ANA Code Of Ethics: Fundamental Legal Aspects

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Fundamental legal aspects of each case

The ANA Code of Ethics are used to help uphold fundamental legalities. When we look at the ethical responsibility and fundamental legalities that are associated with direct patient care and as it applies in the case study case study of patient Marianne, a 79 year-old female, who is brought to the emergency department with hemorrhagic stroke, a bad prognosis of recovering and she does not have an advance directive. The legal aspects of the legal responsibilities of the registered nurse who was a witness in a malpractice case of a nursing colleague that was found to be negligent in following the standards of the nursing practice.
The primary obligation of the nurse is to protect the patient’s best interest, maintaining safety, dignity and ethical accountability, which is essential in the first case of Marianne, as she is neurologically unstable and unable to have a voice in her care and does not have a living will. According to the ANA Code of Ethics, the nurse is responsible to provide the family with full disclosure about Marianne’s condition and inform the family of possible outcomes of having
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The nurse witnessed and reported to the hospital a direct violation of unsafe clinical practices of patient safety by a colleague and the hospital allowed the nurse to continue providing patient care, without consequence. The nurse is responsible, as defined the Code of Ethics, to report to the court the other instances she had recorded of the nurse on trial practicing unsafely. The nurse acting as a witness is also expected to be truthful and honest. If the nurse is questioned whether or not she observed the defendant being unsafe in any other situations, the nurse is required to answer honestly and provide what she observed her colleague doing, as it is her legal duty to the patients for her to provide factual

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