Analyze the process of writing prescriptions to avoid medication errors 0

Ethical and Legal Aspects of Prescribing

Responsibilities are given to him on whom trust rests. Responsibility is always a sign of trust.
—James Cash Penney

Nurses have been rated the most trusted professionals in the United States (CDC, 2012). With this trust comes a critical responsibility to maintain ethical and legal practices in order to preserve patient safety when treating patients and prescribing drugs. Since the scope of practice for advanced practice nurses is broadening, you will likely encounter new and complex ethical challenges in your clinical settings.

This week, you explore ethical and legal implications of prescribing drugs including disclosure, nondisclosure, and prescriptive authority. You also examine the process of writing prescriptions to avoid prescription drug errors.

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Learning Objectives

By the end of this week, students will:
  • Evaluate ethical and legal implications related to prescribing drugs
  • Analyze ethical and legal practices of prescribing drugs
  • Evaluate ethical and legal implications of disclosure and nondisclosure
  • Analyze the process of writing prescriptions to avoid medication errors
  • Understand and apply key terms, concepts, and principles related to ethical and legal aspects of prescribing
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