Protecting Yourself from Malpractice Claims

Deanna Reising, PhD, APRN-BC, and Patricia Allen, MSN, APRN-BC



Greater nursing autonomy comes at the price of increased legal exposure. Learn how to reduce your liability. Take time to understand the legal principles of malpractice and incorporate these into your nursing practice.

Purpose/Goal: To provide registered nurses with information about how to prevent being part of a malpractice suit and how to react if they should be part of a malpractice action.


1. Identify the four elements of a malpractice lawsuit.
2. Discuss the most common causes of malpractice claims against nurses.
3. Describe how you should respond if named in a malpractice suit.
4. Discuss at least four guidelines to help prevent malpractice claims.


Deanna Reising, PhD, APRN-BC, is an Associate Professor of Nursing at Indiana University School of Nursing in Bloomington, Indiana. Patricia Allen, MSN, APRN-BC, is a Clinical Assistant Professor at Indiana University School of Nursing in Bloomington, Indiana.

The planners and author of this CNE activity have disclosed no financial relationships with any commercial companies pertaining to this activity.

Contact Hours: 1.6

Expiration Date: 12/31/2011


Member Price: $15.00
Non-Member Price: $20.00

Join ANA and receive discounted and FREE contact hours