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Nursing Ethics and Laws

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Abuse
The intentional mistreatment or harm of another person
Assault
Intentionally attempting or threatening to touch a person's body without the person's consent
Battery
Touching a person's body without his or her consent
Boundary Crossing
A brief act or behavior outside of the helpful zone
Boundary Sign
An act, behavior, or thought that warns of a boundary crossing or violation
Boundary Violation
An act or behavior that meets your needs, not the person's needs
Civil Laws
Laws concerned with relationships between individuals
Crime
An act that violates a criminal law
Criminal Law
Laws concerned with offenses against the public and society in general
Defamation
Injuring a person's name and reputation by making false statements to a third person
Ethics
Knowledge of what is right conduct and wrong conduct
False Imprisonment
Unlawful restraint or restriction of a person's freedom of movement
Fraud
Saying or doing something to trick, fool, or deceive a person
Invasion of Privacy
Violating a person's right not to have his or her name, photo, or private affairs exposed or made public without giving consent
Law
A rule of conduct made by a government body
Libel
Making false statements in print, writing, or through pictures or drawings
Malpractice
Negligence by a professional person
Professional Boundary
That which seperates helpful behaviors from behaviors that are not helpful
Professional Sexual Misconduct
An act, behavior, or comment that is sexual in nature
Protected Health Information
Identifying information and information about the person's health care that is maintained or sent in any form (paper, electronic, oral)
Self-neglect
A person's behaviors that put him or her at high risk for harm; health and safety are threatened
Slander
Making false statements orally
Standard of Care
The skills, care, and judgments required by a health team member under similar conditions
Tort
A wrong committed against another or the persons property.
Vulnerable Adult
A person 18 years or older who has a disability or condition that makes him or her at risk to be wounded, attacked, or damaged
Will
A legal document that specifies how you want your property to be distributed after your death.
ANA
American Nurses Association
HIPAA
Health Insurance Portability & Accountability Act
LNA
Licensed Nursing Assistant
LPN
Licensed Practical Nurse
LVN
Licenced Vocational Nurse
NFLPN
National Federation of Licensed Practical Nurses
OBRA
Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act
RN
Registered Nurse
Prejudiced
Having a bad opinion of people because of the group they belong to.
Negligence
Failure to take reasonable care
Malpractice
Negligence by a professional person
Liable
Accountable under the law
Slander
Making false statements orally
Libel
Making false statements in print, writing, or through pictures or drawings
Physical Abuse
Inflicting physical injury and harm on another person
Involuntary Seclusion
Separation of patient from other patients or people, against the patient's will
Misappropriation
Taking what belongs to someone else and using it illegally for one's own gain.
Emotional Abuse
Inflicting mental pain or distress through verbal or non verbal acts
Abandonment
The discontinuation of medical care without proper notice
Rape or sexual assault
Forced sexual acts with a person against his or her will
Molestation
Sexual advances toward a child: Includes kissing, touching or fondling the child
Incest
Sexual activity between family members who are not partners
Child Pornography
Taking pictures or videotaping a child involved in sexual acts or poses
Child Prostitution
Forcing a child to engage in sexual activity for money
Substance Abuse
Misuse of drugs that damage an individual's health and ability to function
Controlled Substance
A drug or chemical substance whose possession and use are controlled by law
Child Abandonment
Leaving a child under the age of 14 without parental or appropriate care
Verbal Abuse
Mistreating someone through repeated verbal insults or threats
Economic Abuse
Forced into a situation because of a need for resources
Social Abuse
Controlling friendships and other relationships