NURS 676 WCU Error when Prescribing a Drug to A Patient Discussion

Consider the following scenario:

You are working as an advanced practice nurse at a community health clinic. You unintentionally make an error when prescribing a drug to a patient. You do not think the patient knows that you made the error.

To prepare:

  1. Consider the ethical implications of disclosure and nondisclosure.
  2. Research federal and state laws for advanced practice nurses. Reflect on the legal implications of disclosure and nondisclosure for you and the health clinic.
  3. Consider what you would do as the advanced practice nurse in this scenario including whether you would disclose your error.
  4. Review the Institute for Safe Medication Practices website. Consider the process of writing prescriptions, and think about strategies to avoid medication errors.

To complete:

Write a minimum 4-page paper in APA format (excluding cover page and references) that addresses the following:

  1. Explain the ethical and legal implications of disclosure and nondisclosure. Be sure to reference laws specific to your state.
  2. Describe what you would do as the advanced practice nurse in this scenario including whether you would disclose your error. Provide evidence for your rationale.
  3. Explain the process of writing prescriptions and include strategies to minimize medication errors.
  4. Include four or more appropriate scholarly sources from the last five years throughout the paper.

Due: Sunday, 11:59 p.m. (Pacific time)

Points: 100

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