Course Number & Name:  PLS 211 Medical Legal Ethics

Credit Hours:  3.0             Contact Hours:  3.0          Lecture:  3.0       Lab:  N/A             Other:  N/A

Concurrent Courses: Grade of “C” or better in PLS 108

Course Description: This course primarily focuses on the legal and ethical rights of both the client and the professional registered nurse who is working as a legal nurse consultant and/or nurse paralegal. Emphasis is placed on knowing the responsibilities and obligations of the currently practicing professional registered nurse and the professional practice of the legal nurse consultant and nurse paralegal in a constantly changing health care and legal environment. The student will study the ethical codes of the major medical and legal professional organizations as set forth by the ABA, ANA, AMA, AALNC, NALA, and NFPA. The student will be encouraged to use these ethical and legal codes as a basis to examine and analyze the implications for legal and ethical decision making in patient care situations. Structured practice exercises selected from actual work settings will assist the student in learning how to incorporate these fundamental ethical and legal principles into the role of the professional legal nurse practitioner.  The student is also required know the law promulgated by the New Jersey Board of Nursing through instruments such as the New Jersey Nurse Practice Act and  relevant statutory laws in selected titles of the New Jersey Statutes Annotated (NJSA).

<!–Course Goals: Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to do the following:

  1. define, discuss, and explain ethics;
  2. define, discuss, and explain medical and legal ethics;
  3. define, discuss, and explain standards of care;
  4. discuss and explain the purpose of policies and procedures;
  5. distinguish negligence from malpractice;
  6. analyze various aspects of patient records; and
  7. draft legal documents and presentations.


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