Law for Nurses and Midwives - 9th Edition - ISBN: 9780729543484, 9780729588058

Law for Nurses and Midwives

9th Edition

Authors: Patrici Staunton Mary Chiarella
Paperback ISBN: 9780729543484
eBook ISBN: 9780729588058
eBook ISBN: 9780729588041
Imprint: Elsevier
Published Date: 19th June 2020

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Law for Nurses and Midwives continues to be the definitive health law text for nursing and midwifery students who are required to consider legal, professional and ethical considerations as part of their tertiary studies.

The 9th edition includes the latest updates to case law and information on nursing and midwifery governance and professional practice standards, outlining a range of legal issues and responsibilities specific to both nursing and midwifery practice, including consent to treatment, confidentiality, professional negligence and professional ethics.

Written by the most eminent experts in nursing and midwifery law in Australia, Patricia Staunton and Mary Chiarella, Law for Nurses and Midwives provides a comprehensive and accessible resource for nursing and midwifery students to understand the relevance of legal issues to the provision of safe and effective healthcare.

Table of Contents

1 An introduction to the law and Australia’s legal system
2 The relationship between law and ethics
3 Professional negligence
4 Consent to treatment (including the right to withhold consent, end-of-life planning, not-for-resuscitation orders, and the right to detain and restrain patients without their consent)
5 The contract of employment (including workplace health and safety and workers compensation)
6 The administration of drugs
7 Documentation and confidentiality of and access to patient records (including e-records, incident reporting and open disclosure)
8 Professional regulation of nurses and midwives
9 The International Confederation of Midwives Code of ethics for midwives and the International Council of Nurses Code of ethics for nurses
10 Coronial jurisdiction
11 Human tissue transplantation
12 Mental health


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About the Authors

Patrici Staunton

Affiliations and Expertise

Judicial Member and Deputy President of the Industrial Relations Commission of NSW, Sydney, NSW, Australia

Mary Chiarella

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor of Nursing, University of Sydney, Sydney; Member, Clinical Ethics Advisory Council for NSW Health; Independent Board Member, Health Workforce Australia, NSW, Australia