Nursing: Legal Issues in Older Adult Care

11.95
Online
Elective
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About the Course

To provide better care to patients and to protect them from unintentional malfeasance or malpractice, it is important for nurses and other healthcare professionals to learn the general legal aspects related to the medical field and to understand the associated rights of the patient. This course is designed to examine patient’s rights and the legal issues that are pertinent to older adults as they face illness and end-of-life decisions about autonomy, informed consent, advance directives, and money management. The course provides older adult care givers insights and important information to help patients understand their rights and make decisions that will protect against malpractice.

Learning Outcomes:
Upon completion of this course, the learner will be able to:
  • Understand the concept of autonomy and how it applies to the healthcare decisions of older adults.
  • Explain three elements of informed consent.
  • Understand why older adults are not likely to have advance directives.
  • Examine how older adults become victims of illegal and legal methods of spending down their life savings.

About the Author:
Cheryl A. Lehman, PhD, RN, CNS-BC, RN-BC, CRRN 

Cheryl A. Lehman, PhD, RN, CNS-BC, RN-BC, CRRN, is the clinical coordinator for the Hill Country Mission for Health, where she oversees all clinical activities and all patient care. A nurse for 38 years, her clinical experiences include medical surgical nursing, rehabilitation nursing, and geriatric nursing. Dr. Lehman is licensed in the state of Texas as a registered nurse (RN) and as a clinical nurse specialist (CNS) in medical-surgical nursing. She is also board certified as a rehabilitation nurse, a gerontological nurse, and a CNS. Dr. Lehman is the immediate past president of the Association of Rehabilitation Nurses (ARN), editor and author of the ARN: Rehabilitation Nursing Core Curriculum, 7th Edition, and was the chair of the Data Safety Management Board for the Strong Star Consortium and the Consortium to Alleviate PTSD research studies on post-traumatic stress disorder, funded by the U.S. Department of Defense through the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio (2010-2016). 
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Legal Issues in Older Adult Care - N49522

11.95
About the Course

To provide better care to patients and to protect them from unintentional malfeasance or malpractice, it is important for nurses and other healthcare professionals to learn the general legal aspects related to the medical field and to understand the associated rights of the patient. This course is designed to examine patient’s rights and the legal issues that are pertinent to older adults as they face illness and end-of-life decisions about autonomy, informed consent, advance directives, and money management. The course provides older adult care givers insights and important information to help patients understand their rights and make decisions that will protect against malpractice.

Learning Outcomes:
Upon completion of this course, the learner will be able to:
  • Understand the concept of autonomy and how it applies to the healthcare decisions of older adults.
  • Explain three elements of informed consent.
  • Understand why older adults are not likely to have advance directives.
  • Examine how older adults become victims of illegal and legal methods of spending down their life savings.

About the Author:
Cheryl A. Lehman, PhD, RN, CNS-BC, RN-BC, CRRN 

Cheryl A. Lehman, PhD, RN, CNS-BC, RN-BC, CRRN, is the clinical coordinator for the Hill Country Mission for Health, where she oversees all clinical activities and all patient care. A nurse for 38 years, her clinical experiences include medical surgical nursing, rehabilitation nursing, and geriatric nursing. Dr. Lehman is licensed in the state of Texas as a registered nurse (RN) and as a clinical nurse specialist (CNS) in medical-surgical nursing. She is also board certified as a rehabilitation nurse, a gerontological nurse, and a CNS. Dr. Lehman is the immediate past president of the Association of Rehabilitation Nurses (ARN), editor and author of the ARN: Rehabilitation Nursing Core Curriculum, 7th Edition, and was the chair of the Data Safety Management Board for the Strong Star Consortium and the Consortium to Alleviate PTSD research studies on post-traumatic stress disorder, funded by the U.S. Department of Defense through the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio (2010-2016).