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OVERVIEW: this online course is designed for certified legal nurse consultants. It is a comprehensive course and explores in-depth the legal system and the most pressing legal issues confronted today in nursing malpractice cases. Student's explore comprehensive theory related to issues of negligence and widely expand their base of knowledge in details related to malpractice law and case preparations. Course content is comprehensive and study of the material will provide an excellent review of content appropriate to legal nurse consulting practice, as well as more in-depth knowledge of issues of law. Upon successful completion of this course, students earn 60 continuing education contact hours toward recertification.

Instructor/Course Author:  Dominick L. Flarey, Ph.D, MBA, RN,BC, LNC-CS.P

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TEXTBOOKS: There is one (1) required textbook for this course.

Nursing Practice and the Law: Avoiding Malpractice and Other Legal Risks. By: Mary E. O'Keefe. Philadelphia;F.A. Davis Company:2001. ISBN # 0-8036-0602-8.

You are required to order your own copy of the textbook. Please be sure to order your book as soon as possible so that you can begin your course of study. Note: please be sure to purchase the third (3rd) edition of this book.

AIHCP Online Bookstore: AIHCP provides an online bookstore stocked with all of the required textbooks, and/or materials required for its CE courses. To purchase this book online, click the access store link, go to the table of categories, right upper hand corner, and click on Legal Nurse Consulting. Access AIHCP Store: click here

TIME FRAME: You are allotted two years from the date of enrollment, to complete this course. There are no set time-frames, other than the two year allotted time

BOARD APPROVALS: AIHCP is an approved provider of continuing education by the Florida Board of Nursing and the District of Columbia Board of Nursing. CE Provider # 50-11975. The American Institute of Health Care Professionals, Inc. is a licensed Continuing Education Provider in the State of California, Board of Registered Nursing, Provider # CEP 15595. Access information

Online Classroom Resouces and Tools

* Message Boards: each specialty program has an area to "post" on the message board. Students may post messages at anytime. Posting allows students to converse with those in the same specialty practice and to discuss issues/course content etc. Instructions for posting are provided in the online classrooms.

* Chat Rooms: each specialty has it's own unique "chat room." Inside of the classroom there is a schedule for "chat time" with students in your specific specialty practice. Participating in "chats" is voluntary. The chat sessions are used as means for students to come together and discuss course content or anything related to the courses and/or certification specialty.

* Examination Access: there is link to take you right to the online examination program where you can print out your examination and work with it. All examinations are formatted as "open book" tests. When you are ready, you can access the exam program at anytime and click in your responses to the questions. Full information is provided in the online classrooms.

* Student Resource Center: there is a link for access to a web page "Student Resource Center." The Resource Center provides for easy access to all of our policies/procedures and additional information regarding applying for certification. We also have many links to many outside reference sites, such as online libraries that you may freely access.

* Online Evaluation: there is a link in the classroom where you may access the course evaluation. All students completing a course, must, without exception, complete the course evaluation.

* Faculty Access Information: you will have access to your instructor's online resume/biography, as well as your instructor's specific contact information.

* Additional Learning Materials: some faculty have prepared additional "readings" and /or brief lecture notes to enhance your experience. All of these are available in the online classrooms.


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Upon completion of this course, you will be able to:

1. Describe the basic structure of our government and its branches and describe the        basic structure of state and federal court systems.
2. Identify participants in our court system and explain their roles in the judicial process.
3. Identify the various claims that may be brought by the patient against a nurse.
4. List the forms of discovery available to the patient and the nurse in civil litigation.
5. Explain the four elements of malpractice.
6. Identify the steps of a medical malpractice lawsuit.
7. Describe the defenses to a medical malpractice claim.
8. Describe the role of various witnesses testifying in a malpractice lawsuit.
9. Describe ethical decision-making models used in nursing practice.
10. Discuss major ethical issues in nursing.
11. Identify current issues and trends in nursing.
12. Explain the relationship between the state nurse practice act and state boards of      nursing.
13. Identify actions for which the nurse could be disciplined by the Board of Nursing.
14. Discuss legal issues that have an impact on the scope of practice of the advanced      practice nurse.
15. Identify the various elements of the negligence cause of action and analyze fact      patterns or scenarios in which the elements are present.
16. Identify defenses to the negligence cause of action.
17. Recognize sources of nursing standards.
18. Explain malpractice law as a minimum enforcement of a higher standard.
20. Recognize common situations they give rise to nursing malpractice cases.
21. Identify the major categories of vicarious liability, and assess actions they give rise       to a lawsuit for this liability.
22. Recognize statutory and regulatory requirements for documentation.
23. Identify when the nurse becomes legally responsible for the care of patients.
24. List the necessary components of adequate patient documentation.
25. Identify the difference between confidential and privileged communications.
26. Summarize the responsibility of the nursing maintaining patient confidentiality.
27. Identify trends in patients rights.
28. List the elements of informed consent.
29. Discuss the nurse's role in informed consent and the consequences of an adequate      consent.
30. Identify the employment laws affecting the nurses employee and as a manager.
31. Evaluate the principles of liability that may occur as a result of managed care.
32. Define the various methods of alternative dispute resolution used within the      healthcare profession.
33. Develop a perspective on how the legislative process can help nursing promote      quality care.
34. Discuss laws, and standards in clinical practice related to advanced practice nursing.
35. Identify and assess issues of legal risk in home health nursing.
36 Identify and assess issues of legal risk in the long-term care nursing.
37. Really present-day case law regarding nurses' behavior in caring for mentally ill persons.
38. Analyze general legal principles that regulate emergency nursing practice.
39. Identifies selected federal and state statutes that have a forensic impact on nursing      practice.
40. Discuss the components of a life care plan as used in patient and family education.
41. Identify laws that regulate violence in nursing practice.
42. Identify legal duties to reasonably protect the confidentiality of healthcare       information.
43. Analyze legal and ethical issues relevant to nursing practice within a correctional      facility.


A brief abstract of content:

1. American jurisprudence
2. Legal terminology
3. The nurse and the legal system
4. Ethics in nursing
5. Defining nursing practice
6. Elements of nursing negligence
7. Negligent specific to nursing
8. Vicarious liability for nursing negligence
9. Documentation
10. The nurse-patient relationship
11. Patient rights and informed consent
12. Nursing law and employment issues in nursing
13. Managed care and the law
14. Alternate dispute resolution in nursing
15. The legislative process
16. Advanced practice nursing
17. Home health nursing
18. Long-term care nursing
19. Psychiatric nursing
20. Emergency nursing
21. Forensic nursing
22. Life care planning
23. Violence in nursing
24. Telecommunications and patient confidentiality
25. Correctional nursing

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