The Legal, Professional, and Ethical Dimensions of Education in Nursing, Second Edition / Edition 2

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The only volume on higher education law written specifically for nursing faculty, this volume imparts the basic foundations of the legal, professional, and ethical issues that concern faculty on a daily basis. It clearly defines the legal rights of students, professors, and educational institutions along with the case laws supporting those rights. Each chapter contains a vivid legal scenario, related legal principles and theoretical foundations, and critical thinking questions. Written by an author who is both a nurse educator and attorney, the volume emphasizes sound decision making so that readers can successfully navigate the complex legal issues confronting them in the faculty role.

This second edition reflects recent changes in higher education and includes an emphasis on students' rights and safety. Chapters address the general legal rights of students with expanded content on the interplay with social media, rights of faculty regarding freedom of speech, faculty protection against lawsuits, faculty and the employment relationship, faculty relations, the teaching and scholarship roles of faculty, the service and clinical practice role of faculty, and ethical considerations for patients, students, and faculty in education environments. Appendices include information on how to read a legal case and how to research legal topics.

Key Features:

  • Addresses the foundations of the legal, professional, and ethical issues that concern nursing faculty on a daily basis
  • Defines the legal rights of students, professors, and educational institutions and the case laws supporting those rights
  • Includes a legal scenario, related principles and theory, and critical thinking questions in each chapter
  • Provides guidelines for legally appropriate actions and strategies to avoid legal problems
  • Reflects recent changes in higher education
  • Emphasizes students' rights and safety
  • Author is perfectly credentialed (JD & PhD) and experienced (Professor, Dean, and experienced Attorney at Law) to write this book


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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780826199539
  • Publisher: Springer Publishing Company, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 11/14/2011
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 396
  • Sales rank: 425,760
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Mabel Smith, BSN, MN, JD, PhD, is Dean and Professor at the University of Southern Nevada School of Nursing. Dr. Smith has many years of experience in nursing, teaching, administration, and law. In her role as Founding Dean and Professor of the University of South Nevada she was responsible for the development and operation of a BSN program. As a practicing attorney she conducted bench and/or jury trials in the areas of domestic relations, criminal law, medical malpractice, and personal injury. She has authored over 26 journal articles on legal issues. Most recently, Dr. Smith conducted a Webinar for the Center for American Nurses on Emerging Legal Issues in Higher Education. She published the first edition of The Legal, Professional, and Ethical Dimensions of Higher Education.

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Table of Contents

Part I - The Legal Framework of Higher Education Environments

Ch. 1: The legal rights of students

Ch. 2: The legal rights of students and faculty related to freedom of speech

Ch. 3: Faculty protection against lawsuits

Ch. 4: Faculty and the employment relationship

Part II - The Professional Framework Governing the Educator's Role

Ch. 5: Faculty relations in academic environments

Ch. 6: The teaching role of faculty

Ch. 7: The scholarship role of faculty

Ch. 8: The service/practice role of nursing faculty

Part III - Ethical Framework of Higher Education

Ch. 9: Ethical considerations in education environments

App. A: How to read a legal case

App. B: How to research legal topics



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