This course examines the interrelationships of legal decisions, health policy development, legislation, and regulation in the context of contemporary issues. Activities explore the impact of health policy changes on the individual nursing practice and the delivery of health care to consumers. Nursing ethics are explored in relation to health policy and decision making.
Discuss issues and trends affecting current nursing practice.
Discuss the role of the nurse in protecting patient safety.
Discuss the impact of the nursing shortage on professional nursing practice.
Access to Care and Informed Consent
Compare and contrast the impact of Medicare and Medicaid on patient's access to care.
Discuss the nurse's role in obtaining informed consent.
Define professional ethics.
Compare and contrast personal values and professional ethics.
Legal Standards and Nursing Liability
Compare and contrast negligence and malpractice.
Discuss potential nursing liability issues in a variety of health care settings.
Nursing Licensure and Standards of Practice
Describe scope of practice in a variety of health care settings.
Describe state Nurse Practice Acts and their impact on professional nursing practice.
Describe licensure requirements for registered nurses.
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