Nursing: Ethical and Legal Issues in Nursing

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About the Course

Legal issues in nursing are based on legislation, practice standards, and licensure. Ethical issues, on the other hand, are often based on subjective values of “right” and “wrong.” This course will help nurses deal with many of the ethical issues they face in their professional practice, as well as legal considerations that may make an impact on the ethical issues of patient care. 

Learning Outcomes:
Upon completion of this course, the learner will be able to:
  • Explain how the nurse practice act (NPA) defines and describes nursing practice. 
  • Discuss legal and ethical implications of nursing. 
  • Describe how ethics and moral distress impact nurses. 

About the Author:
Kelly A. Crum, PhD (c), MSN, RN

Kelly Crum is a nursing education consultant, serving schools on accreditation and curriculum matters. In addition, she currently serves as an international nursing education consultant and is the expert nurse consultant for Shanghai University of Medicine and Health Sciences. With 26 years of nursing education experience, she has held various nursing positions in both clinical and academic settings. Her passion for curriculum and expertise in teaching are the foundations for her endeavors to educate the educator. This passion is reflected in her writing and conference topics.  She has published over 30 workbook titles primarily in the areas of maternity, pediatrics, and simulation case studies. Ms. Crum's conference topics include Competency Based Education in Egypt, The Professor’s Role in BSN Education in Guatemala, Building the Nurse Educator’s Capacity to Instruct Students in Managing Chronic Care Across the Lifespan in China, and Clinical Evaluation Best Practices in the United States. In practice, her focus is on international humanitarian work and community volunteerism, as well as her role as a hospice and palliative care nurse.

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