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Chapter Listing

Correctional Nurse Legal Briefs: Important Information to Keep You Out of Court! - DEMO


Chapter 1: Professional Liability Issues

Audience - An online continuing education course for nurses, medical health professionals, and other interested individuals working in a correctional setting, whether jail, prison, or juvenile detention facility. This information is also helpful for those working in forensic mental health units or hospital locked units.


Possibly more than any other nursing specialty, correctional nursing practice is lawsuit-prone. Our patient population, already in the criminal justice system, frequently seeks legal action when they feel they have not received rightful healthcare. Nurses working in the correctional setting have all the same accountability for delivering and documenting care as those working in traditional settings, along with some unique risks and liabilities that need attention. Correctional nurses must be acutely aware of malpractice and negligence concerns along with specific constitutional and civil rights issues related to the incarcerated patient.


Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • List common areas of nursing malpractice as they relate to the correctional nursing specialty.
  • Differentiate malpractice legal claims from constitutional and civil rights claims in correctional health care.
  • Outline methods for delivering quality nursing care to avoid legal challenges to the practice.


Chapter 1: Professional Liability Issues

  • Components of a Malpractice Claim
  • Common Areas of Nursing Malpractice Claims

Additional Resource
Preventing Nursing Negligence in Your Practice

Chapter 2: Constitutional and Civil Rights Issues

  • Deliberate Indifference Explained
  • Serious Medical Need
  • Three Basic Rights of Estelle v. Gamble
  • Section 1983
  • Prison Litigation Reform Act (PLRA)

Chapter 3: Confidentiality, HIPPA and the Correctional Nurse

Chapter 4: Ten Ways Correctional Nurses Can Land in Court

  • Additional Resource
  • Nursing Negligence: What Can You Do? 

Chapter 5: Resources

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