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LEGAL AND ETHICAL ISSUES

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SEE CASES STUDY BELOW. Identify the legal and ethical dilemmas presented by the case. In a 2 page paper (exclusive of title and reference pages) prepared in APA format, present a solution to the dilemma addressed in the case study. Discuss (present arguments for and against) the solution by presenting the regulatory, criminal, or civil environment and concerns. Discuss the solution by presenting ethical concerns, and validate the process used to come to an ethical decision in the solution. Support your arguments with appropriate citations from current literature. This paper will be evaluated based upon the effective presentation of the following points. SEE BELOW 
Assignment Grading Criteria
Maximum Points
The introduction summarizes the case and solution
20 POINTS 
The identification of the case as an ethical dilemma of caring versus an ethical dilemma of justice is provided. 60 POINTS 
An identification and analysis of the regulatory, criminal, or civil environment or concerns is presented. 60 POINTS 
An identification and analysis of the ethical concerns is presented. Supporting evidence is presented for each point. 60 POINTS 
The conclusion summarizes the case, presents conclusions, but does not introduce new facts.
40 POINTS 
The conclusion is supported by the discussion.
20 POINTS 
Used APA style (which includes grammar, spelling, and punctuation, as well as formatting).
40 POINTS 
Total:
300 POINTS 
NEEDS AT LEAST 2 REFERENCES FROM JOURNAL ARTICLES. PAPER NEEDS INTRODUCTION AND CONCLUSION PARAGRAPHS. A PARAGRAPH IS AT 4-5 SENTENCES. 
CASE STUDY: 
Laura is a nurse working in the Intensive Care Unit of Purple Valley hospital. The physician tells Laura that she needs to give an injection of Vistaril to a patient. Laura makes sure that the order is documented in the medical record. The medication comes up from the pharmacy, she checks it against the physician’s order, and finds it to be correct. She walks into the patient’s room and checks the patient’s identification to make sure it is the right patient. She gives the injection in the patient’s right upper outer quadrant of the buttocks, and documents this in the medical record. The patient leaves the hospital. A year later, Laura is told that a lawsuit has been filed against the hospital by the patient. It seems the patient is claiming that the injection Laura gave him caused sciatic nerve damage, and his whole leg is numb. Answer the following questions.
1. Who may have malpractice liability in this situation and why?
2. What defenses might be available to Laura?
3. Was Laura in compliance with the State Nurse Practice Act?


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