KENIA DISCUSSION WEEK 8

The legal system is critical for nurses because it entails how nurses need to conduct themselves when offering care to their patients. The legal system explains how nurses should relate with their patients, including informed consent, maintaining privacy and confidentiality, and advocating for their patients (Masters, 2018). The laws enacted regulate nurse behavior and benefit society by protecting the right of all individuals. It ensures that every effort made provides high-quality care to the patient to help them regain their health and avoid lawsuits.
The legal aspect of nursing practice has a critical value since nurses’ action requires constant modifications and revisions to become more efficient and effective. The written policies set clear goals that the nurses have to achieve to safeguard their careers and their patients’ well-being (Finch, 2020).  The legal system also enhances fairness as a very crucial right to patients (Masters, 2018).  Fairness is realized when all the patients have access to healthcare without discrimination despite their age, location, and social status. Therefore the regulations make sure that diversity is embraced to offer optimal care to the patients.
In nursing practice, the legal system ensures patients receive best practices through compassionate care. Each patient’s values and spiritual beliefs, culture, and preferences are observed and respected.  Due to the changing healthcare environment, the legal aspect requires nurses to attain continuing education to be up to date with legal issues affecting nursing practice. The roles and practice settings keep changing and expanding, and therefore it is critical to be well aware of the increased exposure to liability, fines, litigation, or disciplinary measures. The legal system protects everyone in the healthcare setting.