Legal Aspects of Nursing Course

Expanding roles and responsibilities for nurses have resulted in even greater liability risks. You need current information on nursing law - the laws governing the practice of nursing, and ways to protect yourself from malpractice claims. This course will review over 20 actual nursing cases and explain how they apply to everyday nursing situations. This information will be invaluable in your practice, and is presented an a fun yet informative way, with lots of nursing humor!

Nurse Attorney Laurie Elston is an expert on nursing law and will explain the law in an understandable way with practical tips you can immediately apply to your practice. Known for her sense of humor and animated presentation style, Attorney Laurie Elston is consistently described as a dynamic and engaging speaker.During the class she will show actual trial footage of expert testimony in a medical negligence action, and nurses in depositions. She has a passion for teaching and complicated concepts in a down to earth style that can be easily understood and applied.

Course Program(8:30-4:00) (includes extensive and detailed 2018 California Nursing Law Manual):

-Institute of Medicine Reports

-Medical/Nursing Lawsuit Process

-CA Nursing Acts, Duties, and Standards - recent updates

-Specialty Practice Areas

-Staffing and Ratio Law Issues

-Delegation and Supervision Issues - LVN supervision, new MA laws

-Liability Issues- When is the RN liable for the actions of others?

-Safety and Reporting Requirements

-Nursing Negligence (Includes CA state laws and video of experts testifying in court on negligence)

-Most Frequent Claims Against Nurses: in each practice area

-Risk Management: Preventing Errors and Lawsuits

               (12:00-1:00 Lunch)

-Malpractice Insurance- Should I buy it?

-Documentation, E.M.R.'s- pitfalls and recommendations

-Deposition Tips - watch videos of nurses testifying; what every nurse should know

-Confidentiality: HIPPA Myths, actual cases against nurses, and real life suggestions; New rules for nurses using online social media sites

-Informed Consent: California laws. Case of Utah nurse arrested in ED for refusing police blood draw. Could it happen to you?

-Advanced Directives: California's new 2016 POLST Law Changes, and new 2016 "Right to Die" Law

-Disciplinary and Licensing Proceedings by the Board of Nursing: The California  BRN files charges against approx. 1,400 nurses every year; most seeking to revoke the nurse' s license. Know your rights!

-Employment Laws: Whistle Blower Protection for Nurses. Not getting your lunch breaks? The latest court decision on this and other issues.

Class will include a review of a 2018 case Attorney Elston just tried in front of the CA Board of Registered Nursing.  Every nurse should know what happened in this case!


Course Dates, Locations, and Payments

Course Tuition - $185  Includes course, coffee/pastry, afternoon treats, 100+ page 2018 California Nursing Law Manual, and 7.2 CE contact hours. Paying online is simple, quick, and secure. When you click on the "Buy Now" buttons below you will be taken to PayPal to pay for the class.You will immediately receive a Receipt with the course you selected.** Please print your Receipt from Pay Pal and bring it to the class - no other confirmation is needed!**           (We do not send an additional confirmation.) (Payments are processed by PayPal. If you don't have or want to set up a PayPal account, then just click on "pay with debit or credit card" option on the first page of PayPal - right bottom corner of page.) Live classes offered each spring and fall in California.

Register Now - these classes usually sell out!

(This class will not be offered in these cities again.)


May 21, 2018 - Pasadena   -

Hilton Hotel, 168 S. Los Robles Ave.

(1 block from Convention Center and Paseo Colorado)

Parking: $12 with conference discount

Registration Assistant needed for Pasadena class. $50 discount on class tuition. Email if interested.

Legal Aspects of Nursing 2018 - Manual Only - home study.

Either California Nursing Law Manual or Nursing Law Manual for any other state. Nurse Practice Act laws of your state will be included (based on the mailing address you provide).

Manual Only - $123 plus $12 shipping and mailing. Total: $135.

Manual Plus CE test, 5.2 credits, and CEU Certificate - $149.

You may also register by mail, telephone, fax or e-mail -

It's easiest to sign up online, but if you register using one of these methods.

Mail:  Mail registration information and check payable to: Laurie R. Elston Esq., P.O. Box 1130, Pismo Beach, CA 93448
Fax:  Fax information to  (805) 481-4811
Phone:  Call toll free  1 (800) 730-7848 
E-mail:  Send e-mail with registration information to

Refund Policy: Full refund less $25 processing fee with written notice (email) at least 5 business days before class. Otherwise, credit for future class or home study program provided.

