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Legal Resources for Healthcare

Need to find a Nurse Practice Act for a specific state? Need an article that discusses Nursing Scope of Practice? Want to find case law that speaks to a specific issue in healthcare practice? Look in this guide.

Secondary Sources: In the Library

All databases provide articles with the author’s opinions about laws and legal court cases.  Opinions are NOT primary sources of law. Students can search on such topics as healthcare management, hospitals, nursing practices and management techniques, management practice and theory.

There are several databases in the library that are a go-to for author perspectives on case law (court opinions) and other legal issues.

  • Proquest Central collection:  ABI/Inform Global, ABI/Inform Dateline, ABI/Inform Trade & Industry, Accounting, Criminal Justice Political Science, Tax & Banking, Political Science, ProQuest Research Library, Sociology, Social Science databases.  Do keyword searches in this collection on your legal topic.
  • EBSCOhost CINAHL has a Legal Case limiter on the search page. When you have results, use the Major Subject Headings limiter to narrow to concepts such as liability, consent, malpractice etc.
  • Nursing Reference Center is a clinical reference collection searchable through the other EBSCOhost databases. To search just NRC chose the TAB: Practice resources TAB: legal cases and then do a keyword search.  This resource shows malpractice issues in health care and the studies will give you the synopsis of a legal case, contentions, damages claimed and the outcome.


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