Legal Dilemmas

Legal Dilemmas


Answer the 2nd Critical Thinking question at the end of Chapter 6: Write a 1000-1250 word essay addressing each of the questions. Be sure to completely answer all the questions for each bullet point. There should be at least six sections, one for each question. Separate each section in your paper with a clear heading that allows your professor to know which bullet you are addressing in that section of your paper. Support your ideas with at least four (4) citations in your essay. Make sure to reference the citations using the APA writing style for the essay. The cover page and reference page do not count towards the minimum word amount. Review the rubric criteria for this assignment.

Critical thinking question =

One day, Linda arrives at work on the behavioral care unit. She is informed that the staffing office has requested that a nurse from the psychiatric unit report to the intensive care unit (ICU). They need help in caring for an agitated car accident victim with a history of schizophrenia.     Linda goes to the ICU and joins a nurse named Corey in providing care for the patient. Eventually, the patient is stabilized and goes to sleep, and Corey leaves the unit for a break. Because Linda is unfamiliar with the telemetry equipment, she fails to recognize that the patient is having an arrhythmia, and the patient experiences a cardiopulmonary arrest. Although he is successfully resuscitated, he suffers permanent brain damage.

Right to practice section must answer:

a. Can Linda legally practice in this situation? (That is, does her RN license permit her to practice in the intensive care unit?)

Ability to practice section must answer:

b. Does the ability to practice legally in an area differ from the ability to practice competently in that area?

Assignment Refusal section must answer:

c. Did Linda have any legal or ethical grounds to refuse the assignment to the intensive care unit?

Unprepared for Practice section must answer:

d. What are the risks in accepting an assignment in an area of specialty in which you are professionally unprepared to practice?

Retaliation Risks section must answer:

e. Would there have been any way for Linda to minimize the risk of retaliation by the employer had she refused the assignment?

Hospital Negligence section must answer:

f. If Linda is negligent, is the hospital liable for any harm to the patient caused by her?

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