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“Can I do that? Is it legal?” The Australian nurse’s cry for help

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posted on 06.12.2017, 00:00 by Pamela SavagePamela Savage, Cecily KnightCecily Knight, Bruce KnightBruce Knight
Australian registered nurses currently working in a broad variety of nursing areas are drawn from the former hospital-trained nurse system and tertiary educated university graduates. This population represent two very different educational preparations for practice. However, in regards to desiring “legal education,” they appear to be similar. There are constant requests for continuing education and high levels of anxiety about legal consequences in clinical practice. This article reports a study that attempted to identify the sources of that anxiety, identify gaps in learning, and seek direction for future law teaching strategies. However, the study found nurses’ anxiety was primarily related to system and organizational behaviors that they believed left them vulnerable. They lacked confidence in their capacity to defend themselves and grouped professional governance, legal, and discipline matters as a single threat, “the law.”

Funding

Category 1 - Australian Competitive Grants (this includes ARC, NHMRC)

History

Volume

14

Issue

2

Start Page

68

End Page

76

Number of Pages

9

eISSN

1938-2995

ISSN

1073-7472

Location

New York

Publisher

Krm Information Services, Inc.

Language

en-aus

Peer Reviewed

Yes

Open Access

No

External Author Affiliations

Faculty of Arts, Business, Informatics and Education; Faculty of Sciences, Engineering and Health; Learning and Teaching Education Research Centre (LTERC);

Era Eligible

Yes

Journal

Journal of Nursing Law

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