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  1. Hi all! I am working on a paper for jurisprudence and ran into a little problem. The topic is "Minor incident peer review". The direction that is surpassing my reading comprehension for whatever reason states:

    Discuss examples of how this topic relates to professional nursing practice.

    I am wondering how do you all interpret this? (Give your own understanding of what this is asking to do).
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  3. by   Esme12
    We are happy to help with home work but we won't do it for you. In order for me to help I need to know what class is this for and what semester are you? What do YOU think and what do YOU have so far?

    First ask your self what is jurisprudence? not normally a wiki fan but this is good......
    Jurisprudence is the study and theory of law. Scholars of jurisprudence, or legal theorists (including legal philosophers and social theorists of law), hope to obtain a deeper understanding of the nature of law, of legal reasoning, legal systems and of legal institutions. Modern jurisprudence began in the 18th century and was focused on the first principles of the natural law, civil law, and the law of nations. General jurisprudence can be broken into categories both by the type of question scholars seek to answer and by the theories of jurisprudence, or schools of thought, regarding how those questions are best answered. Contemporary philosophy of law, which deals with general jurisprudence, addresses problems in two rough groups:

    • 1.) Problems internal to law and legal systems as such.
    • 2.) Problems of law as a particular social institution as it relates to the larger political and social situation in which it exists.

    Answers to these questions come from four primary schools of thought in general jurisprudence:

    • Natural Law is the idea that there are rational objective limits to the power of legislative rulers. The foundations of law are accessible through human reason and it is from these laws of nature that human-created laws gain whatever force they have.
    • legal positivism, by contrast to natural law, holds that there is no necessary connection between law and morality and that the force of law comes from some basic social facts although positivists differ on what those facts are.
    • Legal realism is a third theory of jurisprudence which argues that the real world practice of law is what determines what law is; the law has the force that it does because of what legislators, judges, and executives do with it. Similar approaches have been developed in many different ways in sociology of law.
    • Critical Legal Studies is a younger theory of jurisprudence that has developed since the 1970s which is primarily a negative thesis that the law is largely contradictory and can be best analyzed as an expression of the policy goals of the dominant social group.

    The English term is based on the Latin word jurisprudentia: juris is the genative form of jus meaning "law", and prudentia means "prudence" (also: discretion, foresight, forethought, circumspection; refers to the exercise of good judgment, common sense, and even caution, especially in the conduct of practical matters). The word is first attested in English in 1628, at a time when the word prudence had the now obsolete meaning of "knowledge of or skill in a matter". The word may have come via the French jurisprudence.
    Next what is nursing jurisprudence.......
    Nursing jurisprudence is that area of law which is comprised of all legal rules and principles affecting the practice of nursing. Those laws (nursing practice acts) are typically within the functions of each state board of nursing. The state nursing boards license nurses based on those laws, and hold hearings regarding individual misconduct.

    How do you think this affects nursing practice?

    Here are some rules and reg's from Texas.......

  4. by   nurseprnRN
    Have you got a good understanding of what a "minor incident" is, and what "peer review" means? That should get you headed in the right direction.
  5. by   AutumnLeavesRN
    This is my last semester and its for Transition to the Profession course.

    A minor incident is something that does not indicate that the nurse's continuance of practice will pose a risk of harm to the patients or others (in my own words). The peer review process is a committee of your peers (other nurses) evaluating your performance to enhance patient safety and safe practice.

    My topic is minor incident peer review. The criteria says how does this topic relate to professional nursing practice or in other words:

    How does minor incident peer review (the whole process) relate to professional nursing practice and give examples? I am having trouble connecting it for some odd reason. Minor incident peer review (going before your peers regarding a minor incident, let's say, a one-time medication error, and going through the peer review then 'relating' that to professional nursing practice. I guess the word 'relating' is throwing me off.

    I may be reading too much into it, I'm not sure, but I was trying to see how it could be put another way.
  6. by   classicdame
    bascially you want to know what action constitutes a minor incident and what peer review can do to prevent it from becoming a major incident (one worthy of reporting to the BON).
  7. by   Esme12
    Under peer review an incident is examined and it is analyzed to see what went wrong and where.......that information is then converted into policy to improve the timeliness of an issue, the safety of the patient, or the efficiency of the issue will be improved. Many times it is a systems issue and long withstanding systems "we've always done it that way" that become modified and streamlined to imporve patient satisfaction and/or outcome.
  8. by   nurseprnRN
    Good. Now that you've defined your terms, you might want to think about how a standing system of peer review generally contributes to the quality of nursing practice. Do you think it might be helpful, have no influence, or be harmful? How, why?
    Last edit by nurseprnRN on Sep 19, '12 : Reason: clarity