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2019 Alaskan Cruise for Nurses: Legal Risks for Nurses - Documentation, Negligence & Litigation Strategies to Protect Yourself
Saturday, August 17, 2019 - Saturday, August 24, 2019
Course Description:

Transform the way you think about your nursing practice and how you document the care you provide – all while you cruise to Alaska. Earning 12 CE hours has never been more relaxing or transformative!

PESI HealthCare is once again offering the incredible continuing education cruise experience in August 2019! Imagine yourself sailing through the Inside Passage and into the Gulf of Alaska as you earn continuing education credits. It’s a learning atmosphere most clinicians only dream about, but now it’s your time to relax, earn credit and enhance your nursing skills.

While on the ship, you will attend three continuing education sessions focused on the latest legal risks for nurses. Are you unknowingly putting your career at risk? Nurses are superhuman, but mistakes get made. With nursing negligence on the rise, you must be prepared to defend your actions in a potential lawsuit.

Through real-life scenarios involving documentation and litigation, Legal Nurse Consultant, Brenda Elliff, RN, MPA, ONC, CCM, LNCC, will teach you effective new strategies you can implement immediately into practice to keep yourself, your patients and your license safe. There is more accountability, reliability, autonomy and liability than ever before!.

This course schedule leaves you with plenty of time to enjoy the exciting ports of call, take excursions into the heart of the wilderness and socialize with fellow clinicians. Leave feeling excited about your Alaskan adventure, as well as re-energized and refreshed about your profession! Register now for this amazing opportunity, staterooms sell out quickly!
PESI 7-Night Alaska Cruise Sailing from Seattle, WA on Princess Cruises, Ruby Princess
(Daily Itinerary Subject to Change)

Pier: Smith Cove Cruise Terminal at Pier 91
Check In 1:00pm - 3:00pm (See Travel Summary for Progressive Check In Time)
  • Seattle, Washington: August 17, 2019, Depart 4:00 PM
  • At Sea: Sunday, August 18, 2019
  • Juneau, Alaska: Monday, August 19, 2019, Arrive 11:00 AM; Depart 10:00 PM
  • Skagway, Alaska: Tuesday, August 20, 2019, Arrive 6:00 AM; Depart 8:15 PM
  • Glacier Bay National Park, Alaska: Wednesday, August 21, 2019, Arrive 6:00 AM; Depart 3:00 PM
  • Scenic Cruising
  • Ketchikan, Alaska: Thursday, August 22, 2019, Arrive 7:00 AM; Depart 1:00 PM
  • Victoria, British Columbia, Canada: Friday, August 23, 2019, Arrive 7:00 PM; Depart 11:59 PM
  • Seattle, Washington: Saturday, August 24, 2019, Arrive 7:00 AM
A valid passport is required.

  1. Inside Cabin – $1,795 per person
  2. Oceanview Cabin - $2,480 per person
  3. Balcony Cabin - $2,835 per person
  4. MiniSuite – $3,145 per person

Note: Pricing includes seminar fee.

Please contact Heidi DesJarlais,, 715-834-2686 at Higgins Travel Leaders for pricing and availability. Pricing is based on double occupancy. Single, triple and quad rates are available upon request and subject to availability.


  1. Plan to use factual tactics to stay out of court.
  2. Assess time stamping in your charting for contemporaneous patient accounts.
  3. Explain deposition behaviors that favor your credibility.
  4. Summarize the hazards of inconsistent use of drop-down boxes.
  5. Distinguish between defense counsel that is for or against you.
  6. Analyze the chart specific to your specialty.
  7. Contrast between poor and exceptional-quality charting.
  8. Illustrate how documentation is used to decide if you are guilty or innocent.
  9. Choose the best features in computerized charting to ensure reimbursement.
  10. Explore how risky behavior can be avoided on social media and other forms of electronic communication.
  11. Decide how to use best practice and standard of care for documenting incident reports and adverse events.
  12. Integrate the correct practices into your documentation to keep your license unblemished.
  13. Summarize common documentation mistakes and how to avoid and/or correct them.

