Course Number & Name:  PLS 108 Introduction to Nurse Paralegalism

Credit Hours:   3.0            Contact Hours:   3.0         Lecture:   3.0      Lab:   N/A            Other:   N/A

Prerequisites:  The program is open to registered nurses with an Associate’s Degree who have at least two years of nursing experience.
Concurrent Courses: 

Course Description: This course provides a realistic introduction to the legal nurse profession. Emphasis is placed on history, evolution, and role of the legal nurse practitioner in the areas of medical/legal ethics, legal analysis, research and writing, review and analysis of medical records, litigation procedures, and personal injury law. The course is especially designed to provide the student with both a rich didactic and a robust practical learning experience. Opportunities for the student to translate legally pertinent medical facts into reports such as timelines, calendars, and chronologies and to produce powerful visual presentations using current medical and legal illustration software such CaseSoft, Time Map, Microsoft Visio, and Smartdraw are at the heart of this course. The business and marketing plan of an independent legal nurse practitioner is also examined.

<!–Course Goals: Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to do the following:

  1. discuss and examine the codes of professional conduct;
  2. describe tort law;
  3. identify, define, and describe intentional torts;
  4. identify and explain defenses to intentional torts;
  5. identify, describe, and explain the tort of negligence;
  6. identify and describe the element of duty;
  7. identify and describe the element of breach of duty under negligence law;
  8. identify and describe the concept of proximate cause;
  9. identify, define, and describe the concept of damages;
  10. identify, define, and describe the defenses to negligence;
  11. discuss and examine the tort of strict liability and products liability;
  12. identify, define, and describe defamation;
  13. define, discuss, and examine malpractice; and
  14. identify, define, and describe fraud, misrepresentation, and business torts.


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