Law for Nurses and Midwives


  • Patricia Staunton, RN, CM, LLB, MCrim; Barrister-at-Law of the Inner Temple, London, Judicial Member and Deputy President of the Industrial Relations Commission of NSW, Sydney, NSW, Australia
  • Mary Chiarella, RN, RM, LLB (Hons), PhD (UNSW), Professor, Clinical Practice Development and Policy Research, University of Technology, Sydney, NSW, Australia

This title is directed primarily towards health care professionals outside of the United States. Nursing & the Law is the best known and most established health law textbook in Australia. The only law text written specifically for nurses, the 6th edition has been fully revised and updated, and includes and discusses current statutes and legislation for every state and territory. It retains many of the features that have kept this book at the forefront of nursing education and
focuses on the legal responsibility of nurses in Australia. It provides students with an understanding of the application of basic legal principles to professional nursing practice.
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Undergraduate nursing students


Book information

  • Published: November 2007
  • ISBN: 978-0-7295-7834-9

Table of Contents

Ch 1 Introduction to the law

Ch 2 The relationship between law and ethics

Ch 3 Negligence and vicarious liability

Ch 4 Consent to treatment

Ch 5 The contract of employment including occupational health and safety and workers compensation

Ch 6 The administration of drugs

Ch 7 Report writing; confidentiality of and access to patient records

Ch 8 Professional regulation of nursing practice

Ch 9 Coroners’ court

Ch 10 Human tissue transplantation

Ch 11 Mental health