NSO's Focus On: Malpractice Prevention

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NSO & CNA is and have always been committed to providing the nursing community with risk education. Our online risk management CE modules provide you with access to a wealth of information that can help you manage your practice risks and lessen your exposure to facing a professional liability or license protection claim.
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Nursing professionals who are NSO policyholders and partner members can save up to 50% on the cost of Focus on Malpractice Prevention online risk management continuing education modules. Earn 6 contact hours through NSO’s new Focus on Malpractice Prevention risk management program and, as NSO policyholders, receive a 10% non-cumulative risk management premium credit on your individual professional liability insurance premium for up to three years.
(1)  To take a CE on Lippincott's NursingCenter.com, you must be a registered member.  Not a member?  Sign up now.  If you are already a member, please login.
(2)   You must secure a total of 6.0 Contact Hours (0.6 CEUs) or more by completing a combination of Focus on Malpractice Prevention modules located on the NSO/CNA risk management page within the NursingCenter.com website.  Modules located outside of this page are NOT approved for the CNA risk management discount. The price displayed includes a 50% discount off the regular price. 
(3)   Print the NSO Continuing Education form. Include your name, address and policy number (if applicable) in the space provided.
(4)   Sign the form. Unsigned forms will not be processed.
(5)   Make a copy of this form for your records.
(6)   If you are a current NSO customer with an individual professional liability insurance policy then fax a copy of the form with your certificates of completion to 1-800-758-3635.

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Short Tutorial on NSO's Focus On Malpractice Prevention



 Risk Advisor for Advanced Practice Nurses: Evidence-based Practice Protects Against Litigation (1.5 contact hours)

 Risk Advisor for Nursing Professionals: Reducing Legal Risk While Caring for Patients (2.5 contact hours)

 Risk Advisor for Advanced Practice  Nurses: How to Protect Your License (1.7 contact hours)

 Risk Advisor for Nursing Professionals: Know Your Risk for Legal Action  (2.7 contact hours)

 Risk Advisor for Advanced Practice Nurses: Know Your Risk for Legal Action (2.5 contact hours)
These continuing nursing education activities were expressly designed for nursing professionals and advanced practice nurses to help them avoid risk of practice liability through an overview of patient assessment and nursing practice mistakes. These activities also provide recommendations for how to approach a deposition.

Legal Issues: What You Need to Know to Protect Your Professional License (3.3 Contact Hours)
This three-part series discusses nursing disciplinary actions and provides tips for maintaining one's license in good standing. Part 1 discusses misconceptions nurses commonly have about licensure. Part 2 will discuss common reasons boards of nursing conduct investigations and take disciplinary action. Part 3 will be a discussion of strategies for protecting your license.  This CE is associated with the following articles:
Legal Clinic: Common Misconceptions About Professional Licensure
AJN, American Journal of Nursing, October 2012
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Professional Licensure: Investigation and Disciplinary Action
AJN, American Journal of Nursing, November 2012
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LEGAL CLINIC: Professional Licensure Protection Strategies
AJN, American Journal of Nursing, December 2012
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  NSO Educator Toolkit: Communication for Nursing Professionals (1.5 Contact Hours)
The practice of nursing utilizes constant communication – both verbal and non verbal - between the nursing professional and the patient, the patient’s family, the nurse’s co-workers, supervisors, and many others.  A breakdown in communication can cause negative outcomes and the possibility of sending or receiving incorrect messages frequently exists.  It is essential that nursing professionals know the key components of the communication process, how to improve their skills, and the potential risks that exist with errors in communication. 

  Preoperative Evaluation: Nurse Practitioners and Medical Malpractice Case Study with Risk Management Strategies (0.5 Contact Hours)
Medical malpractice claims can be asserted against any healthcare provider. Although there may be a perception that physicians are held responsible for the majority of lawsuits, the reality is that nursing professionals are more frequently finding themselves defending the care they provide. Read this summary of an actual case brought against a nurse practitioner with outcomes and risk control recommendations.

Provided by Nurses Service Organization and CNA

  Nurse Practitioner 2012 Liability Update
CNA and Nurses Service Organization
October 2012  

  Risk Control Self-Assessment Checklist for Nurse Practitioners
CNA and Nurses Service Organization
October 2012  

  NSO Risk Advisor for Advanced Practice Nurses
Nurses Service Organization
May 2012  

  Understanding Nurse Liability 2006 -2010: A three-Part Approach
CNA Healthpro and Nurses Service Organization
November 2011  

  Risk Control Self-assessment Checklist for Nurses
CNA Healthpro and Nurses Service Organization
November 2011