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Professional Accountability & Legal Liability for Nurses

Online, self-paced CE course

Reduce your risk of of legal liability.

Cost: US$30

CE Credit: 4.6 Contact Hours

Subscription Length: 3 weeks

Enroll Now: Go to NCSBN's Online Campus Now

Audience: This course is designed for nurses at every level of practice in all practice settings; nursing students can also benefit from the information in this course.

Make a lifelong commitment to professional accountability.

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As a nurse, you are accountable for your individual practice of nursing. With the increased demands of patient care, understanding nursing accountability and legal liability will help you make educated decisions — that protect you and your patients.

This self-paced course can help you answer critical questions including:

  • What do I need to know before I accept an assignment?
  • What should I do if an assignment is outside of my skill set?
  • What are some of the legal implications of my daily nursing decisions?
  • What types of nursing activities can I assign to unlicensed assistive personnel?

For only $30, you will receive three weeks of unlimited, 24-hour access to the course materials, earning 4.6 contact hours.

Sign up and start learning about professional accountability in nursing today!

Weigh your options… and make educated decisions!

Professional Accountability & Legal Liability for Nurses will help you master these course objectives:

  • Explain the importance of knowing and understanding the nurse practice act and the role of a board of nursing
  • Identify examples of nursing negligence and legal liability 
  • Relate how professional accountability and responsibility impact nursing practice 
  • Describe how nurses can enhance patient safety and minimize liability exposure

When you provide quality care that's consistent with current professional knowledge, you increase the likelihood of desired health outcomes in patients.

Study nursing accountability at your convenience.

This online course uses fun and interactive e-learning techniques:

  1. Engage with the content — Explore patient safety videos, “Links to Knowledge,” visual and graphic aids and key terms throughout the course.

  2. Reinforce learning — Complete recurring scenario-based activities and knowledge checks (quizzes) throughout the course.

  3. Reflect on what you learn — Complete short-answer questions in the downloadable Assignment Book. 

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

At the end of the course, evaluate your understanding of key concepts by completing the post-test. A score of 75% or above is required to receive your contact hours!

Take the first step towards a higher level of nursing professionalism!  Sign up now.


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

Author: Susan H. Richmond, MSN, RN, NCSBN Content Manager

Based on the original course, written by:
- Beatrice Crofts Yorker, RN, MS, JD
- Laura R. Mahlmeister, RN, PhD

With contributions by:
- Nancy J. Brent, RN, MS, JD
- Kathleen Russell, JD, MN, RN, NCSBN Senior Policy Associate
- Angela Kennedy, RN, MSN, JD, former Nurse Consultant, Alabama Board of Nursing
- Joyce Winstead, MSN, RN, FRE, Nursing Practice Consultant, North Caroling Board of Nursing