Tools for Patient Advocacy: How to Use Existing Nursing Laws to Protect Your Patients and Practice

This course will cover topics relevant to the practice of registered nurses in Illinois. With an emphasis on current laws and regulations governing the RN scope of practice and also the practice of hospitals and other healthcare entities in Illinois. Registered nurses scope of practice will be described, as well as parameters of practice of other healthcare personnel.

It will further explore what legal protections exist for both patients and nurses and how direct-care nurses can ensure those protections are enforced.

Upon completion of this program, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe and differentiate between RNs scope of practice and that of other healthcare personnel.Understand the legal boundaries and responsibilities of the profession.
  2. Describe patient protection initiatives and how to defend them.
  3. Display an understanding of enforcement agencies
    and their role in assisting RNs to uphold high standards of nursing care.
  4. Understand and defend the scientific principles on which nursing practice is based.

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CE courses are free to National Nurses Organizing Committee/National Nurses United members and student nurses. For direct-care and staff RNs. Participants will be notified by U.S. mail and by email if a course is cancelled.

FOR DIRECT-CARE AND STAFF RNs – Provided by California Nurses Association. Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number CEP754 for 6 contact hours.