerations The three professional considerations that pertain to this case are similar to the ethical considerations. It was unprofessional for the nurses to call off, leave patients un-attended, and also breaking the patient legal duty to provide proper service to patients. According to (makely), “enhancing professionalism has become a major challenge for healthcare educators, employers, and personnel” (2009). As a healthcare professional, the nurses in this case don’t necessarily lack skills of being nurses but simply lack the attitude of a professional. In situations similar to this case, nurses should have been more concerned with the patients and should have made it an obligation to be present for work. Leaving patients unattended while taking a break during an emergency
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