Presentation: Among various stakeholders, the registered nurse must incorporate legal and ethical theories and principles into practice. There is a need to evaluate the legal and ethical considerations that exist in healthcare today, to assess nursing’s role in health initiatives, and to find ways that we can help improve health and health outcomes. This presentation will help nurses recognize and respond to dilemmas within diverse health care settings and nursing roles. This presentation will provide an overview of regulatory action and the legislative and judicial processes, enabling nurses to become familiar with changes affecting the health care system such as patient rights, technological advances, and managed care. This presentation will examine the role of the nurse as a health professional, advocate, and leader: This PowerPoint® (Microsoft Office) or Impress® (Open Office) presentation should be a minimum of 20 slides, including a title, introduction, conclusion and reference slide, with detailed speaker notes and recorded audio comments for all content slides. Use at least four scholarly sources and make certain to review the module’s Signature Assignment Rubric before starting your presentation. This presentation is worth 400 points for quality content and presentation.

Title: Legal and Ethical Considerations in Healthcare: The Role of Registered Nurses


In the healthcare field, the registered nurse (RN) plays a crucial role in incorporating legal and ethical theories and principles into practice. As stakeholders in the healthcare system, nurses face numerous dilemmas and challenges that require them to navigate complex legal and ethical considerations. This presentation aims to provide an overview of these considerations and explore nursing’s role in health initiatives to enhance health outcomes.

I. Understanding Legal Considerations in Healthcare:

A. Regulatory Action:
1. Explanation of regulatory bodies and their functions
2. Overview of key regulations that impact nursing practice
3. Importance of staying updated with changing regulations

B. Legislative and Judicial Processes:
1. Role of legislation in shaping healthcare policies
2. Overview of the judicial system and its impact on healthcare
3. Examples of landmark legal cases affecting nursing practice

C. Patient Rights:
1. Exploration of legal rights and protections for patients
2. Informed consent and patient autonomy
3. Balancing patient rights with other ethical considerations

II. Ethical Considerations in Healthcare:

A. Ethical Theories:
1. Overview of major ethical theories pertinent to nursing
2. Utilitarianism, deontology, and virtue ethics
3. Application of ethical theories in clinical decision-making

B. Dilemmas in Healthcare Settings:
1. Assessment of ethical challenges faced by nurses in diverse settings
2. Discussions on end-of-life care, resource allocation, and conflicts of interest
3. Strategies to address ethical dilemmas in collaboration with the interdisciplinary team

III. Nursing Roles in Health Initiatives:

A. Health Professional:
1. Responsibilities and competencies of nurses in promoting health and wellness
2. The significance of evidence-based practice in improving patient outcomes
3. Collaborative healthcare approaches and interprofessional teamwork

B. Advocate:
1. Importance of advocating for patient rights and welfare
2. Ethical considerations in advocating for vulnerable populations
3. Strategies for effective patient advocacy

C. Leader:
1. Role of nurses as leaders in healthcare organizations
2. Ethical dimensions of leadership in nursing
3. Developing leadership skills to influence positive change


In conclusion, nurses must be aware of the legal and ethical considerations that guide their practice. Understanding and applying these principles empowers nurses to navigate healthcare dilemmas, protect patient rights, and contribute to improved health outcomes. By embracing their roles as health professionals, advocates, and leaders, registered nurses can play a pivotal role in shaping the future of healthcare.


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– Beauchamp, T. L., & Childress, J. F. (2009). Principles of biomedical ethics. Oxford University Press.
– American Nurses Association. (2015). Code of ethics for nurses with interpretive statements. Silver Spring, MD: Author.
– Browne, A. J., Varcoe, C., Smye, V., Reimer‐Kirkham, S., Lynam, M. J., & Wong, S. T. (2009). Cultural safety and the challenges of translating critically oriented knowledge in practice. Nursing Philosophy, 10(3), 167-179.