Criminal Prosecution for Nursing Practice

 

Criminal Prosecution for Nursing Practice

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Case Study:

Until recently, the risk of criminal prosecution for nursing practice was nonexistent unless nursing action rose to the level of criminal intent, such as the case of euthanasia leading to murder charges. However, in April 1997, three nurses at the Centura St. Anthony Hospital, outside of Denver, were indicted by a Colorado grand jury for criminally negligent homicide in the death of a newborn. Public records show that one nurse was assigned to care for the baby. A second nurse offered to assist her colleague in caring for the baby. A third nurse was a nurse practitioner in the hospital nursery. Because the baby was at risk for congenital syphilis, the physician ordered that the nurses give 150,000 units of intramuscular penicillin, which would have required five separate injections.

In relation to other problems the same day, the baby was subjected to a lumbar puncture, which required six painful attempts. To avoid inflicting further pain, nurse two asked the nurse practitioner whether there was another route available for the administration of the penicillin. Nurse two and the nurse practitioner searched recognized pharmacology references and determined that intravenous administration would be acceptable. The nurse practitioner had the authority to change the route and directed nurse two to administer the medication intravenously rather than intramuscularly. Unrecognized by the nurses, the pharmacy erroneously delivered the medication, prepared and ready to administer, in a dose ten times greater than was ordered—1.5 million units. As nurse two was administering the medication intravenously, the baby died. The Colorado Board of Nursing initiated disciplinary proceedings against nurse two and the nurse practitioner, but not against nurse one. The grand jury indicted all three nurses on charges of criminally negligent homicide but did not indict the pharmacist (Calfee & Plum, 1997).

Respond to the following with these headings:

  • Identify what emotions are evoked as you consider the Colorado Board of Nursing case stated above?
  • Should the courts take into consideration the fact that the nurses’ error occurred because they wanted to avoid causing the baby unnecessary pain? Discuss your thinking.
  • Can you think of other occupations in which the consequences of unintentional errors have greater legal implications? Discuss your answer.
  • How should the nursing profession respond to this frightening new legal threat?
  • Which sections of the State Nurse Practice Act did the nurses violate?

 

 
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Define, in your own words, quantitative research.

 

qualitative

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Using the knowledge and insights gained from the textbook and other reliable sources answer the following.

  1. Define, in your own words, quantitative research.
  2. Locate and cite two different types of qualitative research articles related to your this question: In older women how does cranberry compared to low-dose antibiotic therapy reduce the incidence of recurrent UTI’s in 6 months? .
  3. Provide a brief explanation of each design.
  4. Identify a potential quantitative research study that is important to nursing and describe which design you would use for this study, why you would use that design, and how the information generated from the study could be applied in nursing practice.
  5. Reflect on the value of quantitative research adding to the science, knowledge, and practice of nursing.

 

 
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Explain the skills and knowledge an HR Manager needs in a hospital and how these skills and knowledge can be used to help attract and retain nurses.

 

ssignment 2: Case Study—Shortage of Nurses

Writing Assignment

Read the Businessweek Case: A Critical Shortage of Nurses from chapter 2 in your text book. Use the Argosy University online library for additional research, and do the following:click here for more information on this paper

  • In 1-2 paragraphs, summarize the case and your research that relates to the case.
  • Based on your research, explain at least three trends which you believe are contributing to the nursing shortage. Justify your response.
  • Based on your research, explain at least three HR trends and practices which might help hospitals recruit and retain enough nurses. Justify your response.
  • Explain the skills and knowledge an HR Manager needs in a hospital and how these skills and knowledge can be used to help attract and retain nurses.

Write a 3-page paper in Word format. Apply current APA standards for writing style to your work. Utilize at least three outside resources, one of which may be your text book, in formulating your response.

Use the following file naming convention: LastnameFirstInitial_M2_A2.doc. For example, if your name is John Smith, your document will be named SmithJ_M2_A2. doc.

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Assignment 2 Grading Criteria Maximum Points
Clearly and concisely summarized the case and research that relates to the case in 1-2 paragraphs. 10
Identified, explained, and justified at least three trends affecting the nursing shortage. 25
Identified, explained, and justified at least three HR trends and practices which might help hospitals recruit and retain enough nurses. 25
Explained the skills and knowledge an HR Manager needs in a hospital and how these skills and knowledge can be used to help attract and retain nurses. 25
Applied current APA standards for editorial style, expression of ideas, and format of text, citations, and references. Supported assertions with examination of evidence by using appropriate sources (at least 3). Demonstrated a thorough and complete understanding of the concepts. 15
Total: 100

 

 
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Describe an experience in your clinical practice in which you used nursing clinical judgment based on the holistic model.

 

Holistic Model of Nursing

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Question 1

Using the South University Online Library, research the holistic model within the nursing profession.

Based on your research, complete the following tasks:

  • Describe an experience in your clinical practice in which you used nursing clinical judgment based on the holistic model. How did you use the nursing process in that example?

Question 2

Using the South University Online Library, choose two cultures other than your own. Research how illness is viewed in those cultures. Based on your research, respond to the following:

  • How would you go about providing care to patients of these cultures? Make a checklist of points to be kept in mind when caring for patients from these cultures.

 

 
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