This course begins with a brief review of the legal elements and most common types of nursing negligence. It offers practical guidance and application to help nursing professionals prevent acts of negligence in the workplace. The course also provides several scenarios to test understanding of situations where nursing negligence may or may not be occurring. To complete this course, you must do the following:Read the Overview and Course Objectives.Study the Terminology. Study the Content. Complete the Learning Activity.Complete the Post Test.
OVERVIEW This course discusses the legal elements of nursing negligence. It also provides expanded information on delegation of nursing tasks to unlicensed personnel such as Certified Nursing Assistants (CNAs)--including the ANA's 5-Rs of Delegation--and describes how this can affect liability. Information is provided on the most common types of negligence, with the goal of helping nurses protect themselves, their patients and their healthcare institution.
This course is designed to raise awareness about the risks, consequences and legal liabilities of nursing negligence. Guidance is also offered to help nurses protect themselves, their patients and the facility at which they work.
The purpose of this program is to provide nurses and other healthcare professionals an understanding of the importance of preventing nursing negligence in all areas of patient care in order to assist the patient's continuing care and avoid legal implications.
After completing this course, the learner should be able to: Define nursing negligence Describe the four legal components of nursing negligence Explain the importance of and identify the 5 “R’s” of delegation Identify and describe the common forms of nursing negligence Explain what can be done to prevent acts of negligence in the workplace Identify various practical situations in which acts of negligence may or may not be occurring