Sunday, August 18, 2019
8:30 am – 12:30 pm - Workshop

When Documentation Goes Wrong
  • Incident reports
  • Adverse events
  • Time stamping – a lawyer’s secret weapon
  • Avoid ambiguity in your charting
  • Managing errors, omissions, late entries and corrections

Wednesday, August 21, 2019
8:30 am – 12:30 pm - Workshop

Technology in the Nurses’ World
  • Charting by exception – a meaningless phrase
  • Minimalist charting could spell t-r-o-u-b-l-e
  • You are held responsible for knowing how all the gadgets work
  • Dangers of email, social networking & texting
  • Drop-down boxes … chose carefully
  • Copying/pasting is a mistake

Friday, August 23, 2019
1:30 – 5:30 pm - Workshop

Your Worst Fear … the Realities in the Courtroom
  • Being called to testify
  • The alarming facts about nursing and litigation
  • Actual depositions
  • Avoid becoming the defendant
  • Preparing for the worst
Target Audience

  • Nurses
  • Nurse Practitioners
  • Clinical Nurse Specialists
  • Nurse Educators
  • Legal Nurse Consultants


Brenda Elliff, RN, MPA, ONC, CCM, LNCC, established Elliff Medical-Legal Services in 1996. As a legal nurse consultant, she assists on both plaintiff and defense cases. She performs record reviews, develops strategies and provides expert witness preparation. Her work involves Medical Malpractice, Worker’s Compensation, Personal Injury and a variety of legal cases. Previously, Brenda worked as a Health Care Coordinator for a large law firm and taught a Legal Nurse Consultation review course. Initially, she began working with attorneys on legal cases in California and has now expanded her scope throughout the Pacific NW.

Her clinical nursing experiences are vast and span 40 years. Brenda has worked as a staff nurse, as a nurse manager at major teaching facilities, as nurse case manager and as an adjunct nursing professor.

When not nursing, Brenda enjoys participating with a local performing group. The group has performed at the LA Christmas Parade, 75th Anniversary of Pearl Harbor Parade in Honolulu and the Washington DC Cherry Blossom Parade. Past nurses who have attended Brenda’s programs have appreciated the dynamic and fun way in which she can deliver excellent clinical and legal information. She has been a sought-after speaker at national, state and local levels, on a variety of topics that draw from her areas of expertise.

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Brenda Elliff maintains a private practice. She receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Nonfinancial: Brenda Elliff has no relevant nonfinancial relationship to disclose.
Credits listed below are for full attendance at the live event only. After attendance has been verified, pre-registered attendees will receive an email from PESI Customer Service with the subject line, “Evaluation and Certificate” within one week. This email will contain a link to complete the seminar evaluation and allow attendees to print, email or download a certificate of completion if in full attendance. For those in partial attendance (arrived late or left early), a letter of attendance is available through that link and an adjusted certificate of completion reflecting partial credit will be issued within 30 days (if your board allows). Please see “live seminar schedule” for full attendance start and end times. NOTE: Boards do not allow credit for breaks or lunch.

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, or questions on home study credit availability, 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 mental health professionals. 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 professions standards.

PESI, Inc. offers continuing education programs and products under the brand names PESI, PESI Healthcare, PESI Rehab and Psychotherapy Networker.

Nurses, Nurse Practitioners, and Clinical Nurse Specialists
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PESI, Inc. is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. Nurses in full attendance will earn 12.0 contact hours. Partial contact hours will be awarded for partial attendance.

California Nurses: PESI, Inc. is a provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number 17118 for 12.0 contact hours. Full attendance is required. No partial contact hours will be issued for partial attendance.

Other Professions
This activity qualifies for 720 minutes of instructional content as required by many national, state and local licensing boards and professional organizations. Save your course outline and certificate of completion, and contact your own board or organization for specific requirements.

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