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ANA Webinar: The Criminalization of Nursing Errors

​As a nurse leader, you are in a pivotal position to support your staff, promote safer systems, and develop a just culture within your organization.
In today’s challenging health care environment, with high pandemic-induced nurse burnout and moral injury along with staffing shortages, adverse events and near misses are not uncommon. The recent case of RaDonda Vaught, who was found guilty and sentenced to three years supervised probation after mistakenly administering the wrong medication that killed an elderly patient, makes it clear that nurses can be prosecuted and face the risk of being imprisoned for errors. The efforts to develop a just culture within which nurses trust that they can and should report errors without blame are now in danger of weakening or being abandoned.

The American Nurses Association is hosting a free, on-demand webinar on What Nurse Leaders Must Do to Ensure Patient Safety, Support Staff, and Promote a Just Culture. This 90-minute, on-demand webinar is presented by the outstanding speaker, nurse attorney and advocate, Edie Brous, JD, MS, MPH, RN.

Topics covered include:

  • Past cases of nurses being criminally charged: Will this continue to happen?
  • What nurse leaders need to know about the licensure implications of criminal charges and clinical error
  • How criminally charging nurses for an error undermines patient safety and nurse retention
  • The emotional and psychological toll clinical error takes on second victims:  How to support your staff using a trauma-informed approach
  • How to use the Just Culture approach to adverse event analysis
  • Hiring considerations in nurses with a conviction history
  • Potential liability for nursing managers: negligent hiring, negligent supervision, negligent retention, staffing, fraud, neglect/cruelty/abuse/exploitation, falsification of records, failure to report
  • Strategies to reduce liability

Click here to register. The on-demand viewing link will be emailed to all registrants on or about November 2, 2022.

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