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  1. LaVelle, Meghan B. DNP, RN, CEN, ACNS-BC
  2. LaVelle, Beth Elchek PhD, RN-BC, CEN, CPPS
  3. Port, Kenneth L. JD, BA
  4. Sherlock, Jacob T. JD, BA


This article is a continuation of the discussion of Copyright Law (found in JNPD 31:5) as it applies to nursing professionals. This part focuses on the definition of "work made for hire" and how nursing professional development specialists can both protect and share their own work. Many nurses assume that they own the works they create, but authorship is not necessarily the same as ownership. Misunderstanding copyrights could put one's job and hard work at risk!