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    • 19 Mar 2024
    • 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM (EDT)
    • Virtual
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    Forced Urinary Catheterization by Nurses for Police: “Reliable and Accepted” or “Wanton Misconduct”

    Presented by

    Etan Yeshua, JD, MSN, RN; VHC Health; Washington, DC

    Description

    Emergency nurses often face ethical dilemmas in their interactions with law enforcement. One such dilemma arises when police order emergency nurses to forcibly catheterize a resisting arrestee in order to collect a urine specimen for the sole purpose of obtaining evidence of drug or alcohol use. Although the procedure is invasive and serves no medical purpose, police argue it could produce evidence to protect public health and safety by keeping dangerous drivers off the road. This presentation assesses the ethical implications of the practice for nurses through a review of clinical literature, state laws, and court cases. It concludes that the practice violates nurses’ principal ethical obligations to hold a patient’s welfare as our primary commitment and does little to promote public health and safety. Therefore, hospitals and professional nursing organizations should issue policies and position statements to clarify for nurses, judges, law enforcement officers, and legislators that internally catheterizing unwilling people for the sole purpose of obtaining urine samples as evidence for police is antithetical to the values of nursing.

    Learner Objectives

    1. Understand how and why nurses are ordered to perform medically unnecessary urethral catheterization of people in police custody. 
    2. Consider the risks and benefits to the arrestee, and to public health, of forced, medically unnecessary urethral catheterization. 
    3. Evaluate the ethical implications of this practice for nurses in light of clinical literature as well as statutory and regulatory requirements.  
    4. Propose alternatives to current practices and changes to hospital, law enforcement, and judicial policies.

    Presenter

    Etan Yeshua holds a JD from Georgetown Law and an MSN from the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing. He worked as an attorney and regulatory consultant in the pharmaceutical, medical device, and food industries from 2011-2018, and he taught as an adjunct professor in that field at Georgetown Law.  Since 2018, he has worked in intensive care units in the Washington, DC area - as an RN since 2021. He is a member of his hospital's ethics committee and is particularly interested in nursing ethics and end of life decision-making.

    Registration Rates

    • TAANA Members: $0, free to members

    • Non-Members: $39
      Not a Member? Click here to join, then follow the instructions in the membership form to sign up for the webinar.

    CLE & Nursing CE

    This event is approved for CLE with the Alabama, New York, Texas and Pennsylvania state bars for live or on-demand participation. This event is approved for Nursing CE with the California Board of Nursing for live or on-demand participation. 

    Cancellation

    No refund due to cancellation. All registrants will have access to a video archive if you are unable to attend in person.

    • 18 Jun 2024
    • 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM (EDT)
    • Virtual
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    Unveiling the Hidden Burden: Forced Labor in Nursing Contracts

    Presented by

    Magen Kellam, JD; Law Offices of Magen E. Kellam, PA; Naples, Florida

    Description

    Join us as we uncover the hidden burden of forced labor in nursing contracts, and contribute to a meaningful discussion on promoting fairness, equity, and dignity within the nursing profession.

    As the United States continues to deal with healthcare staffing shortages, the industry is looking to foreign-educated nurses to fill critical roles. This demand for healthcare professionals, particularly nurses, has given rise to complex and exploitative practices within the nursing profession. This presentation aims to critically explore the issue of forced labor in nursing contracts, shedding light on the ethical, legal, and social implications of such practices. This presentation will provide a comprehensive definition of forced labor, highlighting the relevance to the nursing profession and foreign nurses.

    The focus will then shift to identifying key factors that contribute to the prevalence of forced labor in nursing contracts, such as deceptive recruitment tactics, oppressive contract provisions, psychological manipulation, abuse of the legal process, and threats of severe financial harm. The presentation will further delve into the consequences of forced labor, discussing its impact on the well-being and professional development of nurses, as well as the quality of care provided to patients. Case studies will be presented to illustrate the real-life experiences of nurses who have faced forced labor situations. Attorneys and healthcare professionals will learn to identify forced labor in nursing and discuss the legal implications for facilities and healthcare companies that may be knowingly, or unknowingly, participating in such a venture. The presentation will propose actionable recommendations to tackle forced labor in nursing contracts, ranging from increased transparency and accountability to empowering nurses through education and advocacy.

    Learner Objectives

    1. Understand the concept of forced labor and identify how it is being used in nursing.
    2. Discuss the legal and ethical challenges of forced labor in nursing contracts. 
    3. Raise awareness and consider the potential role of nurse attorneys and healthcare professionals in policy, practice, and leadership to combat forced labor in nursing.

    Presenter

    Magen is an accomplished attorney with nearly two decades of experience in civil litigation, immigration, and human rights matters. She represents clients before the U.S. Immigration Service (USCIS), U.S. Immigration Court, U.S. Department of Labor, U.S. Department of State, as well as state and federal courts. Magen collaborates with governmental and non-governmental organizations to champion justice for foreign workers and she is best known for her work in the fight against human trafficking. Magen has represented and assisted countless survivors of sex and labor trafficking and since 2006, she has developed a focused practice working to combat the forced labor and human trafficking of foreign healthcare professionals. Magen’s mission includes seeking justice in court, immigration relief, educating the community, preventing exploitation, and empowering survivors.

    Registration Rates

    • TAANA Members: $0, free to members

    • Non-Members: $39
      Not a Member? Click here to join, then follow the instructions in the membership form to sign up for the webinar.

    CLE & Nursing CE

    This event is approved for CLE with the Alabama, New York, Texas and Pennsylvania state bars for live or on-demand participation. This event is approved for Nursing CE with the California Board of Nursing for live or on-demand participation. 

    Cancellation

    No refund due to cancellation. All registrants will have access to a video archive if you are unable to attend in person.

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