There are 2 discussions: Topic 1 & Topic 2 (They both require references please)
The application of standards of care
Case Study 2: Wrongful death by Howard Carpenter on Behalf of Wilma Carpenter, Deceased, involves the wrongful death of a patient, Wilma Carpenter, who received medical treatment from a nurse, whose actions led to the patient’s death. Case Study 2: Wrongful Death by Howard Carpenter on Behalf of Wilma Carpenter, Deceased is about the wrongful death of a patient named Wilma Carpenter who received medical treatment from nurse whose actions led to the patient’s death.
Nursing standard care refers to the amount of care that would be provided by a nurse who has the same experience and qualifications in the same circumstances. Standard of care is the requirement that nurses use their expertise, judgment, and knowledge to give safe, effective, and efficient care to patients. Nurses must adhere to the Nurse Practice Act as well other regulatory bodies.
In a court of law, the standards of care and the Nurse Practice Act will be used to determine whether the nurse’s actions breached the standard of care and whether her breach caused the patient’s death. To determine what standard of care should be applied, the court will use expert testimony by nurses who have similar experience and qualifications. The court will also consider whether the nurse followed the hospital’s policies and procedures.
The Nurse Practice Act details the legal obligations of nurses and their responsibilities, such as standard of care. Nurses are required to comply with the Nurse Practice Act in order to maintain the ethical and legal boundaries of nursing. Nurses can be disciplined for failing to follow the Nurse Practice Act, which could include the loss of their license.
The standard of care, as a nursing principle, is something that all nurses should adhere to. In order to ensure that patients receive safe and effective healthcare, nurses must adhere to both the Nurse Practice Act as well as the standard of care. Legal and disciplinary actions may be taken against nurses who do not meet the standards of care.
American Nurses Association (2015). Nursing: Scope of Practice and Standards (3rd edition). Silver Spring, MD. Author.
Buppert, C. (2015). Nurse Practitioner’s Business Practice and Legal Guide (5th ed.). Jones & Bartlett Publishers.
Westrick, S. J., & Dempski, K. (2016). Essentials of Nursing Law and Ethics. Jones & Bartlett Publishers.
Topic 2: The Clinical Criteria to Determine Self-Danger
In this case, the husband of the staff physician admitted his wife to the psychiatric ward while she was intoxicated. New York State permits a patient’s admission against his or her will when they are considered a threat to others or themselves. In your role as a medical professional, you must distinguish between her legal and ethical implications.
The ethical implication of this case involves the wife’s autonomy and right to make decisions regarding her healthcare. Even though she is intoxicated she can still refuse to be treated and the healthcare professional must respect that decision. In the event that she has been determined as a risk to herself it is necessary to take steps to prevent her harm. An involuntary committal may then be required.
This case is a legal one, and it involves following all the guidelines for determining self-harm as laid out in law. New York State only allows patients to be involuntarily admitted if certain conditions are met, like being an immediate risk to oneself or another. These criteria must be followed by the healthcare providers and they have to provide proof that the patient is involuntarily committed.
My actions as a professional would be to adhere to the legal criteria in determining if a patient poses a risk to themselves and to document evidence of that fact. It is also essential to consider the potential conflicts of interest involved in this case, such as the physician’s desire for custody of the children and his relationship with a nurse on another unit.