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For introductory undergraduate/graduate-level courses in Legal and Ethical Issues in Nursing. The definitive sourcebook for basic legal knowledge, this reference covers the majority of legal issues in nursing in depth, citing current case examples from courts throughout the United States. It gives a thorough explanation of the law, its sources, doctrines, and court system, and combines legal and ethical topics to show students how both concepts affect nursing practice in all clinical settings. It provides practical tips for improving patient care and reducing liability risks, and answers the legal questions most commonly asked by nurses.