Legal Issues Facing Nurses

Research common legal issues in health care in one of the legal case studies from the Nurses Service Organization.

Select a legal case study of interest or area in which you have experience from the website Nurses Service Organization.

Analyze the legal case study. Ensure you include the following:

  • Summarize the legal issues present in the case.
  • Brainstorm risk-mitigation techniques that the hospital could have employed to prevent the situation.
  • Determine actions the nurse could have taken to improve the outcome.

Cite at least 3 evidence-based, peer-reviewed sources published within the last 5 years to support your positions. 

Format your assignment as one of the following:

875-word paper using Level 1 headings for key points


The legal issues are in the report mentioned in the assignment. This is the link   Nurses Service Organization. The examples of legal issues are easy to find and read with this link.

You’ll find a lot of legal claims and some scenarios there. Find one that’s interesting to you and follow the instructions for the assignment and the grading rubric.

On the grading rubric, please note that a summary/explanation of the case is not the same as “summarizing the legal issues.”



25% of total grade

  • Lists risk-mitigation techniques

25% of total grade

  • Includes potential nurse actions for improving the outcome

25% of total grade

  • Cites at least 3 evidence-based, peer-reviewed sources published within the last 5 years. Uses APA format. Cites references in-text. Cites page/paragraph number for direct quotes.

8% of total grade

  • Assignment is free of grammatical errors, language maintains a scholarly and succinct tone

9% of total grade

  • Follows a structure that is clear, concise, and appropriate, including Level 1 headings for key points or slide titles with key points when appropriate

8% of total grade

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