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Nursing Documentation: The Legal Side of Care

If the care your organization provides today comes under scrutiny months or years from now, would your documentation enable you to accurately describe the standard of care delivered to the patient? If you were required to testify in defense of the care you provided to a patient in court, would your documentation be adequate to protect you from professional liability? Do your pre- and post-surgical assessments include a Review of Systems for the body system operated on, and do they incorporate other fundamentals of nursing care? Have you been out of nursing school a while and need a refresher on how to best document the care you are delivering? If you are not absolutely certain that your clinical documentation is the best it can be, you do not want to miss this webinar! During this program, you will learn how to identify and avoid risky documentation, integrate your discoveries into your practice, and keep your license unblemished. The content discussed will be immediately applicable to your clinical practice and may keep you out of the courtroom. Registration includes a general chart audit tool that can be used for any specialty to conduct a random patient audit for our high-risk areas.

Universal Precautions for Health Communications

Patient communication is critical for ensuring patient compliance, efficient facility scheduling and optimal reimbursement. In particular, low health literacy is recognized as a serious public health problem due to its widespread prevalence and significant impact on health outcomes. More than 90 million Americans have limited health literacy skills. Healthcare providers tend to overestimate the literacy levels of patients and routinely fail to use clear health communication techniques when interacting with patients. The growth of outpatient care has placed the onus on patients to manage their health appropriately. However, in order to provide optimal care for patients as well as run an efficient facility, healthcare providers must be able to identify and interact with patients with low health literacy, and create appropriate and useful education materials. This program will provide insight into low health literacy issues and offer best practices to assist in accurately identifying patients who may require alternative education methods to meet their needs.

Standards of Care for Clinical Practice

All nurses have a duty to know standards of care that represent care provided to patients. Knowing the breadth of resources available for obtaining information applicable to the care issues is a major component in developing a solid clinical practice. This webinar will provide information and many current resource references that will guide all healthcare providers in their clinical practice.

The Florida Board of Nursing has added a new continuing education requirement 69B9-5.013.

Beginning with the biennium ending in 2015, each licensee shall complete a two-hour course on the laws and rules that govern the practice of nursing in Florida. This course can only be offered by a Board of Nursing approved continuing education provider. Medical Legal Concepts, LLC is a Florida Board of Nursing approved Continuing Education Provider and offers a two-hour presentation that can be accessed on-line or be requested as a live presentation.

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