Law for Nurse Leaders, Second Edition

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Law for Nurse Leaders, Second Edition

SKU# 9780826133564

Author: Paula DiMeo Grant BSN, MA, JD, RN, Diana Ballard JD, MBA, RN

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One of the most hotly discussed and debated areas of society today, health care law carries a host of legal and ethical complexities that nurses and providers must increasingly recognize and factor into their best decision making. This convenient and comprehensive reference, written by expert nurse attorneys, untangles the legal dilemmas often encountered in contemporary nursing practice, such as nursing malpractice/negligence and liability, risk management, corporate compliance, employment law, business law, and dispute resolution as they relate to health care law and nursing practice.

Written with the same no-nonsense, understandable language of the first edition, this revision continues to break down the often complex legalese of health care law and now includes two completely new chapters on the evolving roles of advanced practice nurses, and managing disasters and public health emergencies. Multiple case studies and legal analyses walk the reader through the varied scenarios nurse leaders will confront with staff and patient-related legal issues they will encounter on a regular basis.


  • Revised to reflect multiple changes in health care law and updated information to the nursing/legal arena
  • A new chapter, “Advanced Practice Nursing,” covers increasing responsibilities in primary care, dynamics of health care reform, and changing nursing roles
  • A new chapter, “Disasters and Public Health Emergencies,” discusses major laws governing these events and hospital emergency operations plans


  • Serves as a comprehensive text for undergraduate and graduate programs
  • Includes Objectives, Conclusions and Trends, and Key Points in each chapter
  • Presents real-life cases and interactive features to reinforce learning
  • Addresses business topics and corporate law, not typically covered in similar texts
  • Covers nursing malpractice, risk management, employment law, business law, corporate compliance, and dispute resolution

Product Details 

  • Publication Date September 23, 2017
  • Page Count 368
  • Product Form Paperback / softback
  • ISBN 13 9780826133564
  • EISBN 9780826133571

Table of Contents 





1. The Nurse and the Law: A Primer

Paula DiMeo Grant

2. Advanced Practice Nursing

Paula DiMeo Grant

3. Nursing Malpractice/Negligence and Liability

Paula DiMeo Grant

4. The Nurse and Documentation

Diana C. Ballard

5. Patient Rights and Ethical Considerations

Diana C. Ballard

6. Risk Management

Diana C. Ballard

7. Disasters and Public Health Emergencies

Diana C. Ballard

8. Organization and Corporate Law

Diana C. Ballard

9. Corporate Compliance

Diana C. Ballard

10. Laws Governing the Workplace

Paula DiMeo Grant

11. Anatomy of Civil and Criminal Trials

Paula DiMeo Grant

12. Dispute Resolution for Nurses

Paula DiMeo Grant



Editorial Review(s) 

""This is a wonderful revision of the first edition. It is so important for all nurses to understand the law and how we can find ourselves in litigious situations. We must understand the causes and how to deal with them. The book is easy to read and the case studies are valuable. I highly recommend using this book in all areas of healthcare.""

-- Doody's Medical Reviews