Nursing: Facing Legal and Ethical 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 impact on ethical issues of patient care.

Learning Outcomes:
Upon completion of this course, the learner should be able to:
  • Describe how nursing scope of practice and standards of professional nursing practice govern nursing.
  • Explain how state nurse practice acts define and describe nursing practice.
  • Describe how the act of delegation is encompassed in the nurse practice act.
  • Correlate nursing professional boundaries with appropriate nursing practice.
  • Discuss legal and ethical implications of nursing practice.
  • Describe professional guidelines for use of social media.
  • Discuss how ethics and moral distress impact nursing.

About the Author: 
Adrianne E. Avillion, DEd, RN

Adrianne E. Avillion, DEd, RN, is an accomplished nursing professional development specialist and health care author. She earned her doctoral degree in adult education and her Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) from Penn State University and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) from Bloomsburg University. Dr.Avillion has held a variety of nursing positions as a staff nurse in critical care and physical medicine and rehabilitation settings with emphasis on neurological and mental health nursing, as well as a number of leadership roles in nursing professional development. She has published extensively and is a frequent presenter at conferences and conventions devoted to the specialty of continuing education and nursing professional development. Dr. Avillion owns and is the CEO of Strategic Nursing Professional Development, a business that specializes in continuing education for health care professionals and consulting services in nursing professional development. Her most recent publications include The Path to Stress-Free Nursing Professional Development: 50 No-Nonsense Solutions to Everyday Challenges and Nursing Professional Development: A Practical Guide for Evidence-Based Education.

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