|Due By (Pacific Time)||12/04/2016 05:00 am|
|Post your responses to the Discussion based on the course requirements. Your Discussion postings should be written in standard edited English and follow APA guidelines as closely as possible given the constraints of the online platform. Be sure to support your work with specific citations from this module’s Learning Resources and additional scholarly sources as appropriate. Refer to the Essential Guide to APA Style for Walden Students to ensure your in-text citations and reference list are correct. Initial postings must be 250–350 words (not including references).
Note: This is a Post First assignment. You are required to post your original post before the discussion board opens for your review.
Assisted living facilities give older adults a sense of independence, even though these adults need help with daily activities. Typically, the staff at these facilities is available around the clock to assist residents. Because of the nature of assisted living facilities, staff and/or residents might become involved with helping someone in distress. Although this help is often necessary, it can involve complex challenges, including possible legal issues.
Good Samaritan doctrine is a legal principle that prevents a rescuer who has voluntarily helped a victim in distress from being sued for “wrongdoing.” Its purpose is to encourage people to help strangers in need without fear of legal repercussions should they make a mistake in treatment.
Good Samaritan laws vary from jurisdiction to jurisdiction, and generally do not apply to medical professionals or career emergency responders while on the job. Some of these laws, however, extend protection to professional rescuers when they are acting in a volunteer capacity.
To Prepare for This Discussion:
Watch the CBS video, “911 Recording: Nurse Refuses to Give CPR to Dying Woman.” Analyze the Good Samaritan law in your state, and review the Tunson article in this week’s Learning Resources. As a health care administrator, analyze how Good Samaritan laws and health care laws and ethics apply to the situation in the CBS video. What are the conflicts? How does the professional code of ethics apply to this situation?
Explain your position regarding whether the Good Samaritan law applies to a registered nurse working at an assisted living facility in your state or region. Explain whether the nurse might have an ethical or legal obligation to provide CPR. Support your position by referencing your state’s or region’s Good Samaritan law, the ACHE Code of Ethics, and ethical standards.
Support your response by identifying and explaining key points and/or examples presented in the Learning Resources.
Note: Most journal articles for this course are available online through the Walden Library databases, unless linked directly in the classroom. The Course Readings List contains all of the required Walden Library resources for this course. Please click on the following link to access the applicable list for this course: http://academicguides.waldenu.edu/mmha6300
Please proceed to the Discussion.
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