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Chapter-46 Ethical and Legal Aspects in Nursing

BOOK TITLE: Pocket Clinical Guide for Nursing Students

Author
1. Prakash P
ISBN
9789352701933
DOI
10.5005/jp/books/14242_47
Edition
1/e
Publishing Year
2018
Pages
3
Author Affiliations
1. College of Nursing, Pondicherry Institute of Medical Sciences, Puducherry, India, Pondicherry Institute of Medical Sciences, Puducherry, India
Chapter keywords
Ethical aspect, legal aspect, ethical principle, intentional tort, unintentional tort, ethical dilemma, ethical distress

Abstract

This chapter describes ethical and legal aspects in nursing. Duty of care is a fundamental aspect of nursing, and many nurses consider this to be an important part of their professional duties as a nurse. Ethical principles in nursing include respect the person, equality, veracity, confidentiality (promote privacy and holding the secrets of patients), nonmaleficence, beneficence, autonomy, justice, fidelity, and principles of totality and integrity. Ethical theories and model of ethical decision making are also discussed in the table format.

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