Unit outcomes addressed in this Assignment:

  • Identify various sources of law in the United States and how they affect health care professionals.
  • Understand the difference between civil and criminal law.
  • Interpret laws and ethical issues surrounding medical malpractice.

Course outcomes addressed in this Assignment:

HS101-1: Discuss the implications of legal and ethical standards for healthcare professionals.


Your Assignments in this course will take you through “A Day in the Life” of a healthcare professional. You will be given the opportunity to apply the concepts that you have learned throughout the course to a variety of situations that a healthcare professional might face.

In addition to the grading standards found in the Syllabus, projects will also be graded on accuracy and application of course materials. Each answer should be at least 1 paragraph in length, including supporting facts from the textbook and an in-text citation.


Read the case study. Respond to the questions that correspond to the scenario and upload to the appropriate Dropbox.

Each question should be answered in complete sentences, using correct sentence structure. Responses should be free of grammatical, punctuation, and spelling errors.

Case Study:

Read the Case in Point: Good Samaritan Home, found in Chapter 7 of your textbook. After reading the case, please respond to the questions below. Be sure to include facts from the textbook as well as other sources to support your conclusions. Provide in-text citations and a reference list.

  1. Define civil and criminal law. Could these case facts give rise to a criminal case, a civil case, or both? Explain your answer.
  2. List and define the intentional torts outlined in the text. Provide an example of each.
  3. What intentional torts do you think the nursing aides may have committed? Please give an explanation of why you chose that tort.
  4. Define respondeat superior. Using that doctrine, explain who is ultimately responsible for the supervision of the nursing aides in this case.
  5. Identify and define the four components of negligence. Do you think this case is an example of negligent acts? Why or why not?
  6. You work as a medical assistant at Good Samaritan Home and overhear the nursing aides talking about their inappropriate actions. Define and choose one of the following ethical approaches and explain how it would help you decide what action to take: virtue- based, consequential, or duty-based?