Quote from kathys
Why do colleges and hospitals not thoroughly educate nurses about the law and what we should know as practicing nurses?
I agree with your thoughts, too.
I know in the ED...there are so many changing laws that there is "grey" area everywhere.
We are mandated reporters of elder and child abuse.
What about domestic violence. We have a policy to notify law enforcement if we have knowledge of a crime. What if the patient doesn't want to press charges? What if the patient doesn't want to let ANYONE know they are in the ER or release their medical information? With the new HIPAA laws...life has become very complex!
And what about minors?
What IS the age of consent..exactly?
They cannot "legally" consent for sex until they are 18 (statutory rape laws)...but they can consent for their own treatment for asexually related problems without parental consent at age 12? So has a law been broken or not? Do I have a role in that or not?
How about giving BAL levels to law enforcement?
Are we violating a patient's HIPAA rights?
If they haven't been ticketed for DUI and they come back with high BALs...do we report that?
It is very mucky out there trying to do the right thing by your patient AND society.