Current Legal Changes: Innovative Legal Seminar for Nursing Students

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The purpose of this article is to share an understanding of the value of a legal seminar within a baccalaureate nursing curriculum. Student nurses are challenged with legal issues regularly. They must keep abreast of legalities due to working in many clinical settings, having service-learning courses, and being confronted with rapid health care change. Student nurses can be kept current about health care law and malpractice by having experts share in a legal seminar format. Student nurses, who represent the future of the profession, may learn the skills to identify and act in situations that have legal implications. When presented with legal content, students can improve critical thinking skills. This exposure to legal content enables the students to respond appropriately and apply legal knowledge to situations involving patient care. Nurse educators have an important role in linking legal theory with practice. Since legal content is continually changing, the ramifications for practice continue to change as well. The real challenge for nurse educators is to maintain current nursing curriculum and to provide educational opportunities that advance student nurses' integration of content into practice. A legal seminar is a creative means for providing this content for students.


Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: December 1, 2007

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