Consider the following scenario:
•You are working as an advanced practice nurse at a community health clinic. You make an error when prescribing a drug to a patient. You do not think the patient would know that you made the error, and it certainly was not intentional.
•Explain the ethical and legal implications of disclosure and nondisclosure. Be sure to reference laws specific to your state.
•Describe what you would do as the advanced practice nurse in this scenario including whether or not you would disclose your error. Provide your rationale.
•Explain the process of writing prescriptions including strategies to minimize medication errors.
Prescription Errors Nondisclosure and Disclosure: The Legalities and Ethics Name Institutional Affiliation Prescription Errors Nondisclosure and Disclosure: The Legalities and Ethics Human oversight happens in all professions. In the health care settings, medical mistakes occur, and this poses danger to the patient’s recovery and health, and sometimes it can be fatal. These errors can be system-based, judgmental, knowledge-based, technical, rule-based or expectation inaccuracies (Saleem, 2014). Nurses and other medical practitioners are trained on procedures to eliminate these medication errors. However, there are instances where these mistakes happen, and both nurses and doctors face the dilemma of disclosing or not disclosing the information to the patient or their family. The paper expounds on the legal and ethical effects of medical error nondisclosure/disclosure, what a nurse should do in such cases, and the methods that can help minimize them. The Legal and Ethical Implications of Nondisclosure and Disclosure The nursing code of ethics demands that nurses disclose and report any medication error to the proper authorities. According to Hannawa (2012), the caregiver oug