This course will cover topics relevant to the practice of registered nurses in California. With an emphasis on current laws and regulations governing the RN scope of practice and also the practice of hospitals and other healthcare entities in California. Registered nurses scope of practice will be described, as well as parameters of practice of other healthcare personnel.
It will further explore what legal protections exist for both patients and nurses and how direct-care nurses can ensure those protections are enforced.
Upon completion of this program, participants will be able to:
- Describe and differentiate between RNs scope of practice and that of other healthcare personnel.
- Understand the legal boundaries and responsibilities of the profession.
- Describe patient protection initiatives and how to defend them.
- Display an understanding of enforcement agencies and their role in assisting RNs to uphold high standards of nursing care.
- Understand and defend the scientific principles on which nursing practice is based.
Learning And Applying Structural Competency
How is our health affected by the society in which we live? Why are U.S. patients consistently among the sickest in the industrialized world, despite having the highest health expenditure per person? How has the investment of tens of billions of dollars in healthcare technology affected patients and the nursing profession? What hap- pens to health outcomes when traditional jobs go by the wayside and laws to protect workers and communities are rolled back?
This class introduces nurses to a new approach to healthcare — structural competency — a cutting edge model that addresses the interplay of biological and social factors affecting patients and communities. The course examines how new healthcare technologies accelerate the shift of care from hospitals to less costly care settings, like clinics and the home, and the effect this may have on the patient and family caregivers. It explains how the “Uberization” of nursing undermines the holistic nurse-patient relationship with deleterious effects for RNs and patients. The class concludes by discussing how nurses can apply structural competency to protect their patients, profession, and communities and heal the structural causes of poor health in the United States.