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All patients have important rights that are protected under federal and state laws. These rights range from the freedom to make decisions about their own care to the freedom from unnecessary restraints and abuse.

  • Agenda

  • Read the Overview and Course Objectives.
  • Study the Terminology.
  • Read the course material.
  • Complete the Learning Activity.
  • Complete the Post Test with a score of 80% or more.

    The material is organized around the following categories:

  • Introduction
  • The Right to be Informed
  • The Right to Self Determination
  • The Right to Association and Communication
  • The Right to Personal Privacy
  • The Right to Personal Property
  • The Right to Freedom From Abuse and Restraint
  • The Right to Quality Care and Dignity
  • Conclusion

    The purpose of this program is to provide nurses with an understanding of how to identify and safeguard the rights of all patients. These rights are guaranteed by law.

    After completing this course, the learner should be able to:

  • Identify the seven specific rights that are protected by federal and state law.
  • LIst the five specific issues that invoke the right to be informed.
  • Describe three situations in which the patient has the right to exercise self-determination.
  • Describe three situations where it is important to protect the patient's personal privacy.
  • LIst three forms of patient abuse.
  • Describe a situation in which careless words would violate a patient's right to dignity.

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