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Legal aspects of psychiatric nursing.

The Nursing clinics of North America. 
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In attempting to practice within legal limits, psychiatric nurses must demonstrate safe and acceptable clinical practice. Clinical standards and legal standards change over time, and it can be difficult to be aware of all the changes that occur. Ways exist to minimize the risk of litigation, however. Keeping focused on the patient and attempting to provide the best clinical care possible should guide practice, not fear of litigation. It is wise to be familiar with the law, institutional policies, and professional standards, but nothing can replace sound clinical judgment.
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