Impact of the Law on Nursing in Selected Practice Settings

  • Read the case study presented at the end of Chapter 17 (Guido, p. 362)
  • -Was the nurse negligent for unlocking the bath-room door and allowing Judy to shower by herself?
  • -Was it below the standard of care for the nurse to leave the bathroom door unlocked when the psychiatrist came to see Judy?
  • -How significant are the hospital policy and procedures in this instance?
  • -How would you decide this case?

Read the case study presented at the end of Chapter 18 (Guido, p. 393)

  • -Was the nurse negligent in the advice she gave Mr. Gonzales concerning his condition?
  • -Did the nurse exceed her scope of practice in the advice she gave the patient?
  • -Should the nurse have instructed Mr. Gonzales to go immediately to the local emergency center?
  • -How would you decide this case? Who, if anyone, is liable in this case?

Read the case study presented at the end of Chapter 20 (Guido, p. 439)

  • -What should the standards of care be for such a patient?
  • -Even though the nursing care plan did not specify that the wound should be checked hourly, how should the prudent nurse have acted?
  • -Should the lawsuit center primarily on the surgeon for allowing this patient to be sent back to the nursing home for post- operative care rather than insisting he be kept for 24 hours in an acute care facility post-operatively?
  • -How would you decide this case?

 

 

 
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