Legal and Ethical Issues in Nursing (6e) : 9780133355871

Legal and Ethical Issues in Nursing (6e)

Guido, Ginny Wacker
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Pearson Higher Ed USA
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For courses in nursing ethics and law in nursing programs at all levels.


Fully updated, revised, and expanded, the new edition of Legal and Ethical Issues in Nursing reflects current and emerging influences of the law, legal issues, and ethical issues on nursing practice. It addresses the expanding autonomous roles of nurses at all levels of education and licensure, and in all settings. It also reflects innovative health care delivery models, as well as new federal and state laws, including the ACA. This edition’s new ethical scenarios more realistically integrate ethics with personal legal accountability, and encourage deeper reflection on connections between law and ethics. Popular features from previous editions are retained, including chapter previews, objectives, key terms, application exercises, guidelines, chapter summaries, and “You Be the Judge” features at the end of each chapter.

Table of contents
  • Part 1:  Introduction to the Law and the Judicial Process
  • Chapter 1:  Legal Concepts and the Judicial Process
  • Chapter 2:  Anatomy of a Lawsuit
  • Part 2:  Ethics
  • Chapter 3:  Introduction to Ethics
  • Chapter 4:  Application of Ethics in Nursing Practice Settings
  • Part 3:  Liability Issues
  • Chapter 5:  Standards of Care
  • Chapter 6:  Tort Law
  • Chapter 7:  Nursing Liability:  Defenses
  • Chapter 8:  Informed Consent and Patient Self-Determination
  • Chapter 9:  Documentation and Confidentiality
  • Chapter 10:  Professional Liability Insurance
  • Part 4:  Impact of the Law on the Professional Practice of Nursing
  • Chapter 11:  Nurse Practice Acts, Licensure, and the Scope of Practice
  • Chapter 12:  Advanced Nursing Practice Roles
  • Chapter 13:  Corporate Liability Issues and Employment Laws
  • Chapter 14:  Federal Laws:  The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and the Civil Rights Act of 1991
  • Chapter 15:  Nursing Management and the Nurse-Managers
  • Chapter 16:  Delegation and Supervision
  • Part 5:  Impact of the Law on Nursing in Selected Practice Settings
  • Chapter 17:  Nursing in Acute Care Settings
  • Chapter 18:  Nursing in Ambulatory and Managed Care Settings
  • Chapter 19:  Public and Community Health Care
  • Chapter 20:  Nursing in Long-Term Care Settings
New to this edition

This edition has been updated throughout to reflect new and emerging legal and ethical issues; to present a deeper, more integrated connection between law and ethics and nursing; and to support nurses in all care settings, including the most innovative.


New! Presents ethical scenarios in the majority of chapters—encouraging nurses to reflect on the ethical delivery of quality health care while also considering the legal implications of this care.


Updated! Revised and expanded throughout—providing the most up-to-date and accurate coverage of the latest laws, ethical standards, and trends related to the professional practice of nursing.


New! Covers advanced nursing practice—including the new and evolving roles of doctor of nursing practice and clinical nurse leader.


Improved! Restores basic knowledge of the law and its enforcement—presenting a two-chapter introduction to the law and the judicial process that helps students more clearly comprehend everything that follows.

Features & benefits

Promotes more effective and efficient learning. Contains provenpedagogical features including chapter previews, objectives, key terms, application exercises, guidelines, chapter summaries, and “You Be the Judge” features concluding each chapter.


Helps students tightly link legal content to nursing practice. Presents key legal content where it is most relevant, with easy-to-follow chapter references to deeper insights wherever appropriate.


Prepares students to act as expert witnesses if necessary. Emphasises the nurse’s role as an expert witness in defining professional standards of care and major legal doctrines and rules that underlie the practice of professional nursing.


Prepares students to handle both legal and ethical issues. Demonstrates that ethical aspects of nursing often confront nurses in practice settings; thoroughly reviews ethical theories and principles; fully describes contemporary health care ethics committees; and addresses issues ranging from moral distress to advocacy.


Helps nurses clearly understand liability issues and risks in all clinical practice areas. Contains thorough and up-to-date chapters on standards of care; negligence, malpractice, and tort law; defenses to tort law; informed consent and patient self-determination; documentation and confidentiality; and professional liability insurance.


Helps nurses understand how they are affected by nurse practice acts. Clarifies the scope and limitations of nursing practice.


Prepares nurses for the legal challenges associated with management and supervision. Explains employment and federal laws that confront nursing, the role of the nurse manager, and laws pertaining to delegation, supervision, and advocacy.


Helps nurses apply the law in their individual practice settings. Covers specific legal issues arising in acute care settings, ambulatory and managed health care, public and community health settings, and long-term and home health care.

Author biography

Ginny Wacker Guido has been active in legal and ethical issues in nursing for the past 30 years. She developed an interest in this area of nursing when teaching undergraduate nursing students in Houston, Texas, and this excitement for further knowledge and understanding of this content area encouraged her to pursue a doctor of jurisprudence degree. Over the years, she has attended multiple workshops and conferences, updating and expanding her knowledge base regarding both the legal and ethical aspects of nursing practice. Dr Guido also continues to publish and present on legal and ethical issues with special emphasis in a variety of clinical practice settings. She remains active in nursing education and is currently employed as the Regional Director for Nursing and Assistant Dean, College of Nursing, Washington State University Vancouver. 

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