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Legal and Ethical Foundations for SANE Practice

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This section provides an overview of state, tribal, and federal laws and other sources that provide the legal and ethical foundations for SANE practice. The issue of informed consent is discussed in greater detail in section 7.4. It is essential for nurses to understand how state, tribal, and federal laws intersect and how they impact nursing practice in the jurisdictions where SANEs provide care. 

4.1. State Laws and the Nurse Practice Act
4.2 Federal Laws
4.3. Tribal Law
4.4. The Impact of Jurisdiction on SANE Practice
4.5. Hospital and Agency Policies and Procedures
4.6. Forensic Nursing Scope and Standards of Practice
4.7. Ethical Decisionmaking