The Legal Implications of Acceptance or Refusal of an Assignment

The Legal Implications of Acceptance or Refusal of an Assignment

After reviewing the ANA position statement on “Rights of Registered Nurses when Considering a Patient Assignment,” discuss the legal and ethical implications of accepting assignments. When delegating assignments to unlicensed personnel, what considerations need to be considered? What insurance issues come into play? Analyze the legal principle of Respondeat Superior.

American Nurses Association Nursing World. (2009). Patient safety: Rights of registered nurses when considering a patient assignment.

Retrieved from http://www.nursingworld.org/MainMenuCategories/Policy-Advocacy/Positions-and-Resolutions/ANAPositionStatements/Position -Statements-Alphabetically/Patient-Safety-Rights-of-Registered-Nurses-When-Considering-a-Patient-Assignment.html

APA Style, minimum of 200 words, times new romans, font 12, No plagiarism  3 References, scholarly.

Topic 2: Defenses to Malpractice and Risk Management 

Take the malpractice case assigned to your group and discuss the defenses that may be raised in that case. Discuss how the incident could have been prevented. What risk management techniques could have been used before and after the adverse patient occurrence? Respond to the other case scenario.

APA Style, minimum of 200 words, times new Romans, font 12, No plagiarism  3 References, scholarly.

Textbook Readings

Essentials of Nursing Law and Ethics

· Chapter 5: “Defenses to Negligence or Malpractice”

· Chapter 6: “Prevention of Malpractice”

· Chapter 7: “Nurses as Witnesses”

· Chapter 8: “Professional Liability Insurance”

· Chapter 9: “Accepting or Refusing an Assignment/Patient Abandonment”

· Chapter 10: “Delegation to Unlicensed Assisted Personnel”

· Chapter 37: “Staffing Issues and Floating”

Journal Readings

Please retrieve and read the following journal articles from the Library. Articles can be located through a search in the CINAHL database, OVID database, the Library (links to these are located under the Academic Tools), or by using the link at the end of the reference if provided.

American Nurses Association Nursing World. (2016). Patient safety: Rights of registered nurses when considering a patient assignment. Retrieved from

American Nurses Association Nursing World. (2009). Patient safety: Rights of registered nurses when considering a patient assignment. Retrieved from http://www.nursingworld.org/MainMenuCategories/Policy-Advocacy/Positions-and-Resolutions/ANAPositionStatements/Position -Statements-Alphabetically/Patient-Safety-Rights-of-Registered-Nurses-When-Considering-a-Patient-Assignment.html

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