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Nursing Ethics by Nisha Clement

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Chapter 21

Ethical and Legal Issues in Psychiatric Nursing

LEARNING OBJECTIVES
  1. Definition and legal and ethical rights of mentally ill patients
  2. Medical laws for psychiatric patients
  3. Ethical and legal responsibilities and role of a psychiatric nurse
21.1 INTRODUCTION

Mental health nursing is a field that is very complex and difficult to handle since it involves patients with different psychiatric illnesses, and the related ethical and legal issues are also important. A registered nurse experienced in psychiatric nursing should know all the legal rights and responsibilities of a psychiatric nurse, the legal and ethical issues that affect the care, the laws that control and regulate the care, and the ethical nursing principles to be followed. ...

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