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Legal Risks for Nurses: Protect Yourself from the Courtroom!
Legal Risks for Nurses: Protect Yourself from the Courtroom!

Where:   NEW YORK, NY

When:  Wednesday, November 6, 2019 at 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

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Course Description:

Imagine that you and your manager/administrator have been served with a lawsuit related to the stay of a patient that you vaguely recall some 2-3 years ago. The failures listed in the complaint are voluminous, covering some 3 pages. You are both stone cold petrified. What went wrong? What am I being accused of? Why me? How am I supposed to remember any of this? How can this happen to me, a stellar nurse of 20 years?

This program will address all of this and provide you with pertinent information to prevent this scenario in the first place!

Healthcare today is rife with litigation against nurses. There is more accountability, reliability, autonomy and liability. The rate of nurses becoming part of lawsuits is steadily on the rise. Join Legal Consultant, Rachel Cartwright-Vanzant, MS, RN, CNS, LHRN, LNCC, for this critical and self-protective look in to very real legal risks for nurses.
Objectives:
  1. Evaluate the prevalence of nursing mistakes, with legal consequences.
  2. Explain common legal pitfalls in nursing practice.
  3. Demonstrate the three major areas the plaintiff must prove: existence of duty, breach of duty and injury.
  4. Assess documentation samples to avoid litigation and regulatory deficiencies.
  5. Distinguish a nurses’ trial appearance and presentation, to contribute beneficially to the case.
  6. Anticipate strategies to avoid high risk errors related to falls, wounds, abuse … and more.
OUTLINE

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?
Documentation
  • The do’s and don’ts of good charting
  • Problems with EHRs
  • Real charting examples and solutions
Confidentiality
  • 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
  • When do you need an attorney?
  • What can you do to protect your license?
  • Case examples
Nurse Whistleblower Protection Laws
Target Audience

  • Nurses
  • Advanced Practice Nurses
  • Legal Nurse Consultants
  • Risk Management

RACHEL CARTWRIGHT-VANZANT, PHD, MS, RN, LHRM, LNCC, CCRN-K

Rachel Cartwright-Vanzant, MS, RN, CNS, LHRN, LNCC, has nearly three decades of clinical, management and consulting experience. Rachel is a legal nurse consultant certified (LNCC), a licensed healthcare risk manager (LHRM) and she holds a forensic nurse certificate (FNC). As a legal nurse consultant, Rachel works with attorneys, law firms and healthcare organizations to review and evaluate medical records for compliance with standards of care and regulations posed by accreditation agencies, including The Joint Commission. In addition to her legal insights, Rachel draws from vast clinical experiences, including work in: critical care, renal transplant, dialysis and surgical settings.

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Rachel Cartwright-Vanzant is the Owner of Medical Legal Concepts, LLC. She is an Adjunct Instructor for the School of Nursing at Palm Beach State College. Ms. Cartwright-Vanzant receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Nonfinancial: Rachel Cartwright-Vanzant 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.

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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.

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Nurses, Nurse Practitioners, and Clinical Nurse Specialists
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Nurses in full attendance will earn 6.3 contact hours. Partial contact hours will be awarded for partial attendance.


Other Professions
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