Why Legal Knowledge is Important for Nurses

Why legal knowledge is important for nurses

Nurses are expected to function within the legislation, legal policies, statutes relevant to the profession and practice setting, and professional standards.
The standard of practice of the College of Nurses of Ontario states that registered nurses must base their practice on an understanding and analysis of the legislation that influences nursing.
Nurses must know the rights and obligations of nurses in interactions with patients, families of patients, other nurses, and other health care practitioners.
Nurses are now being, and will continue to be given increased responsibility, thereby increasing their exposure to lawsuits.
Many of the actions traditionally performed by nurses are being delegated to non-professionals, under the supervision of nurses.