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Session 1. NSO Presentation on Malpractice Claims and Data

  • Jennifer Flynn, CPHRM; Aon/Nurses Service Organization (NSO); Fort Washington, Pennsylvania
  • Lynn Pierce, BSN, RN, CPHRM; CNA Healthcare Risk Control; Atlanta, Georgia

Learner Objectives:

  1. List the leading allegations made against nurses in malpractice lawsuits.
  2. List the leading allegations made against nurses in Board of Nursing complaints.
  3. Identify key risk management tools that nurses can incorporate into their practice.

Session 2. What is Telehealth Practice: Regulatory Oversight and Professional Considerations during COVID and Beyond

  • Randi Kopf, RN, BS, BS, MS, JD; Kopf HealthLaw, LLC; Rockville, Maryland

Learner Objectives:

  1. Understand what is considered the practice telehealth prior to and during COVID.
  2. Identification of regulations, laws and professional codes that govern this practice.
  3. Awareness of professional abilities, liabilities and limits.

Session 3. Board Governance: Managing Conflicts of Interest

  • Marla Weston, PhD, RN, FAAN; Weston Consulting LLC; Washington, DC

Learner Objectives:

  1. Describe the legal duties of a board member.
  2. Describe conflict of interest for a board member.
  3. Implement strategies to avoid or mitigate conflicts of interest.

Session 4. Evidence in Nursing Licensure Actions and Practical Solutions

  • Yolonda Green, JD; Administrative Law Judge; Florida Division of Administrative Hearings; Tallahassee, Florida

Learner Objectives:

  1. Identify examples of valuable evidence to support presentation of a case.
  2. Identify Methods to preserve evidence and the record.
  3. Evaluate evidence offered in an evidentiary matter.
  4. Identify pitfalls offering certain evidence and how to overcome them.

Session 5. Scope of Practice and Ethical Issues for Nurse Practitioners

  • Melanie Balestra, JD, NP, MN, BSN; Law Offices of Melanie Balestra; Rancho Mirage, California

Learner Objectives:

  1. Define scope of practice.
  2. List two scope of practice issues and resolutions.
  3. List two ethical issues and possible resolutions.
  4. List two risk management strategies for practicing within the scope of practice.

Session 6. NCSBN's Adverse Event Decision Pathway For Nurse Leaders/Administrators

  • Kathleen Russell, JD, MN, RN; NCSBN; Chicago, Illinois

Learner Objectives:

  1. Identify nursing executives' barriers to reporting serious adverse events to a board of nursing.
  2. Understand the Adverse Event Decision Pathway.
  3. Relate the NCSBN study and how the AEDP made significant impacts on the study participants' disciplinary decisions.

Session 7. The Role of Judicial Review in Professional Discipline

  • Amigo Wade, Acting Director; Virginia Division of Legislative Services; Richmond, Virginia

Learner Objectives:

  1. Participants will be exposed to a basic level of case law analysis as it pertains to professional licensure actions against nurses.
  2. Identify key legal issues facing Boards of Nursing when (i) reviewing licensing applications, (ii) imposing professional discipline, and (iii) protecting the confidentiality of patient information, and how the issues are resolved under judicial review.

Session 8. The Effect of OIG’s Exclusion Authorities on Nurses

  • Nancy W. Brown, Esq; Office of Counsel to the Inspector General; U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; Washington, DC
  • Felicia Heimer, Esq; Office of Counsel to the Inspector General; U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; Washington, DC
  • Jonathan L. Culpepper, Esq; Office of Counsel to the Inspector General; U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; Washington, DC

Learner Objectives:

  1. Introduction to OIG and its' services.
  2. Review and discuss OIG Administrative Sanctions.
  3. Explore "Exclusions" its Impact.
  4. Review case studies and resources about Mandatory v. Permissive Exclusion.

Session 9. Unconscious/Implicit Bias and Its Impact on TAANA Members Efforts Regarding Diversity, Inclusion, Equality and Racism

  • Jay B. Marks, PhD; Diversity and Equity Consultant, Oakland County Intermediate School District, Oakland County, Michigan
  • Robert A. Martin, PhD; Visiting Assistant Professor, Oakland University, Rochester, Michigan

Learner Objectives:

  1. Define unconscious/implicit bias.
  2. State three elements of unconscious/implicit bias.
  3. Identify how unconscious/implicit bias impacts us in our interactions with others in TAANA and in our work environment.
  4. Identify how unconscious/implicit bias impacts others whom we interact with in TAANA and in our work environment.
  5. State two ways to mitigate or reduce unconscious/implicit bias in our interactions with others in TAANA and in our work environment.

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Session 10a. Where Will Your Business Be Without You? Planning For Your Business Succession

  • Mila Carlson, PhD, MSHSA, RN, CNLCP, CMSP-F; Success(ion) Solutions, Inc.; Rockford, Illinois

Learner Objectives:

  1. Define succession planning.
  2. Identify 5 components to address in succession planning.
  3. Learn how to structure a solopreneur business for succession.
  4. Identify ways to deal with emergent circumstances in a solopreneur business.
  5. Determine steps to facilitate the succession transition for retirement or sale of the business.

Session 10b. The Critical Failures in Substance Use Disorder Treatment

  • Susan Ramsey, RN, JD; McLaughlin Stern; Jupiter, Florida

Learner Objectives:

  1. Understanding substance use disorders and its occurrence within the United States currently.
  2. Gain basic to intermediate understanding of the legal structure of substance abuse treatment and the standards of care applicable to substance use disorder treatment using examples of illegal and inappropriate practices.
  3. Learn where to find additional resources about representing Substance Abuse Treatment Centers or survivors of substandard treatment.

Session 11. Avoiding Arbitration Agreements

  • Kathleen Kearney, JD, MSN, RN, CNE; Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center SON; Dallas, Texas

Learner Objectives:

  1. Identify typical provisions in arbitration agreements.
  2. Evaluate "pros" and "cons" of arbitration agreements signed by patients and nurse-employees.
  3. Analyze the legal and ethical ramifications of arbitration agreements signed by patients and nurse-employees.
Session 12. Creating Funnels Through Social Media to Grow Your Business, Expand Your Brand, and Create Passive Income
  • Irnise Williams, JD, RN; The Law Office of Irnise F. Williams, LLC; Owings Mills, Maryland

Learner Objectives:

  1. Identify which form of social media is most natural for you to engage and grow your contacts and connections.
  2. How to create engaging content that can be shared across various medium.
  3. Understand how to create a funnel and guide potential clients or customers through the process.
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