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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.
Telehealth: Past, Present, Future
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