Many people believe ethics and laws are the same thing. While there is some overlap, there are some fundamental differences. Explain the differences between ethics and laws. Present one hypothetical case for your classmates to determine if it is an issue of ethics or an issue of law. An example of a hypnotical case would be, you are a nurse working in a hospital. The family decides one day that they would like to halt life-sustaining therapy, but you feel it is premature and the patient may get better. The patient is unconscious and has not assigned a power of attorney.