Differentiate between legal and ethical issues and apply principles of law and ethics that influence nursing practice.Identify the legal and ethical roles and responsibilities of professional nurses, including responses to critical incidents and vulnerable populations. Explore the ethical, legal and professional frameworks that underpin professional nursing in Australia.

K1 – Explore the ethical, legal and professional frameworks that underpin professional
nursing in Australia.
K2 – Discuss the application of these frameworks in relation to scope of practice and
professional nursing practice.
K4 – Identify the legal and ethical roles and responsibilities of professional nurses, including
responses to critical incidents and vulnerable populations.
S1 Critically analyse and demonstrate an understanding of legal and ethical issues for health
care.
S2 – Explain the scope of practice and professional regulation of nursing.
S3 – Investigate methods of managing information effectively from a legal perspective, in
maintaining freedom of information and consumer rights as a health professional.
S4 – Analyse the outcomes of the application of professional frameworks for the nurse and
individuals, groups, communities and populations.
A1 – Differentiate between legal and ethical issues and apply principles of law and ethics that
influence nursing practice.
A2 – Demonstrate knowledge of common law and statute law pertinent to health professional
practice.
A3 -Demonstrate knowledge of the requirements for professional regulation and nursing
registration.

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Assessment task 2: Essay plus reflection
Due Date: 18th May 2020 @ 12:00 midday
Length: 2000 word count.
Overall weighting of the Assessment task: 60% of overall mark.
Intended Learning Outcomes covered.
K1 – Explore the ethical, legal and professional frameworks that underpin professional
nursing in Australia.
K2 – Discuss the application of these frameworks in relation to scope of practice and
professional nursing practice.
K4 – Identify the legal and ethical roles and responsibilities of professional nurses, including
responses to critical incidents and vulnerable populations.
S1 Critically analyse and demonstrate an understanding of legal and ethical issues for health
care.
S2 – Explain the scope of practice and professional regulation of nursing.
S3 – Investigate methods of managing information effectively from a legal perspective, in
maintaining freedom of information and consumer rights as a health professional.
S4 – Analyse the outcomes of the application of professional frameworks for the nurse and
individuals, groups, communities and populations.
A1 – Differentiate between legal and ethical issues and apply principles of law and ethics that
influence nursing practice.
A2 – Demonstrate knowledge of common law and statute law pertinent to health professional
practice.
A3 -Demonstrate knowledge of the requirements for professional regulation and nursing
registration.
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A4 – Maintain consumer rights and a person-centred focus that is legally and ethically sound
in clinical decision-making.
Task description
Essay Topic
Critically identify and discuss the relevant legal and ethical considerations in relation to
the case study.
Focus on the following areas:
• The Australian Charter of Health Care Rights;
• Consent, confidentiality and privacy;
• Duty of care / breach of duty of care;
• Elements required for an action of medical negligence;
• The four (4) main bioethical principles, according to Beauchamp and Childress,
Atkins et al (2017) and how each of these apply to this case study.
The resources you will need to refer to for this task are:
• A MINIMUM of 10 references – including some of those from Tasks 1a & 1b.
• Content from Modules 1-10
• Case study provided
Detailed Instructions:
1. Read the clinical scenario on page 6 of this document and identify the pertinent
legal and ethical considerations from a nursing perspective.
2. Write a response to the essay topic using essay structure with an introduction,
body paragraphs – that include the key points listed above – and conclusion (see detailed
instructions on page 3).
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3. Ensure your essay is a word document – not a PDF or in any other form – it must be
a word document
4. Submit your essay with reference list to Turnitin (Moodle submission point:
Assessment Task 2 – DRAFT essay)
5. Review your Turnitin similarity report and make any changes to your essay to
improve your referencing or inclusion of evidence for your final draft.
6. Write a brief reflection in your final draft (after the reference list) on your
Turnitin similarity report and any changes you made (see detailed instructions on
page 4).
5. Submit your essay final draft (revised version) (Moodle submission point: Assessment
Task 2 – Essay Submission.)
Essay Writing Requirements
Introduction structure:
-Background information that introduces the topic.
-Description of the issues related to this topic
-Direct response to the essay topic
-Overview of main areas to be discussed in body paragraphs
Body paragraphs:
Logically structured body paragraphs that include supporting evidence from academic
sources. Use topic sentences for your body paragraphs, do not use headings.
E.g. Paragraph 1
Topic sentence outlining first issue in your own words (concept/principle etc.)
Evidence to support explanations. (Relate to case study and use references)
Concluding sentence
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Paragraph 2
Topic sentence outlining first issue in your own words (concept/principle etc.)
Evidence to support explanations. (Relate to case study and use references)
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Concluding sentence
Paragraph 3
Paragraph 4…. And so on.
