Legal and Ethical Issues in Nursing Practice

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Course Description:
This course is an introduction to contemporary ethical and legal issues encountered by health care providers in a wide array of settings. It will identify legal and ethical principles that create the underpinnings of decision-making in nursing and health care practice.


Course Details


Robbin Pumphrey


Required textbooks/ course materials:

Nguyen, J. (2019). Legal and ethical issues for health professions. (4th Ed.). St. Louis, MO: Elsevier. ISBN: 9780323496414


Assignment/course outline:

See first-day handout.


Discipline-level learning outcomes:

N1 Apply effective interpersonal relationship and leadership skills in the management concepts, decision making, delegation, and provision of high-quality nursing care in a variety of settings.

N2 Critically evaluate evidences-based findings from various sources, determine relevance and application to improve patient outcomes.

N3 Evaluate needs within various practices including acute care, long term care, and community settings and formulate teaching plans based on identified issues, and improved health care delivery.

N4 Serve as a change agent and client advocate in the practice of professional nursing with individuals, families, groups, and communities.

N5 Apply the nursing professional role and foundation, to promote effective teambuilding in the delivery of health teaching and counseling skills throughout the lifespan of the client.

N6 Identify and deliver culturally sensitive care to diverse populations served within various practice settings

Healthy People 2030

National Patient Safety Goals

ACEN Standards


Course-level learning outcomes:

Course-level student learning outcomesDiscipline-level learning outcomesAssessment methods
  • Describe scopes of practice and roles of health care team members.
  • Delineate general categories of errors and hazards in care.
  • Describe factors that create a culture of safety.
  • Describe processes used in understanding causes of error and allocation of responsibility and accountability.
  • Use information and technology to communicate, manage knowledge, mitigate error, and support decision making.

 N1-N6 for all

DB, RP, RPT, Proj


Means of accomplishing learning outcomes:

The instructor will assign and evaluate quizzes covering the reading assignments from the textbook. The instructor will assign and provide feedback to students on assignments: discussion boards, scholarly paper, PowerPoint presentation, and video interview.


Alternate Grading Scale

This course uses an alternate grading system that differs from the college-wide grading scale. The following scale indicates a student's standing in the course:
A – 90 – 100
B – 80 – 89
C – 75 – 79
D – 60 – 74
F – 59 or less

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