To Err Is Human, or Is It: Know Your Legal Risks

Author(s): Sandy Salicco

Contact Hours 1.25

CERP B 1.25

Expires Oct 15, 2026

Topics: Legal

Role: Staff

Member: Free
NonMember: $10.00

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Activity Summary

Required reading for all learners: Implicit Bias impacts patient outcomes

Gone are the days when only hospitals and physicians are listed as defendants in medical malpractice lawsuits. The sad truth is, nurses are named as codefendants more frequently and charges are becoming more severe. Claims are derived from deviations from laws, policies and standards which seem reasonable under similar circumstances. Tips to avoid malpractice lawsuits are discussed with a focus on documentation, communication, utilizing chain-of-command, competency and monitoring.


  • Discuss laws, standards, policies and laws that help guide nursing practice.
  • Review recent cases involving nurses and identify potential risks exposures, with strategies for self-protection.
  • Identify positive and proactive responses which offer practical, feasible, sound and legal solutions for each.

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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.


The American Association of Critical-Care Nurses is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

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

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