Category Archives: Ethics

Falsification of Patient Care Record Can Lead to Criminal Convictions

N.B., an LPN, worked at a nursing home and was assigned to care for J.E., a Medicaid patient who suffered from seizures, dementia with [...]

Nursing Assistants Violate Resident’s Privacy and Other Rights

Regardless of where you work in health care, your facility should have clear policies and procedures concerning the non-use of your [...]

Boards of Nursing and Their Disciplinary Powers

Your state board of nursing has the authority to administer and enforce the state nurse practice act. This power is broad and includes [...]

Advocating For Patients Is An Essential New Year’s Resolution

The New Year is upon us and customarily, you are expected to make resolutions for 2017. A resolution is characterized as a [...]

Is Your Workplace Gender Equal?

If you are a nurse manager, an advanced practice registered nurse who has established an independent practice, or a chief nursing [...]

Using a Personal Cell Phone Photo and Good Intentions When Documenting Patient Care Provide No Legal Protection

Earnest was a ED Tech whose job it was to act as a paramedic and monitor patients that had been restrained and monitor other [...]

What is This Thing Called Law? And What Do Lawyers Do?

For much of the public, including nurses, the law seems to be strange, complex, and incomprehensible. Lawyers are Not seen in the best [...]

The Importance of The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA)

The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) has been the subject of much confusion since its passage in 1966. For [...]

What if I Object to a Patient Care Situation?

You have probably been in at least one patient care situation that made you uncomfortable for a particular reason or one in which you [...]

Can I Refuse To Care For A Patient Who Has Ebola Or Any Other Viral Disease?

Shortly after two nurses from Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas became infected with the Ebola virus after caring for Thomas [...]

“Willful Refusal” to Care for AIDS Patients

You may recall that the last Bulletin discussed whether or not a nurse could refuse to care for a patient with the Ebola virus. [...]

Nursing Care and Inmates

If you are a governmental employee of a federal or state correctional institution, you may enjoy certain immunities against a lawsuit [...]

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