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Digital Seminar

Legal Risks for Nurses: Learn from Real-Life Mistakes

Laurie R. Elston, BSN, JD
Full Day
Audio and Video
May 16, 2017
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Digital Seminar - Also available: DVD


  • Learn from actual trial videos
  • What are the most frequent charges brought against nurses?
  • Deposition tips every nurse should know
  • Are you liable for the staff you supervise?
  • What you need to do to make sure your charting stands up in court
  • Are you up-to-date on the new nurse social media rules?
  • Should you purchase malpractice insurance – or not?
  • Protect your patient, yourself & your license

Regardless of the setting you currently practice in as a nurse, you need to have a clear understanding of your legal and ethical responsibilities. Protecting yourself personally and professionally can be a frightening thought. We’ve all heard the worst case scenarios.… This seminar will prepare you to evaluate risky situations so that you can immediately take the right steps to prevent unnecessary negative outcomes.

Nurse Attorney, Laurie Elston, RN, BSN, JD, will explain current nursing laws and present over 20 cases that illustrate how these laws are applied, including:

  • Nursing Practice Acts and Standards of Care: Nurse Practice Acts and specialty organization standards. Watch actual trial video!
  • Staffing and Supervision Issues: RN liability when supervising others. Are you liable for the staff you supervise?
  • Risk Management: Ways to reduce errors and avoid claims and lawsuits. Deposition tips every nurse should know. Watch real nurses giving depositions.
  • Documentation: What the law requires. How to avoid problems when charting in an EHR. Would your charting stand up in court?
  • Informed Consent: Who can consent. Advanced Directives.
  • Confidentiality: HIPAA myths. New nurse social media rules by ANA and NCSBN.
  • Nursing Boards: Know your rights - and how to protect your license.



* Credit Note - **

NOTE: Tuition includes one free CE Certificate (participant will be able to print the certificate of completion after completing the on-line post-test (80% passing score) and completing the evaluation). 

Continuing Education Information:  Listed below are the continuing education credit(s) currently available for this non-interactive self-study package. Please note, your state licensing board dictates whether self-study is an acceptable form of continuing education. Please refer to your state rules and regulations. If your profession is not listed, please contact your licensing board to determine your continuing education requirements and check for reciprocal approval. For other credit inquiries not specified below, please contact or 800-844-8260 before the event.

Materials that are included in this course may include interventions and modalities that are beyond the authorized practice of your profession.  As a licensed professional, you are responsible for reviewing the scope of practice, including activities that are defined in law as beyond the boundaries of practice in accordance with and in compliance with your profession's standards.  

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California Nurses

PESI, Inc. is a provider approved by the California Board of  Registered Nursing, Provider #: 17118 for 6.0 self-study contact hours. 

** You will need to provide your license number to PESI. PESI must have this number on file in order for your hours to be valid.

Florida Nurses

PESI, Inc. is an approved provider by the Florida Board of  Nursing. Provider #: FBN2858. These materials qualify for 6.0 self-study contact hours.

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Iowa Nurses

PESI, Inc. is an approved provider by the Iowa Board of Nursing. Provider #: 346. Nurses successfully completing these self-study materials will earn 7.6 self-study contact hours. Please email with your license number, include the title, speaker name and date. PESI must have this number on file in order for your hours to be valid.

Other Professions

This self-study activity qualifies for 6.25 continuing education clock hours as required by many national, state and local licensing boards and professional organizations. Save your activity advertisement and certificate of completion, and contact your own board or organization for specific requirements.



Laurie R. Elston, BSN, JD's Profile

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Laurie Elston, BSN, JD, is a Nurse Attorney with over 20 years of experience as an attorney. She received her Juris Doctorate, cum laude, from Gonzaga University, and was on Law Review. She has represented health care providers in malpractice and disciplinary cases throughout her career. She has also been a Municipal Court Judge Pro Tem. She has been licensed as an attorney in both California and Washington. Laurie maintains an active law practice:

Prior to becoming an attorney, she obtained a BSN and worked as a registered nurse for over seven years in a large acute care medical center. During this time, she also worked as an assistant head nurse and charge nurse.

Since becoming an attorney, she has taught tort law at the University of Washington. She currently teaches Nursing Law classes across the country for groups and institutions. In addition, she teaches a Legal Nurse Consulting Training Course nationwide, and on DVD for home study. She is a frequent lecturer on medical-legal topics.


Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Laurie Elston maintains a private practice. She receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Nonfinancial: Laurie Elston is a member of the California State Bar Association; the Washington State Bar Association; and the American Association of Legal Nurse Consultants.

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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.

Target Audience

Nurses and other Healthcare Professionals



Overall:      4.5

Total Reviews: 2


Nanette D

"Appreciated being able to access this informative, extremely appropriate and professional presentation online; at my own pace! "

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