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Disciplinary Actions: What Every Nurse Should Know

Online, self-paced CE course

Proactively protect your reputation and your record!

Cost: US$30

CE Credit: 4.8 Contact Hours

Subscription Length: 3 weeks

Enroll Now: Go to NCSBN's Online Campus Now

Audience: This program is for every nurse in every practice setting at every level of practice.

Understand the regulations before there’s a problem.

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Of all the complaints against nurses that go to state boards of nursing, between one quarter and one half result in disciplinary action.  With an increase in the number of complaints, it’s important for every nurse to have a good understanding of the disciplinary process, including:

  • Which offenses most often result in disciplinary actions?
  • How can I decrease my risk of license suspension? 
  • How can I identify and prevent problems in my own practice?
  • What should I do if I receive a disciplinary warning or action?
  • What steps can I take to protect my registered nurse license from suspension or revocation?

For only $30, you will receive three weeks of unlimited, 24-hour access to the course materials, earning 4.8 contact hours. 

Sign up and start learning how to protect your nurse license today!

Gain knowledge that can protect your nurse license.

Even if your overall performance is above reproach, it’s important to understand how a small oversight or lapse in judgment could lead to disciplinary action.  Master these course objectives, and you’ll learn to:

  • Recognize events and actions that may lead to disciplinary actions.
  • Prevent risk exposure through appropriate nursing practices.
  • Describe strategies to address disciplinary infractions made by colleagues.
  • Address disciplinary infractions attributed to the nurse’s practice.
  • Discuss the disciplinary process from complaint through resolution.

Invest in your nurse licensure... at your convenience!

As an RN or LPN/LVN, your work is constantly under scrutiny. Learn to keep your practice above reproach through a fun and interactive e-learning experience:

  1. Learn by doing — Explore “Links to Knowledge,” visual and graphic aids, and key terms as you navigate through the course contents.

  2. Reflect on what you learn — Complete short-answer and essay questions in the downloadable workbook. Note: Completion of the workbook may be necessary to meet board of nursing requirements.

  3. Benefit from other’s experience – Learn from Julia Aucoin, RN, DNS, DC, and Tonia Aiken, RN, JD, BSN, two recognized experts on disciplinary action in nursing.

  4. Complete the course at your own pace — Guide yourself through the course and complete assignments at your convenience.

Take action to improve your practice, and protect your registered nurse license or licensed practical/vocational nurse license. 

Sign up for Disciplinary Actions: What Every Nurse Should Know today!


Developed by: This course was developed by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN)

Author(s): Tonia D. Aiken, RN, JD and Julia Weigland Aucoin, DNS, RN, BC

Background: Tonia Aiken is a nurse attorney and mediator in private practice for 20 years in the areas of medical malpractice and representing nurses in disciplinary actions. She is also a national speaker and Editor/Contributing author for the textbooks Legal, Ethical and Political Issues in Health Occupations, along with numerous other articles/ chapters. She is a past president of The American Association of Nurse Attorneys and the Foundation.  

Background: Julia Aucoin has been working in nursing professional development for over twenty years. As both an academic and a practice educator, she employs creative learning strategies, to make learning fun and make it stick. Currently she is employed as an Assistant Professor of Nursing at University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and is working with both undergraduate and graduate students. Julie maintains a consulting practice as well, focusing on computer-based instruction, NCLEX® performance improvement, and accreditation issues for educators. Julie’s
nursing degrees are all from Louisiana State University Health Science Center and she has taught in Louisiana, Tennessee, and North Carolina.