NYSNA Seminar at Sea 2024

“Can Nursing Errors Be Prosecuted? Accountability in Your Nursing Practice”


Purpose Statement

Criminalizing medical errors does not make health systems safer. It ultimately puts more patients at risk because we drive reporting of near misses and errors underground, and we lose crucial learning opportunities that might help us resolve the underlying system failures and defects that allow these errors to occur.

In order to receive CHs/CEUs, all participants are required to complete the asynchronous online portion of the program, attend all face-to-face portions of the program, complete all in-session program assignments, complete an evaluation form, and identify obstacles and develop an action plan to help achieve accountability at the bedside.

Learning Outcome

At the conclusion of this program, the licensed healthcare practitioner will be able to distinguish between criminal and tort (practice/malpractice) causes of action and gauge the level of personal and patient risk regarding patient assignments after determining their own competency level concerning those patient assignments.


  • Restate three sources of standards of practice and causes of action in tort law
  • Restate three sources of standards of practice and causes of action in criminal law
  • Restate five types of unprofessional conduct
  • Restate five types of professional misconduct
  • Identify steps in the professional disciplinary process
  • Distinguish between competency, capacity and Mens Rea
  • Identify five intentional torts and their corollary crimes
  • Identify five unintentional torts and their corollary crimes
  • Evaluate individual competence as it relates to bearing primary responsibility for the provision of nursing care
  • Identify five workplace environmental situations that antagonize a nurses’ accountability and competency
  • Discuss how a nurses association and union can assist a nurse with upholding their accountability
  • Develop an action plan to address employer obstacles to nurses achieving full accountability at the bedside.

The New York State Nurses Association is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. This program has been awarded 19 contact hours through the New York State Nurses Association Accredited Provider Unit.

The New York State Nurses Association is accredited by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET) and is authorized to issue the IACET CEU. The New York State Nurses Association is authorized by IACET to offer 1.9 CEUs for this program.

NYSNA wishes to disclose that no commercial support or sponsorship was received.

NYSNA Program planners and presenters declare that they have no conflict of interest in this program.

Declaration of vested interests: None.

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