Conclusion:
Logically structured conclusion (no references):
-Restate your topic
-Summarise your main points
-Finish with concluding remarks or recommendations
Reference list:
References used should be no more than 7 years old unless of historical significance and/or of
specific relevance to the topic. References must be a mixture of books and peer reviewed
journal articles. (Dictionaries or Wikipedia are not be considered a primary reference and,
therefore, will not be counted in the reference count.)
Compile your reference list in alphabetical order and according to APA 7th formatting
Advice on word limit
All of the following will be counted within your word list – Direct quotes, citations,
appendices or direct quotes must be limited to no more than 50 words.
Reference lists will not be counted in the word limit.
Reflection: (Include after the Reference List).
• Included in the total word count
• Write 50-100 words reflecting on the Similarity report that you received after you
submitted your first draft to Turnitin.
• Your reflection should include:
o A summary in your own words of what your Similarity report contained
o Comments on any changes that you made to the final essay in relation to the
Turnitin similarity report and/or potential plagiarism (lack of in-text citations).
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o Comment on what you have learned from this drafting process.
Formatting:
• Student name and student ID number at the top of the page within header.
• Page numbers at the bottom of the page
• Font: Your essay should be in 12 point Times New Roman or 11 point Arial.
• Spacing – set your spacing to 1.5
• Indents or breaks – Leave a space of one line between paragraphs rather than
indenting the first line.
Submission Instructions:
• Your name should be included in the assessment task in the following format
on the front page:
studentnamestudentnumberNURBN1001ASSESSMENT2.docx
(e.g. janesmith000000NURBN1001ASSESSMENT2.docx)
• You are required to submit the assessment as a Microsoft Word file (.doc/.docx)
NOT PDF or any other form it must be a word document via the
corresponding Assessment Task 2 Turnitin submission point in the Assessment
area in Moodle.
• Feedback and a grade for this assessment task will be provided in Turnitin with your
results at the end of the semester.
Cover Page:
• Include the following items on your cover page:
 Name and Student Number
 Your campus
 Title of the course – NURBN 1001
 The course coordinator’s name
 The number of words in your paper
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Case Study:
Doris, a 79 year old female who lived with her 88 year old husband, Peter, was brought
into hospital via ambulance following a fall at their home. Prior to the fall, she was
active and mobile, caring for both herself and Peter at home independently.
Following assessment in the Emergency Department, x-rays revealed that Doris had
fractured her right hip and required surgery to repair the fracture. Doris was confused
and agitated, did not know where she was or what had happened to her. She was
admitted to the orthopaedic ward and Peter was with Doris when the orthopaedic
surgeon came to see Doris. The doctor did not explain the proposed procedure and
Peter was asked to sign the blank consent form for Doris as her next of kin.
The nurse caring for Doris spent time talking with both Doris and Peter. During the
conversation, Peter identified that he had problems with his memory too and sometimes
got lost when driving home from the shops and couldn’t find his way home. On one
occasion a neighbour found him sitting in the car and drove him home. He also said he
sometimes forgot how to turn on the washing machine and had forgotten to turn off the
stove a couple of times. Peter said that he hadn’t told his General Practitioner as he
didn’t want to bother him.
The nurse had concerns about Peters’ ability to understand the proposed operative
procedure and to legally provide consent for Doris and contacted the surgeon. The
surgeon replied that as the consent form had been signed that was sufficient and the
surgery would proceed. The nurse discussed her concerns with her Nurse Unit
Manager who told her to document them in Doris’s medical chart.
Before Doris went to the operating theatre, Peter and Doris’s neighbour, Bert, came to
visit Doris. Bert stated to the nurse that he had lived next to Doris and Peter for over 25
years and for the past two years had dropped in every day to see how they were. He
said that he regularly helped them with their shopping, paid their bills and that they
considered him their unofficial son. Bert said that he would be happy to sign a consent
form if needed. The nurse went off duty and did not take any further action regarding
the consent form for Doris’s procedure.
The orthopaedic surgeon decided to take the afternoon off duty to play golf and
delegated Doris’s operation to a junior doctor to perform alone. Due to his
inexperience, the junior doctor significantly injured Doris’s hip and she suffered
continual pain and decreased mobility following the procedure.

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Check List
-Re-read the assessment task topic and instructions: have you answered what is being asked
and included all areas for discussion?
-Have you reviewed the marking guide and checked each criterion against your assignment?
-Is your essay in a word document – not a pdf or any other form it must be a word
document.
-Did you submit your first draft of your essay into the ASSESSMENT TASK 2 – draft essay
submission point?
-Have you included a brief reflection on your first draft similarity report after your reference
list?
-Have your reviewed your spelling, punctuation and grammar?
-Submit your FINAL submission (essay plus reflection) to the Assessment Task 2 – FINAL
Essay submission point.