Legal & Ethics

Searching for transparency at Guantanamo Bay

A tour of the detainee facilities at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba leaves key questions unanswered.

Protecting yourself from malpractice claims

As nursing practice becomes more autonomous, nurses are becoming more vulnerable to lawsuits. Learn how to avoid being sued for malpractice and what to do if you are sued.

Last Breath: The ethics of pharmacologic paralysis

Should patients receive neuromuscular blockers while mechanical ventilation is withdrawn?

When patient privacy endangers staff

Examine the ethical and legal issues of patient privacy.
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Take Note – December 2006

CDC recommends HIV screening for everyone New recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) call for routine human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) screening for all patients ages 13 to 64. The screening approach...

Election Day 2006: It’s nurses’ time to be heard!

Make your voice heard on election day.

Update on Medicare Part D prescription drug program

Medicare's prescription drug program recuperates from its rocky debut; ANA endorses the Medicare Quality Enhancement Act.

Urge Congress to invest in nursing. Oppose the Healthcare Truth and Transparency Act.

The American Nurses Association (ANA) is seeking an increase of $25 million in FY 2007 funding for the Nursing Workforce Development programs administered by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). These programs, authorized...

Foundations for Practice and Action: Scope and Standards for Practice

New standards are a call to action.

Drug errors harm 1.5 million people each year, report finds

In a new report, the Institute of Medicine concludes that at least 25% of harmful adverse drug events are preventable, and recommends specific preventive actions for nurses and other healthcare workers.

Nursing’s ethical commitment to effective patient communication

Nurses need more than solid technical skills to provide ethical care. A recent AMA Ethical Force Program report casts a spotlight on effective patient communication as an essential component of care. This article points out parallels between the AMA report and the ANA's Code of Ethics.