Ethical Legal Dilemmas in Nursing

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Ethical Legal Dilemma in Advanced Practice Nursing

Ethical Legal Dilemma in Advanced Practice Nursing The profession of advanced practice nursing is characterized by several attributes, one of them being the delicate balance between the law and the ethical code. One may argue that the legal system was designed around ethical principles but in the following paper, the author will attempt to point out the distinctions that separate and define legal and ethical reasoning. A thorough discussion regarding legal interpretation, coherence and logic will be supported by case law as well as analysis. In contrast, the function, problem and logic of ethical reasoning will be outlined along with
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As a significant number of patients seen by dermatologists have skin disease complicated by a psychiatric condition, dermatologists must be familiar with antipsychotic medications (Ghosh, Behere, Sharma & Sreejayan, 2013). Traditional dermatology does not usually emphasize psychiatric management, but cases such as this one can support such methodology. Application of ethical-legal standards can be supported by published literature.
Legal Analysis As an advanced practice nurse, the concept of legal analysis must be understood within the context of medical decision making. One must be familiar with the legal implications of one’s actions and be able to examine the facts in order to make a supported decision (Klaassen, Smith & Witt, 2011). As the NP understands the role of the medical professional in the diagnosis and treatment of a multifaceted condition, the analysis must reflect current knowledge regarding treatment parameters and accepted protocol. In addition, feasibility and establishment of goals must be clearly defined in order to defend treatment activities.
Ethical Dilemmas It can be difficult for practitioners to treat delusional patients with DP as the patient may not have the capacity to understand their condition. By prescribing an anti-parasitic as requested by the patient, the ethical principle of beneficence may be violated as the medication would not be of any benefit to him. In addition, by not fully explaining the disease


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