To inform the public, allow for self-regulation of the profession (autonomy), identify standards, provide a sign of commitment, outline major ethical considerations, and remind nurses of their responsibility
What are the 9 major themes cited in ANAs code of ethics provisions?
1. Nurse respects all clients 2. Primary commitment is to client 3. Support client's health, safety, and rights 4. Nurse is accountable for individual and delegated tasks 5. Self-care of nurse 6. Quality of health care and healthcare employment 7. Advancement of profession 8. Promotion of meeting healthcare locally and globally 9. Articulation of nursing values and integrity
Designated to protect healthcare providers who provide assistance at the scene of an emergence against claims of professional negligence unless it can be shown there was gross departure form normal standards or willful wrongdoing
Patient Self-Determination Act
Written notification upon admission of patient right to refuse medical care/advance directives
American with Disability Act
Prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability in employment, public services, and public accommodations
Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act
Protect privacy of health information; includes a national standard format for electronic transfer of information, standardized numbers for identifying providers, employers, and health plans; enforcement of the security rule (confidentiality, integrity, and availability of ePHI) and enforcement of the privacy rule (access to med records, restrict access, request changes, learn how have been accessed)
What is the purpose of the Nurse Practice Act?
To legally define scope of practice and legally control nursing practice through licensing requirements
What is the purpose of the State Boards of Nursing?
To make rules and regulations for further definition of the Nursing Practice Act, enforce Practice Act including disciplinary action, providing licensure exams, and licensure of nurses including by endorsement