# CTE Resource Center - Verso - Patient Care Technician Task 871859965

CTE Resource Center - Verso

Virginia’s CTE Resource Center

Define legal and ethical terms pertaining to medical care.


Definitions should include
  • professional codes of ethics (e.g., physician, medical assistant, nurse)
  • Patient's Bill of Rights
  • Resident's Rights
  • end-of-life issues
  • treatment issues
  • access to medical care
  • Good Samaritan Act
  • Anatomical Gift Act
  • advanced directives
  • Drug Enforcement Agency regulations
  • licensure
  • liability issues
  • Consent to Care.

Process/Skill Questions

  • What is the definition of ethics?
  • What is the difference between law and ethics?
  • Who determines what constitutes ethical behavior in the healthcare field?
  • Why was the Good Samaritan Act established? In what circumstances does the Good Samaritan Act not apply?
  • What types of licensure exist in the healthcare field?
  • What types of advanced directives are available?
  • What is the difference between implied and expressed?

Related Standards of Learning



The student will apply knowledge of word origins, derivations, and figurative language to extend vocabulary development in authentic texts.
  1. Use structural analysis of roots, affixes, synonyms, and antonyms, to understand complex words.
  2. Use context, structure, and connotations to determine meanings of words and phrases.
  3. Discriminate between connotative and denotative meanings and interpret the connotation.
  4. Explain the meaning of common idioms, and literary and classical allusions in text.
  5. Extend general and cross-curricular vocabulary through speaking, listening, reading, and writing.


The student will read, interpret, analyze, and evaluate a variety of nonfiction texts.
  1. Use critical thinking to generate and respond logically to literal, inferential, and evaluative questions about the text(s).
  2. Identify and synthesize resources to make decisions, complete tasks, and solve specific problems.
  3. Analyze multiple texts addressing the same topic to determine how authors reach similar or different conclusions.
  4. Recognize and analyze use of ambiguity, contradiction, paradox, irony, overstatement, and understatement in text.
  5. Analyze false premises claims, counterclaims, and other evidence in persuasive writing.

History and Social Science


The student will apply social science skills to understand the process by which public policy is made by

  1. defining public policy and determining how to differentiate public and private action;
  2. examining different perspectives on the role of government;
  3. describing how the national government influences the public agenda and shapes public policy by examining examples such as the Equal Rights Amendment, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and Section 9524 of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) of 1965;
  4. describing how the state and local governments influence the public agenda and shape public policy;
  5. investigating and evaluating the process by which policy is implemented by the bureaucracy at each level;
  6. analyzing how the incentives of individuals, interest groups, and the media influence public policy; and
  7. devising a course of action to address local and/or state issues.

Other Related Standards

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Health Science Events


Knowledge Test: Medical Law and Ethics


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