Custom In-House Training Programs Available:  We are happy to present this nursing law training course in-house for our staff at your facility.  Save time and costs and have your staff attend a program at your location. You can even customize the training session to include legal topics of your choosing - or pick from the medical-legal topics listed above. Email Nurse Attorney Laurie Elston to discuss arrangements for  an educational program at your health care facility. 

Course Evaluations

"Excellent seminar, it should be mandatory for all nurses. Great handout with all the pertinent information. Presented very professionally with great sense of humor. I will definitely recommend this class to my colleagues."  Lynn Watkins RN, ER/Trauma, CA

"I found Laurie to be very interesting and knowledgeable in this subject area. She is a talented speaker and is very east to listen to. I appreciate the fact that Laurie is a nurse as well as a lawyer, and can truly present both sides of the story.” Janet Wardlaw, RNC, labor and delivery

“Very, very informative. Speaker was very, very knowledgeable and helpful.” T. Allen, RN, ICU/Clinic RN Supervisor

“This was a great class. All the information presented will be very helpful in my practice. Ms. Elston was very informative, and knows  her stuff!” RN, Med-Surg

"Very dynamic. Very Informative. Enjoyed the way she integrated nursing jokes and humor into the program. Thank you for an outstanding, well thought out presentation!!!" Rosemarie Reus RN, Current Board of Directors for Tri-City Hospital District, 28 years acute care and nursing instructor

“These 8 fun filled hours were extremely informative, practical, and all wrapped up in a beneficial and concise package. Nurses (RNs and LVNs) should invest their time and effort into this class to empower themselves to deliver safer care and to further our careers.”  Ray, BSN, Case Management, CA

“Excellent source of information, easily presented for understanding one of the most feared subjects in our profession” Norma Rodriguez, RN, Los Angeles

"Ms. Elston is a very engaging speaker, very knowledgeable and compassionate." Hospital Board of Directors

“Laurie is very knowledgeable in her field of expertise. She is dynamic, interesting, and a humorous speaker. I enjoyed the examples used to correlate topics of discussion.” Doreen Brittan RN

“What I liked about this seminar was the concise presentation of topics with supportive examples for illustration. The initial legal overview was very helpful in getting grounded. The website listings was a nice bonus-thanks.” P.M.T., Public Health Nurse

“Very informative and pertinent to my situation as a nurse manager in a multispecialty medical practice. Documentation and scope of practice issues validated. Appreciate Internet resource list. Thank you.” Dee Angus, RN

"I liked the fact that Ms.Elston had not only legal expertise, but also nursing knowledge that enhanced her presentation - especially in regards to the Nurse Practice Act and Licensing laws. She sees the situation from the nurses point of view. Thank you so much for this very enjoyable and informative class! :) " L. Scott RN

“Comprehensive information, extremely relevant…This information should be required by all registered nurses, and facilities (employers) should reimburse the cost as it benefits the employer too.” RN, Case Manager

"Great Course! You are an awesome speaker!" Melissa Van Nostran RN ED

“The seminar was very informative. I felt that the examples were very illustrative and clarified the issues.” Char Hill, RN, Director of Clinical Care, Long Term Care

“Very clear speaker. Easy to understand. Liked the case examples to illustrate important concepts. Allowed for questions from audience while maintaining awareness of time.” Jody Nevandro, RN, Education and Q.I. Consultant, Emergency Services Specialist, teacher-AD program

“Good presentation. Good humor. Knowledge of subject matter excellent.” Karen Schmidt, RN, Nurse Manager

“Very organized, informative speaker, very knowledgeable of nursing law.” Joyce Mapp, RN, Director of Nursing, Skilled Nursing Facility

"The whole program was wonderful!"  Michele H. RN ICU

"Good insight and examples." Pauline Presson, School Nurse

"Very good. Lots of information. It really makes you think!" Alexis Gonzalez,, RN, BSN, Surgical prep

“The text/manual is wonderful! Instructor extremely well organized and obviously very knowledgeable.” RN, ED

"I like the syllabus...and that it is not just a copy of the slides - so you can review it and read it repeatedly. Excellent speaker, knowledgeable about the law and I enjoyed learning more about nursing law. The speaker de-mystified a lot of the misconceptions about the law." RN

“Great speaker. All questions answered clearly. Presented with a perfect mix of important information and fun. Case examples were very informative.” Doris Jackman, RN

“Well organized, efficient, stuck to outline and time as allocated. Self-confident and self-assured presenter. Intermittent injection of humor to keep audience attentive. Excellent speaker- sound background of knowledge.” Shirley Cody, RN

                                                  (For more class evaluation comments please go to page 5 of this website, entitled:  "Course Reviews.")


Call Toll Free: 1.800.730.7848



         Nursing Law Center