Navigating Stormy Waters: Malpractice Issues for APRNs

Author(s): Christopher Blackwell

Contact Hours 1.25

CERP B 1.25

Expires Aug 15, 2026

Topics: Legal

Role: APRN

Member: Free
NonMember: $10.00

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Activity Summary

Required reading for all learners: Implicit Bias impacts patient outcomes

This presentation explores the latest information surrounding APRN civil malpractice litigation. The anatomy of an APRN malpractice lawsuit is dissected. Real malpractice cases involving APRNs working in acute and critical care settings are used to illustrate strategies maintaining focus on scope-of-practice boundaries, performing and documenting pertinent physical examination findings and developing, documenting, and evaluating plans of care in acute and critical care settings.


  • Describe the anatomy of a malpractice lawsuit.
  • Identify at least three major reasons APRNs are named as defendants in civil malpractice litigation.
  • Analyze at least three applicable clinical practice strategies to reduce risk for liability in malpractice litigation.

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Successful Completion

Learners must attend/view/read the entire activity, read Implicit Bias impacts patient outcomes, and complete the associated evaluation to be awarded the contact hours or CERP. No partial credit will be awarded.


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Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider number CEP 1036, for 1.25 contact hours.

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