Key Terms- Chapter 7

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accreditation

process by which an educational program is evaluated and then recognized as having met certain predetermined standards of education

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assault

threat or an attempt to make bodily contact with another person without that person's permission

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battery

assault that is carried out

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certification

process by which a person who has met certain criteria established by a nongovernmental association is granted recognition

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commone law

law resulting from court decisions that is then followed when other cases involving similar circumstances and facts arise;
binding as civil law

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credentialing

general term that refers to ways in which professional competence is maintained

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crime

offense against people or property;
act is considered to be against the government, referred to in a lawsuit as "the people", and the accused is prosecuted by the state

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defamation of character

an intentional tort in which one party makes derogatory remarks about another that diminishes the other party’s reputation; slander is oral defamation of character; libel is written defamation of character

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defendant

the one being accused of a crime or tort

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expert witness

nurse who explains to the judge and jury what happened based on the patient’s record and who offers an opinion as to whether the nursing care met acceptable standards of practice

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fact witness

nurse who has knowledge of the actual incident prompting a legal case;
bases testimony on firsthand knowledge of the incident, not on assumptions

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felony

1. crime punishable by imprisonment in a state or federal penitentiary for more than 1 year

2. crime of greater offense than a misdemeanor

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fraud

willful and purposeful misrepresentation that could cause, or has caused, loss or harm to people or property

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liability

legal responsibility for ones acts

includes responsibility for financial restitution of harms resulting from negligent acts

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licensure

to the given a license to practice nursing in a state or province after successfully meeting requirements

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litigation

process of lawsuit

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malpractice

act of negligence as applied to a professional person such as a physician, nurse, or dentist

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misdemeanor

crime of lesser offence than a felony and punishable by fines, imprisonment, or both

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negligence

performing an act that a reasonably prudent person under similar circumstances would not do, or failing to perform an act that a reasonably prudent person under similar circumstances would do

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plaintiff

person or government bringing a lawsuit against another

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sentinel event

an unexpected occurrence involving death or serious physical or psychological injury, or the risk thereof

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statutory law

law enacted by a legislative body

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tort

wrong committed by a person against another person or that persons property