Full Course Description
3 Day: Legal Nurse Intensive Training Course
- Analyze how the nursing standards of care can come under scrutiny.
- Evaluate authoritative sources.
- Distinguish between a care plan and the care planning process.
- Evaluate a strategic nursing documentation system.
- Defend how documentation is used to decide if you are innocent or guilty in a lawsuit.
- Propose how to prevent risky behavior when using social media and other forms of electronic communication.
- Apply best practice and standard of care for documenting incident reports and adverse events.
- Analyze the Center for Medicare and Medicaid regulatory language on nursing documentation.
- Formulate a strategic tool for your standard of practice.
- Evaluate deposition proceedings
- Analyze timeline chronologies.
- Develop defense and plaintiff allegations, in response to the same scenario.
- Integrate the correct practices into your documentation to reduce litigation exposure.
- Distinguish common documentation mistakes and how to avoid/correct them
- Evaluate facility policy and procedures for potential risk.
- Extrapolate the litigation timeline
- Formulate deposition questions as the plaintiff and/or defense teams.
- Practice litigation language during mock depositions.
The Components of Documentation
- Evolving trends in nursing litigation today
- The essence of the story behind litigation
- The burden of proof
- The expert witness seals the deal. Understand the impact.
- Learn whether you should (or shouldn’t) have your own malpractice coverage
Electronic Nursing Documentation
- Guidelines and interpretation
- Avoiding mistakes
- A lawyer’s secret weapon: Time stamping on YOUR documentation
- Social networking and indirect care
- Timeline chronology and mapping the case
Electronic Medical Record Strategies
- American Recovery and Reinvestment Act
- Meaningful Use
- Risky electronic documentation practices
- Charting by exception
- Dangers of email, social networking, and texting
- Should you make a late chart entry? Or not …?
- Avoid the hazards of dropdown boxes in your medical record system
Reimbursement and Documentation
- Time management
- Software knowledge/Informatics
- Does the case have merit?
Elements of a Lawsuit
- Medicare and Medicaid Changes
- Incentives for participation
- Hospital Acquired Conditions
Documentation: When Things Go Wrong
- Plaintiff complaints
- Medical record review
- Timeline chronology
- Plaintiff deposition testimony
Avoiding Risky Documentation
- Unsafe processes
- Incident reporting
- Adverse events and risk factors
- When to ask/demand help from a supervisor
- When the patient must transfer out
- Standards that are within standards
- Deviations, real or perceived
- Errors of omission and commission
- Communicating clearly
- Defense deposition testimony
What if the Worst Happens
- Credible evidence
- Avoiding ambiguity
- Recording events objectively
- Late entries and correcting errors
- Duty/Breach of Duty
- Nurse Practice Act
- State Board of Nursing
Legal Risks for Nurses: Protect Yourself from the Courtroom!
- Evaluate the prevalence of nursing mistakes, with legal consequences.
- Analyze common legal pitfalls in nursing practice.
- Demonstrate the three major areas the plaintiff must prove: existence of duty, breach of duty and injury.
- Assess documentation samples to avoid litigation and regulatory deficiencies.
- Distinguish a nurses’ trial appearance and presentation, to contribute beneficially to the case.
- Appraise strategies to avoid high risk errors related to falls, wounds, abuse … and more.
Nursing Liability and Negligence
Nurse Practice Acts
- Nursing standards
- Multiple case studies
Common Errors and Claims Staffing
- Changes in scope of practice
- Requirements every nurse must know!
- Reporting abuse/neglect
- Patient abandonment
What should you do if you make an error?
Should you buy malpractice insurance?
- Rights when floating
- Unsafe staffing
- 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
Boards of Nursing
- Who has authority to consent?
- Capacity to consent?
- Plus, DNRs, End of life issues, and more
Nurse Whistleblower Protection Laws Copyright :
- Most frequent charges against nurses
- Your rights
- When do you need an attorney?
- What can you do to protect your license?
- Case examples