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Nursing Mistakes & Negligence Allegations: Even If It’s Not Your Fault...It Will Become Your Problem

Wednesday, December 11, 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, cover 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 all that you need to know 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, MS, RN, CNMS, LHRN, LNCC, for this critical and self-protective look in to a very real nursing mistakes and negligence allegations made.
  1. Evaluate the latest legal pitfalls in nursing practice.
  2. Demonstrate 3 major areas the plaintiff must prove: existence of duty, breach of duty, and injury.
  3. Apply the standards of care to actual litigation cases.
  4. Analyze documentation samples so that you can avoid litigation and licensure risks.
  5. Determine the actual anatomy of a deposition.
  6. Explain preparation to be most successful in the courtroom, including appearance, demeanor and responses.

The Epidemic of Medical Mistakes
  • Types and sources of human error
  • Strategies to protect against human error/mistakes
  • Sentinel events and near misses
  • How to address errors: The punitive approach?
Root Cause Analysis Process and Culture of Safety
  • High risk areas to address in harm prevention
  • Med administration
  • Falls
  • Wounds/pressure injuries
  • Change in condition
  • Abuse
Swiss Cheese Model of Accident/Harm Causation
  • Degrees of negligence
  • What the plaintiff must prove
Allegations of Negligence: In the Legal Terms …
  • Doctrine of respondeat superior
  • Proximate cause
  • Reasonable medical probability
  • Causation
  • Damages
  • Foreseeability
  • Standards of care
Tips to Avoid the Traps
  • How documentation can help or hurt
  • Incident charting
  • The electronic medical record pitfalls
You are named in a suit! Now what!
  • Be the Plaintiff or Defendant
  • Review actual cases: Both frightening and exciting to learn from
  • Examples of the ill-prepared nurse in court
  • Feel how a deposition could go: Don’t let this happen to you!
  • How to survive a deposition and trial
Target Audience

  • Nurses
  • Nurse Practitioners
  • Clinical Nurse Specialists
  • Risk Managers
  • Legal Nurse Consultants
  • Attorneys
  • Paralegals


Rachel Cartwright-Vanzant, Ph.D., MS, LHRM, CCRN-K is an innovative educator using effective strategies to help nurses to easily understand complex concepts to avoid patient crisis. She is a legal nurse consultant, licensed healthcare risk manager and published author in peer reviewed journals. Her clinical insights have been sought to evaluate medical records for compliance with standards of care, including medication errors. Rachel delivers more than basic textbook information, because her presentations tap into her extensive experience in various clinical care roles. She is known in the healthcare industry as a patient safety expert, delivers keynote speeches, and provides expert witness testimony in court regarding nursing care and documentation deficiencies. Rachel connects immediately with her audience, because her humor and entertaining presentation style turns seemingly boring topics into fun conversations.

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.
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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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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 6.3 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 6.0 contact hours. Full attendance is required. No partial contact hours will be issued for partial attendance.

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