Don't Be Blind to the Law: What Every Nurse Needs to Know

Course Expiration Date: April 30, 2018

If you are a member of SC AHEC this course is free with an enrollment key which you may obtain from the AHEC contact person within your organization.

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Course Description: This course is designed to assist nurses in learning nursing liability, criminal law versus civil law, tort law as it relates to nursing malpractice, types of legal actions against nurses that would be tried under criminal law, hospital liability, red flags in medical records, nursing malpractice insurance, patients that are most likely to sue and many other questions about nursing legalities will be answered.

Instructor: Debby Mills RN, MS, RNC-OB

Target Audience: Registered Nurses or any other interested healthcare professionals

Learning Outcomes: After completing this activity, the participant will be able to:

  • discuss the standards by which all nurses are judged in a medical malpractice case and the elements necessary to support professional negligence.
  • compare and contrast the differences between criminal and civil litigation as it applies to nursing malpractice and the type of cases that are filed under each of these categories.
  • describe how the most common sources for nursing liability apply to their current area of nursing practice.
  • identify topics for special consideration by nurses for liability risk.
  • recognize how hospital liability and adverse event reporting are related to patient safety.
  • identify the different sources that are utilized by attorneys to support their position in a medical malpractice claim.
  • explain the protection provided to nurses by nursing malpractice insurance.
  • describe strategies that the nurse can implement in their current area of practice to decrease their risk of being named in a lawsuit.

Length of Course: 120 minutes

Credit Statements:

Licensed Nurses:  Upstate AHEC is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

Upon successful completion of this program, participants will receive 2.0 contact hours.

Other: This educational offering provides 0.2 CEUs (2.0 clock hours) by Upstate AHEC and meets SC AHEC Best Practice Standards.

Disclosure Statement:

Upstate AHEC's conflict of interest policy requires faculty to disclose any real or apparent commercial financial affiliations related to the content of their presentations/materials.

The speaker(s) has/have signed a vested interest form declaring no conflict of interest in educational activities.

Provisions of this educational activity by Upstate AHEC does not imply endorsement by Upstate AHEC or ANCC of any commercial products displayed in conjunction with this activity.