I spoke this week in three cities in Illinois on legal issues in nursing. I am exhausted. I did however meet several wonderful nurses during these presentations.
One nurse asked, why aren't legal presentations scheduled more at conferences and seminars. That is a good question.
I would even propose that national and state nursing associations schedule a legal track at conferences, where nurses have the opportunity to learn about the most current legal issues impacting nursing practice.
I attend several conferences a year and there may be a legal topic here and there, but I have never attended a conference where a track is devoted to legal issues in nursing. In Ohio, Board of Nursing licensees are required to have one hour of CE on Ohio Nursing Law (Practice Act) and Rules (Board regulations) for licensure renewal. Therefore at most conferences for Ohio nurses you tend to see at least one hour of nursing law-related CE.
You might see a clinical track, educational track, pharmacological track, or a management track at a conference; what about a legal track? Do you think this is a good idea? What topics would you like to see covered?