Legal Nursing

Legal Nursing is the implications of nursing practice are tied to licensure, state and federal laws, scope of practice and a public expectation that nurses practice at a high professional standard. The nurse’s education, license and nursing standard provide the framework by which nurses are expected to practice. Ethical issues in legal nursing are mainly six ethical principles that arise frequently for the nurse who works in the correctional setting include Respect for persons (autonomy and self-determination), Beneficence (doing good), Nonmaleficence (avoiding harm),  Justice (fairness, equitability, truthfulness),  Veracity (telling the truth) and Fidelity (remaining faithful to one’s commitment).