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Nursing Law for Students in Ireland

New edition of this popular textbook, which presents up-to-date legislation and legal issues affecting nurses in Ireland.

  • New to this edition:
    • Practice standards and professional guidance issued by An Bord Altranais, the Department of Health and Children and the HSE for the Registered Nurse Prescriber
    • Up-to-date leading Irish and UK cases are used throughout the text, such as Fitzpatrick & Another v FK & Another [2008] IEHC 104, which deals with capacity to refuse medical treatment

  • Written in an accessible narrative style, it covers the four areas of accountability affecting all nurses:
    • Professional liability
    • Civil liability
    • Criminal liability
    • Accountability to the employer

  • Where legal concepts or terminologies are used, they are thoroughly and clearly explained in a ‘non-legal’ manner

  • Each chapter contains a concluding summary, useful websites and further reading for research purposes

- Nursing students at universities and Institutes of Technology
- Post-registration programmes where law is a module


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Publication Date

April 2011




Paperback, 194 pages

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Part 1: Professional Liability
1. Statutory Developments

2. The Fitness to Practice Inquiry

3. The Registered Nurse Prescriber

Part 2: Civil Liability

4. Tort, Battery, Autonomy and Consent

5. Negligence and the Duty of Care

6. The Standard of Care

7. Damages and Causation

8. Informed Consent to Medical Treatment: Capacity to Consent

9. Disclosure – What the Patient Needs to Know

10. Voluntary Consent

Part 3: Criminal Liability

11. Basic Concepts of Criminal Law

12. Assault and Syringe Offences

13. Drugs

Part 4: Accountability to the Employer

14. The Contract of Employment

15. Vicarious Liability and the Nurse

16. Termination of the Employment Contract


By Neil Van Dokkum

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Neil Van Dokkum is a Law Lecturer at Waterford Institute of Technology. He holds a primary degree in industrial sociology and commerce, and also holds an LLB and an LLM in Medical Jurisprudence. He currently specialises in medical law, child protection law and the law of evidence. He has published in many international journals and textbooks.

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