Assignment 3: Case Study


This assignment involves preparing a structured written response to an in-class discussion of a case study with legal and ethical implications. You will be addressing the legal and ethical implications of the case from the perspective of yourself as a nursing student. You must use the template provided which is based on the decision-making framework from McDonald & Then, 2019, Chapter 2. It is highly recommended that you refer to this chapter when preparing your assignment as it contains valuable guidance for working through a situation involving legal and/or ethical issues. Assignment 2 is also an opportunity to gain experience and feedback about the application of the decision-making framework prior to your final assignment (Assignment 3: Case Study).

Your work must be referenced in accordance with APA referencing guidelines. Do not reference your tutor or in-class discussion (secondary sources) because you are expected to read and apply relevant primary sources of information. 

First person can be used when required because you are working through this case from your own perspective as a nursing student. However, formal academic (professional) language must still be used.

You must download and use the template provided.

The suggested word count for each section of the template is as follows:

Step 1 – 250 words, Step 2 – 400 words and Step 3 – 350 words.

Please note that this is a guideline only. No penalties apply to the word counts of individual sections provided your overall word count is within +/-10% of 1,000 words.


An example of Assignment 2 has also been provided for you to view. This example is written about a different case study, but gives you one idea about how Assignment 2 could be written and structured.

Case study for Assessment 2

Karla is a 19-year-old woman who was admitted to the day surgery unit for removal of her wisdom teeth. Karla’s only other medical history is depression, which is being treated by a psychologist. The registered nurse, Lachlan, asks you (a nursing student) to assess Karla’s vital signs while he completes Karla’s hospital admission paperwork. When you walk up to Karla with the blood pressure machine, Karla is wearing headphones and watching YouTube on her phone. Karla continues watching YouTube, but holds out her arm towards you.


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