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LN 400 – Theory and Practice I


This CE course is the foundational course for the Legal Nurse Consulting program and provides a comprehensive learning program for the current principles and practices of Legal Nurse Consulting today. This course examines issues of health care and nursing law, as well as the judicial system. This course utilizes the most current and authoritative textbook in the specialty of legal nurse consulting and presents all facets of the practice. You receive comprehensive education in the professional practice of consulting, as well as appropriate health care and nursing law. Continuation of the study of legal nurse consulting continues in the other three track courses for this specialty. Requirement for this course is current state licensure/registration as a Registered Nurse. Course Code: LN 400. Contact hours of education = 45.

This course is particularly designed for those who would like to apply for Certification as a “Certified Specialist by the American College of Legal Nurse Consulting.

Instructor/Course Author:  Dominick L. Flarey, Ph.D, MBA, RN,BC, CNAA, LNC-CSp., FACHE

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TIME FRAME: You are allotted two years from the date of enrollment, to complete all of the courses in this continuing education program. There are no set time-frames per course, other than the two year allotted time. If you do not complete the courses within the two-year time-frame, you will be removed from the course and an “incomplete” will be recorded for you in our records. Also, if you would like to complete the courses after this two-year expiration time, you would need to register and pay the course tuition fee again.

TEXTBOOK: There is one (1) textbooks for the course:

This course of study requires the use of a text book. The text for the course is: “Legal Nurse Consulting: Principles and Practice.” You are required to purchase this text on your own.

Legal Nurse Consulting: Principles and Practice Second Edition. Patricia W. Iyer, MSN, RN, LNCC. Bocca Raton:CRC Press; 2002. ISBN-10: 0849314186, ISBN-13: 978-0849314186

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GRADING: You must achieve a passing score of at least 70% to complete this course and receive the 30 hours of awarded continuing education credit. There are no letter grades assigned. You will receive notice of your total % score. Those who score below the minimum of 70% will be contacted by the American College of Legal Nurse Consulting and options for completing additional course work to achieve a passing score, will be presented.

BOARD APPROVALS: AIHCP is an approved provider of continuing education by the Florida Board of Nursing and the District of Columbia Board of Nursing. CE Provider # 50-11975. Access information

The American Institute of Health Care Professionals (The Provider) is approved by the California Board of Registered Nurses, Provider number # CEP 15595 for 45 Contact Hours.

This course, also has the following Board of Nursing Approvals, for 45 contact hours of CE

The American Institute of Health Care Professionals Inc: is a Rule Approved Provider of Continuing Education by the Arkansas Board of Nursing. CE Provider # 50-11975.
The American Institute of Health Care Professionals Inc: is a Rule Approved Provider of Continuing Education by the Georgia Board of Nursing. CE Provider # 50-11975.
The American Institute of Health Care Professionals Inc: is a Rule Approved Provider of Continuing Education by the South Carolina Board of Nursing. CE Provider # 50-11975.
The American Institute of Health Care Professionals Inc: is a Rule Approved Provider of Continuing Education by the West Virginia Board of Examiners for Professional Registered Nurses. CE Provider # 50-11975.
The American Institute of Health Care Professionals Inc: is a Rule Approved Provider of Continuing Education by the New Mexico Board of Nursing. CE Provider # 50-11975.

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* Examination Access: there is link to take you right to the online examination program where you can print out your examination and work with it. All examinations are formatted as “open book” tests. When you are ready, you can access the exam program at anytime and click in your responses to the questions. Full information is provided in the online classrooms.

Student Resource Center: there is a link for access to a web page “Student Resource Center.” The Resource Center provides for easy access to all of our policies/procedures and additional information regarding applying for certification. We also have many links to many outside reference sites, such as online libraries that you may freely access.

* Online Evaluation: there is a link in the classroom where you may access the course evaluation. All students completing a course, must, without exception, complete the course evaluation.

* Faculty Access Information: you will have access to your instructor’s online resume/biography, as well as your instructor’s specific contact information.

* Additional Learning Materials: some faculty have prepared additional “readings” and /or brief lecture notes to enhance your experience. All of these are available in the online classrooms.




1. Discuss definitions and types of law.
2. Define and discuss the elements of negligence.
3. Define and discuss various types of torts
4. Define and discuss standards of care
5. Identify many sources of standards of care
6. Understand standards of professional performance
7. Identify common areas of liability in health care
8. Discuss the process of discovery in a legal case
9. Identify sources of law related to medical records
10. Understand and discuss issues of disclosure and confidentiality
11. Understand rules of evidence for medical records at trial
12. List the discovery tools used in litigations
13. Discuss interrogatories and depositions
14. Identify the role of the legal nurse in deposition preparation
15. Define and describe the duty to obtain informed consent
16. Define elements of proof for informed consent cases
17. Understand law on informed consent
18. Discuss health care powers of attorney and advance directives
19. Discuss the right to refuse treatment
20. Discuss the history and evolution of legal nurse consulting
21. Identify qualities and traits of the LNC
22. Understand key elements that define a profession
23. Define the nursing process as it relates to LNC
24. Identify how standards of practice can be applied to a legal case
25. Discuss standards of practice for legal nurse consultants
26. Discuss the ethical basis of nursing and legal nurse consulting practice
27. Identify major ethical issues related to legal nurse consulting


Legal Theory
1). The Law, Standards of Care, & Liability Issues.
2). Access to Medical Records.
3). Discovery & Disclosure.
4). Informed Consent.
5). Treatment Decisions.

Profession of Legal Nurse Consulting
1). The History & Evolution of Legal Nurse Consulting.
2). Entry into Specialty Practice of Legal Nurse Consulting.
3). Professionalism, Standards of Practice & Professional Performance.
4). Certification.
5). Ethical Theory and the Practice of Legal Nurse Consulting.
6). Nursing Theory: Applications to Legal Nurse Consulting