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Legal / Ethics

April 2015 Vol. 10 No. 4

Author: Leah L. Curtin, RN, MA, MS, ScD(h), FAAN

According to the Associated Press, a Brookdale Senior Residence facility* worker who identified herself as a nurse, refused to administer cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) to Lorraine Bayless, an 87-year-old woman who collapsed in the facility’s dining hall because “It was against company policy.” Although the nurse called 911 . . .

December 2014 Vol. 9 No. 12

Author: Janet Boivin, RN, BSN, BSJ

Few Americans know that a U.S. Navy nurse may lose his 18-year career because he decided he could no longer in good conscience continue force-feeding hunger striking detainees at Guantanamo Bay detention camp this past summer.

Lawyers for the nurse say his decision was guided by the . . .

October 2014 Vol. 9 No. 10

Author: Leah L. Curtin, RN, MA, MS, ScD(h), FAAN

“It really doesn’t matter whether you are Muslim or Christian or Jew. In every religion, in every country, in every region at every time, there are some basic principles. We all know what good is, what correct is, what obligatory is – all those things that compose ethics. They are . . .

June 2014 Vol. 9 No. 6

Author: Leah L. Curtin, RN, MA, MS, ScD(h), FAAN

Leah Curtin discusses the difficulty of making choices in health care and includes a challenging situation she experienced as a student.

September 2014 Vol. 9 No. 9

Author: Leah Curtin, RN, ScD(h), FAAN

According to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, fraud is “the intentional deception or misrepresentation made by a person with the knowledge that the deception could result in some unauthorized benefit to himself or some other person.” Misstatements or omissions found by auditors are not necessarily fraud. In fact . . .

May 2014 Vol. 9 No. 5

Author: Leah Curtin, RN, ScD(h), FAAN

Nurses are with patients during some of the most important moments in their lives.

April 2014 Vol. 9 No. 4

Author: Miriam O. Young, MSN, RN

What’s in a name?
Editor’s note: The information below was provided by United States Pharmacopeial Convention (USP). It may be freely reproduced and distributed, for non-commercial use only. The American Nurses Association is a voting member of the USP Convention.

If you eat jelly instead of jam . . .

April 2014 Vol. 9 No. 4

Author: Miriam O. Young, MSN, RN

The United States Pharmacopeia (USP) has proposed changing the name of hydromorphone to reduce medication errors caused by confusion with morphine. Read more about this proposed change . . .

April 2014 Vol. 9 No. 4

Author: Leah L. Curtin, RN, MA, MS, ScD(h), FAAN

Leah Curtin discusses how the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) has been misinterpreted to the detriment of patients.

April 2014 Vol. 9 No. 4

Author: Cathy Catrambone, PhD, RN, FAAN; and Rachel Start, MSN, RN

How do we get into morally questionable situations?
I love this article. As a current student in the nursing program, I find it incredibly important to watch my own code of ethics. I have heard many questionable things in the hospital settings that call into account the morality of situations . . .

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