Law and Ethics in Advanced Practice Nursing

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Law and Ethics in Advanced Practice Nursing

SKU# 9780826114587

Author: Diane Kjervik JD, RN, MSN, FAAN, Edith Ann Brous JD, RN, MS, MPH


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This is an extremely valuable book for practicing APNs and students in APN programs. The authors demystify legal/ethical/political issues and make them understandable for advanced practice nurses. The authors help to focus APNs on these important and necessary aspects of nursing practice.Score: 100, 5 stars


The book presents an overview of the history and current state of advance practice nursing and the law both nationally and internationally. The authors provide detailed, exemplary legal and ethical case studies that frame pivotal moments in practice.

The book's key topics include nursing pedagogy related to law, international law and nursing, future roles for APNs that may be legally and ethically supported, and potential challenges to APN practice. The book also discusses current issues that affect nursing law for advance practice, such as autonomy in end of life situations, conflicts between professional duties, and caring needs.

Key Features:

  • Presents the history and current state of the law and advance practice nursing
  • Summarizes and analyzes legal and ethical issues facing APNs
  • Provides guidelines for how to prevent lawsuits
  • Offers guidance on dealing with a lawsuit filed against you
  • Provides international comparisons of legal and ethical considerations

Product Details 

  • Publication Date May 28, 2010
  • Page Count 226
  • Product Form Hardback
  • ISBN 13 9780826114587
  • EISBN 9780826114594

Table of Contents 

I. The history of law related to advanced practice nursing

A. Exemplary legal or ethical cases studies that frame pivotal moments in nursing history
B. Human/ethical issues affecting nursing law
C. Practice pattern changes affected by law

II. Advanced Practice nursing and current US law

A. Overview
B. Malpractice/negligence
C.Labor/employment issues
D. Licensure
E. Documentation
F. Delegation
G. Safety
H. Consent
I. End of life issues
J. Regulation
K. Advanced practice specialties

III. Nursing pedagogy in relation to law

A. Nursing theory and law
B. Teaching strategies
C. Research approaches

IV. International law and nurses

A. English common law
B. European continental law
C. Professional caregiving in international contexts
D. Global health needs and shortages

V. Conclusion

A. Future roles for APNs that may be legally and ethically supported
B. Potential legal challenges to APN practice