Are Nursing Leaders Ethical – Legal Change Agents in the Health Care System ?

Topic 1: Nursing Leaders as Ethical-Legal Change Agents in Health Care

Research ethical decision-making and legal issues that influence your role as a nursing leader. Explain how you see your role as a nursing leader making ethical-legal and moral decisions. Include what actions you plan to take to solve moral distress caused by ethical dilemmas and the values that support your actions.

Topic 2: Comparing Ethical Principles

Compare two ethical principles that apply to ethical decision-making and how each one fits your own personal belief system and the role of the advanced practice nurse. Your response to the two topics should be between 2 to 3 pages excluding the cover and reference pages.

Textbook Readings

Essentials of Nursing Law and Ethics

  • Chapter 1: “The Legal Environment”
  • Chapter 11: “Patient’s Rights and Responsibilities”
  • Chapter 13: “Competency and Guardianship”
  • Chapter 14: “Informed Consent”
  • Chapter 43: “Intentional Torts”
  • Chapter 45: “Ethical Decision Making”
  • Chapter 46: “Professional Boundaries and Patient Relations”
  • Appendix A

APA Manual

  • Appendix 7.1: “References to Legal Materials”

Journal Readings

Jack, K., & Smith, A. (2007). Promoting self-awareness in nurses to improve nursing practice. (Cover story). Nursing Standard, 21(32), 47–52.

Web Resources

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