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Legal Risks for Nurses: Learn from Real-Life Mistakes


Nursing Liability and Negligence

  • Nursing standards
  • Duties
  • Supervision
  • Delegation
  • Multiple case studies

Nurse Practice Acts

  • Changes in scope of practice
  • Requirements every nurse must know!
  • Reporting abuse/neglect
  • Patient abandonment

Common Errors and Claims Staffing

  • Assignments
  • Rights when floating
  • Unsafe staffing

What should you do if you make an error?

  • How to document

Should you buy malpractice insurance?

  • Does it make you a target?
  • Will your employer’s coverage protect you?


  • The do’s and don’ts of good charting
  • Problems with EHRs
  • Real charting examples and solutions


  • HIPAA myths
  • Nurses fired and prosecuted for breaches in confidentiality and posting online

Informed Consent

  • Who has authority to consent?
  • Capacity to consent?
  • Plus, DNRs, End of life issues, and more

Boards of Nursing

  • Most frequent charges against nurses
  • Your rights
  • Case examples

Nurse Whistleblower Protection Laws


  1. Analyze common errors and claims against nurses.
  2. Explore some of the steps a nurse can take to help avoid claims.
  3. Breakdown the laws on documentation and rules of good charting.
  4. Investigate the new nurse rules on social media.
  5. Determine who can provide informed consent.
  6. Evaluate issues pertinent to Advanced Directives and End of Life care.
  7. Exploit my rights if the Nursing Board takes action against my license.
  8. Dissect employment laws and Nurse Whistleblower Protections.
Copyright : 05/16/2017

Practical Ethics: Addressing the Real-Life Challenges Confronting Healthcare Professionals


What are Your Values?

  • Exploration of Foundational Beliefs/Values
  • Values Exercise
  • Sharpening Critical Thinking Skills

Health-Care Ethics

  • Human Medical Experimentation and Evolution of Ethics
  • Key Cases and Codes
    • Presidents Garfield and McKinley
    • Tuskegee Syphilis Study
    • Nuremburg Trials and Nuremburg Code
    • Declaration of Helsinki
    • The “God Committee” and Dialysis
  • Recent Application of Ethical Decisions in the U.S.

Ethics Committees

  • When is it Appropriate to Involve the Ethics Committee?
  • Seeking Consultation: How To’s
  • Understanding the Composition of Committees/Models

Ethical Foundations

  • Ethical Viewpoints and Stances
    • Deontology versus Teleology
    • Objectivism versus Relativism
  • Key Theories
    • Kantian Ethics
    • Natural Law
    • Utilitarianism
    • Rawlsian Ethics
    • Ethic of Care
    • Rights-Based Ethics
    • Communitarian Ethics

Ethical Principles

  • Autonomy
  • Beneficence
  • Non-maleficence
  • Veracity
  • Fidelity
  • Justice
  • Respect for Persons

Ethical Decision-Making: A Toolkit for Practice

  • Framing Ethical Questions and Problems
  • Decision-Making Formats and Tools
    • The Four-Quadrant Approach
    • Bennett-Woods Eight Step Model

The Most Controversial Cases

  • Classic, Precedent-Setting Cases
  • Current Ethical Dilemmas and Recent Cases
    1. Living Wills, Advance Directives, DNRs and ANDs
    2. Cases Involving Personhood Definitions
    3. Issues of Informed Consent
  • What are some of the Most Complex Cases You’ve Encountered?

Dealing with Ethical Dilemmas: Decision-Making Team Practice

  • A Dilemma of Limited Resources: Hurricane Katrina and Mercy Hospital

Exercising Ethical Leadership

  • Ethical Leadership in the Workplace
  • Keeping Current on Ethical Issues
  • Ethical Dilemmas on the Horizon: Advancing Technology
  • Recent Research: A Sampler
  • Educational Opportunities in
  • Health-Care Ethics


  1. Determine scenarios that benefit from ethics committee involvement.
  2. Investigate ethical insights to clinical and workplace scenarios.
  3. Apply a variety of ethical decision-making tools to analyze complex patient/family dilemmas.
  4. Integrate knowledge from precedent-setting ethical cases into current decision-making.
  5. Critique current ethical cases utilizing sound ethical principles.
  6. Dissect potential ethical dilemmas arising from technological advances now and in the future.
  7. Incorporate a variety of “ethical tools” into a practical, usable, and easily accessible ethical toolkit.
Copyright : 01/27/2016