Legal Aspects

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What is the source of law that is derived from federal and state constitutions?

Which type of law protects the rights of individuals and provides for fair and equitable treatment when civil wrongs or violations occur?

What defines a nurse's scope of practice, educational requirements, and licensure process within individual states?

Which type of law is derived from statutes passed by the U.S. Congress and state legislatures?

What distinguishes nursing from other health professions, such as medicine, therapists, and alternative medicine providers?

What is the primary purpose of criminal laws?

Under what circumstances is criminal mistreatment classified as a felony offense?

Where does the right to patient confidentiality originate from?

What does case law describe?

What do standards of nursing care reflect?

What is the purpose of the American Disability Act of 1995?

What is the main function of Good Samaritan laws?

What are the Uniform Anatomical Gift Act of 1987 and HIPAA in 1996 primarily concerned with?

What is the primary role of the Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act of 1986?

What is the purpose of Advanced Directives in 2003?

What defines nursing malpractice according to the courts?

Which area of potential risk is associated with the use of electronic monitoring devices?

What is the best way for nurses to avoid malpractice?

Which type of negligence falls below the standard of care according to the text?

What is required for routine treatment, hazardous procedures, some treatments, and research according to the text?

What definition of death requires irreversible cessation of circulatory and respiratory functions?

Which organization believes that nurses' participation in assisted suicide violates the code of ethics for nurses?

What is the term for any intentional offensive touching without consent or lawful justification?

When is assault considered to have occurred?

What are quasi-intentional torts alleged when a person should have known could occur?

What is the legal duty of nurses in relation to public health laws?

What may happen if a nurse leaves a patient without properly transferring or handing off the patient to a capable person?

What is the role of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)?

What is required of nurses in most states in relation to suspected abuse or neglect of patients?

What is described by the Oregon Death With Dignity Act (1994)?

What is the result of the publication of false statements that damage a person's reputation?

Which type of communication becomes part of the health care record and must be considered confidential?

What is conduct that falls below the generally accepted standard of care of a reasonably prudent person?

What is the term for the release of a patient's health care information to an unauthorized person?

What type of error often results in disciplinary action by the State Board of Nursing and a lawsuit for negligence against the nurse and the employer?

What is the duty of the physician in relation to informed consent?

Who has the right to consent to medical treatment for minors in emergency situations?

What does risk management in nursing involve?

What is a nurse's responsibility when documenting client care?

Who may consent to medical treatment for an emancipated minor?


Test your knowledge of nursing malpractice involving failure to correctly check patient identification and administering medication despite documented allergies. Understand the legal definition and implications of nursing malpractice.

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