Terms in this set (20)
Nurse Practice Act
describes and defines the legal boundaries of nursing practice within each state.
Reflects decisions made by administrative bodies such as State Boards of Nursing when they pass rules and regulations.
Results from judicial decisions made in courts when individual legal cases are decided.
Standards of Care
The legal guidelines for nursing practice and provide the minimum acceptable nursing care. Reflects values and priorities of the profession.
The Joint Commission(TJC)
Requires that accredited hospitals have specific written nursing policies and procedures that are visible to all the nursing staff.
Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act (EMTALA)
When a client comes into an ER, the hospital must provide an accurate medical screening. If it is an emergency condition you must stabilize a patient before transferring them somewhere else.
Mental Health Parity Act
Forbids health plans from placing lifetime or annual limits on mental health coverage that are less generous than those placed on medical or surgical benefits.
Represent written documents that direct treatment in accordance with a clients wishes in the event of a terminal illness.
Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care
A legal document that states who is going to make the health care choices for a client when they are no longer able to make them for themselves.
Federal Nursing Home Reform Act
Gave residents in nursing homes the right to be free of unnecessary and inappropriate restraints.
Oregon Death Will Dignity Act
Says that a competent individual with an incurable and irreversible disease that will kill the patient within 6 months can chose to take medicine that will kill them sooner.
A civil wrong made against a person or property.
Acts where intent is lacking but volitional action and direct causation occurs. Ex: Invasion of Privacy
No actual contact is necessary. Threatening harm.
Touching without consent
Unjustified restraining of a person without legal warrant.
When a person knowingly publishes false information about a person.
When a person verbalizes false information about a person.
Written false information about a person.
A system of ensuring appropriate nursing care that attempts to identify potential hazards and eliminate them before harm occurs.