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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Kathleen M Woodruff, DNP (Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing)
Description: This is a comprehensive guide to the legal and ethical aspects of the advanced practice nursing (APN) role. The authors, both with law degrees, are uniquely prepared to educate nurses on this extremely complex area of nursing practice.
Purpose: The purpose is not only to provide a historical basis of the development of the APN role, but also to explore the legal and ethical challenges. It also provides current APNs with the tools to impact the law, ethics, and policy. Practical case presentations illustrate issues such as malpractice, contracts, and ethical conflicts.
Audience: This book is written for APNs in practice, nurse educators teaching in APN programs, and basic and applied nursing researchers who are studying phenomena of concern to APNs. It will be a helpful resource for lawyers and ethicists who work with APNs or in healthcare. The authors are experts in this field and are fluent in translating this information for advanced practice nurses.
Features: This is a wonderful resource that is both readable and practical for advanced practice nurses. It provides an interesting history of the origins and struggles of the APN role. It presents practical information on issues related to law/ethics, contract issues, malpractice, licensure, and practice regulations. It also educates readers in understanding the basics of creating change in practice within the legal and political arenas. The book also provides clear information regarding global nursing and the impact of international issues.
Assessment: This is an extremely valuable book for practicing APNs and students in APN programs. The authors demystify legal/ethical/political issues and make them understandable for advanced practice nurses. The authors help to focus APNs on these important and necessary aspects of nursing practice.