Year No. Offer Mode Description Cred. Pts 97 67534 S2 X NURSING AND THE LAW 1.00
The expectations of an experienced Registered Nurse include a cognisance of the law of their country. If they commit a crime unwittingly they cannot plead ignorance to exempt them from the consequences of their actions. In practice, Registered Nurses are faced with many complex legal dilemmas that challenge them to make decisions that will both safeguard themselves and ensure safe practice. To do so effectively, these practitioners need to have a high level of understanding and knowledge of the relevant legal concepts and principles pertaining to their practice.
This unit focuses on law for the experienced Registered Nurse. It will increase the students' knowledge and understanding of the legal aspects of the relevant Acts and Regulations with regard to their nursing practice.
On successful completion of this unit students will be able
- Ways in which experienced Registered Nurses can be 20.00 responsible at law - Contract of employment - Registration and practice
- Consent 20.00 - those considered legally incompetent - ethical challenges to obtaining an informed consent - negligence - Duty of Care - emergencies - informed consent, false imprisonment, battery/assault
- Complex Legal Dilemmas 20.00 - documentation and reporting - record keeping/confidentiality/privacy - Poisons Act/phone orders/transcribing
- Criminal law and Nursing Practice 20.00 - state involvement in birth and death: registration and coronial inquiries
- Mental Health 20.00
Wallace, M. 1995, Health Care and the Law, The Law Book Co Ltd, NSW.
Journal of Law and Medicine, The Law Book Co Ltd.
McFarlane, P. 1993, Health Law, The Federation Press, NSW.
McFarlane, P. & Leg, S. 1993, Queensland Health Law Handbook,
Queensland Department of Health, Queensland.
Staunton & Whyburn 1993, Nursing and the Law, W.B. Saunders, Sydney.
ACTIVITY HOURS Directed Study 50 Private Study 100
No *F/S Marks Due Description Wtg(%) LBL 1 S 18/08/97 ESSAY (1500 WORDS) LEGAL ISSUES FOR RN'S 20.00 Y 2 S 15/09/97 REPORT (2000 WORDS) 30.00 Y 3 S 10/11/97 REPORT (3000 WORDS) 50.00 Y
The first of the two reports will be concerned with recommendations arising from case studies on Consent. The second of the two reports will be concerned with recommendations arising from an analysis of a complex clinical situation that requires a legal decision. In accordance with University policy and guidelines: 1 An examiner may grant an extension of the due date of an assignment in extenuating circumstances. 2 No assignments will be accepted for assessment purposes after assignments or model solutions have been released except in extenuating circumstances. 3 Assignments submitted after the due date without any extenuating circumstances will attract a penalty of at most 20% of the assignment mark for each working day late. 4 Students who submit an assignment after the due date and wish to claim extenuating circumstances, must provide documentary evidence with the assignment explaining the circumstances. 5 The unit examiner shall consider a claim for extenuating circumstances and decide on the outcome. 6 The decision of the Dean shall be final in any dispute that may arise in the implementation of these guidelines.