Telenursing: Nursing Practice in Cyberspace

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This is the first book to explore this emergent role of the nursing profession. It examines the unique legal, regulatory and professional issues this neoteric mode of nursing practice presents. Telenursing as a subset of telehealth is defined and a review of its history, present status, and future in the U.S. health care system is discussed. Concomitant legal accountability and risk for malpractice liability are examined. Risk management strategies and survival tactics in the event of a lawsuit are presented—particularly the legal significance of, and essential need for, defensive nursing documentation. A brief overview of malpractice law is provided and the essentials of requisite malpractice insurance for the telenurse practitioner are outlined.

The book also addresses a number of other professional, regulatory, and licensure issues, particularly the contentious issue of multistate licensing and the various models to facilitate it that are being offered, and rejected, by nursing organizations and associations. The anticipated changes in our health care delivery system that will be engendered by breakthroughs in science and technology are described. The implications of such changes for patients as consumers of health care are analyzed—particularly the privacy and confidentiality of electronic medical records.

This book examines the unique legal, regulatory, and professional issues nursing practice presents.

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Editorial Reviews

Focuses on the application of telenursing in the provision of nursing care for patients at sites remote from the provider (not on computer technology). Written as a reference for students and practicing nurses, the book presents the findings of researchers in the field and offers guidelines in the delivery of services. Sharpe retired from active practice as a pediatric clinical nurse specialist. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780865693043
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/1/2001
  • Pages: 280
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Meet the Author

CHARLES C. SHARPE is retired from an active practice as a Pediatric Clinical Nurse Specialist and adjunct nursing faculty of several colleges.

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Table of Contents



Telehealth: Past, Present, Future

Nursing Informatics

American Nurses Association Initiatives in Telenursing

The National Council of State Boards of Nursing

Licensure Issues in Telenursing

Multistate Licensure Issues in Telenursing

The National Council of State Boards of Nursing Mutual Recognition Model for Nursing Regulation and the Interstate Nurse Licensure Compact

The American Nurses Association Position on Multistate Licensure and the Compact

Telenursing and the Nursing Profession

Educating Nurses About Telenursing and Tele-technology

Telenursing and Nursing Practice

Telephone Triage and Consultation as a Subset of Telenursing

Advanced Practice Nurses in Telenursing

Legal Issues in Telenursing

Nursing Malpractice Liability in Telenursing

Telehealth and the Health Care Consumer

Privacy and Confidentiality Issues in Telehealth

Privacy and Confidentiality of Computerized Medical Records



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