Nursing: Know Your Risks (Non-Physician Version)

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Nurses are dedicated to providing the highest level of care to their patients. However, despite their commitment, errors may still occur. Breakdowns in communication, failure to escalate concerns, and failure to rescue patients are all areas where nurses may be vulnerable to risk. Learn about malpractice vulnerabilities in nursing and discuss strategies to mitigate risk and improve patient safety.

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

  • Discuss malpractice risks specific to nursing
  • Review nursing malpractice data relative to communication, escalation of concern and failure to rescue
  • Describe strategies to mitigate risk including structured communication and team training


  • Carol Keohane, MS, RN - Asst. V.P. Patient Safety, CRICO
  • Penny Greenberg, MS, RN, CPPS – Sr. Program Director, Patient Safety Services, CRICO Strategies
  • Lisa Heard, MSN, RN, CPHQ – Sr. Program Director, Patient Safety and Education, CRICO

Continuing Medical Education

CRICO/Risk Management Foundation of the Harvard Medical Institutions is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
CRICO/RMF designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category I Credit™
Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

This activity is designed to be suitable for 1.0 hours of Risk Management study in Massachusetts.


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