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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Lori L. Popejoy, PhD, APRN, BC (University of Missouri-Columbia)
Description: With this book the author offers an overview of the legal precepts associated with long-term care administration.
Purpose: The book is intended to help the long-term care administrator become familiar with the legal considerations of the industry.
Audience: The materials are to be used by long-term care administrators. However, the book would also be helpful to professional nurses, licensed practical nurses, and medical directors.
Features: Areas of the law associated with long-term management are covered, such as tort law, liability, labor law and labor relations, protective arrangements for people and property, and the judiciary system. More discussion of the various State Nurse Practice acts, and the need for nurses to be fully aware of the responsibilities and limits of their practice would have been helpful. Often directors of nursing and administrators would benefit from more knowledge of what to expect from professional staff.
Assessment: This book is an excellent resource about the laws that affect long-term care. It is easy to read and offers a basic review of important principles specific to the legal aspects of running a nursing home.