Nalysis of legal and professional issues

Bachelor Degree in Nursing (Australia University)
Module: Law, Ethics and Accountability for Nurses

Assessment 2: Analysis of legal and professional issues (60%)

(A 2,500-word assignment, 60% of available mark)

Case scenarios:

1. On your ward there has been an ongoing issue with controlled medications going missing. You have strong evidence that one of your nursing colleagues (nurse M) is involved, and that her actions may be compromising patient care. When you approach her about this, she denies all knowledge. This colleague is a single mother who needs her job. If you present your evidence to hospital management, Nurse M will certainly lose her employment.

2. Patient X has agreed to take part in a hospital approved research study while she is in care on your ward. However when the interviewer, Dr W arrives, the patient is off the ward attending the OT department for the afternoon. Dr W becomes impatient, and asks for the patientas medical records so he can take them home and work on his research overnight.

3. You have been caring for patient Q on your ward over the last week. You have gotten along well with patient Q and over this time you have formed a comfortable professional relationship. On the day of the patientas discharge home, he asks if he can give you a call and take you out as a way of saying a?thanksa for the care you have given.

4. Mr D is brought into your emergency department by his son, with severe chest pain. Mr D is dismissive, claiming his son is over protective and the pain is just indigestion. His son insists, and on examination it becomes obvious Mr D is having an infarct. The emergency doctors order cannulation and preparation for treatment. As you begin to set up, Mr D becomes agitated, saying it is nothing and that he wants to go home. You attempt to explain the need for treatment, but he is determined to leave in spite of ongoing signs of central chest pain

Your task in Assessment 2 is to analyse the legal and professional issues that arise in each scenario. You need to demonstrate that you have engaged in personal reflection and critical analysis of the legal and professional issues that you have identified.

Provide an introduction and conclusion to your essay. Use headings and sub-headings in your paper to make your analysis clearer to the reader. Within the body of your work, analyse each scenario separately. Your analysis of each case should show:

a? the relevant legal and professional issues. For this assignment, the focus is on legal and professional issues as you will have already concentrated on ethical issues in previous assignment. You may make reference to the ethical issues in each of the cases however this referral should be brief

a? use of case information to demonstrate why these issues are relevant (remember it is case analysis a not on essay on the issue/s you have identified). The case information referred to can include the information supplied in the scenarios as well as information gained from previous similar cases or even guidelines and details of disciplinary hearings supplied by the SNB (Singapore Nursing Board) and the NMBA (Nursing & Midwifery Board of Australia). When looking for similar cases it is reasonable to search the relevant literature (journals/supplied readings/texts) for case analyses.

a? reference to relevant Victorian and Australian and/or Singapore law and nursing documents; Remember to also provide a reference list in the APA 6 style.

a? what you determine are the correct legal and professional actions in the case being discussed.

a? you will need to provide support for your arguments from the appropriate literature. Remember that when writing academic papers for assessment you must acknowledge the source of your information using in-text citations/referencing in order to lend validity to your statements and to show the evidence of your opinions a otherwise they are only your opinions and carry little weight. Of course, you may also provide personal opinions however these cannot form the only basis for your argument.

Recommended texts
Johnstone, M. (2009). Bioethics: a nursing perspective. Chatswood: Elsevier.

DeWolf Bosek, M.S., & Savage, T.A. (2007). The ethical component of nursing education.
Philadelphia: Lippincott, Williams and Wilkins.

Forrester, K., & Griffiths, D. (2010) Essentials of law for health professionals (3rd
ed.). Sydney:
Elsevier Mosby.