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Section 6 - Health, Safety & Legal

Summary and Direction

In this section you will be introduced to the legal considerations of a Nurse Educator. Many Nurse Educators, especially those in the field of foot care, will also become small business owners, or self-employed, so we have also included an introduction to running your own foot care-related business. It is important to note that the information you receive in this part of the course should be considered only part of what you will need and that you are responsible to independently seek specific legal and business information appropriate for your ventures.

Bastable’s Chapter 2 is thick (and full of American references). However, it does a great job of looking at the Nurse Educator in many different roles and the legal considerations in each. When reading the chapter focus on the themes of consent, confidentiality and documentation. Consider not only your patients, but your students, your volunteers, your preceptors, and the future patients of your students. Foot care is very much a patient-education driven discipline. As an Educator, how will you teach your students the importance of patient education, and how to do it effectively? 

Lazenby’s Chapter 3 is relevant not only to the Foot Care Nurse, but to an Educator as well. The Infection Prevention and Control Techniques and Skills checklist on page 115 of Chapter 6 will be very handy for part of your final evaluation in this course.

There are also a couple of PDF and websites to visit provided by Canadian Nurses Protective Society. I find these articles to be of great value, but they are by no means an exhaustive list of the resources that can be found on the CNPS website. I encourage you to get to know this website well and to register, if possible, for their very informative webinars.

We have suggested that you re-read the National Competencies from CAFCN. As an Educator your instruction methods and program will be held to these standards, as will your students’ skills and behaviours. It is important that you know this document well. You will not be tested on the contents during this section, however your final evaluation projects will need to adhere to these Competencies.

Exit Competencies in this section

From WHO Nurse Educator Core Competencies, pages 11-16:

  • Core Competency 6 - Nurse Educators demonstrate professionalism including legal, ethical and professional values as a basis for developing nursing education policies, procedures and decision making.
  • Competency 6.1 -  Promote social justice and the protection of human rights in teaching and learning processes and in the health care environment.
  • Competency 6.2 - Promote ethical and legal principles of integrity, academic honesty, flexibility and respect through role modeling.
  • Competency 6.3 -  Participate in ongoing professional self-development and support the professional learning of colleagues. 
  • Core Competency 8 - Nurse educators demonstrate the skill so system management and leadership to create, maintain and develop desired nursing programmes and shape the future of education institutions.

Required Reading

  1. Nurse as Educator – Bastable Chapter 2: Ethical, Legal, and Economic Foundations of the Educational Process (pages 35-62)
  2. Art & Science of Foot Care- Lazenby – Chapter 2: Career Opportunities in Foot Care (pages 42 -51)
  3. Art & Science of Foot Care – Lazenby- Chapter 6: Infection and Prevention Control in Foot Care (pages 109-119)
  4. CNPS - Patient Safety (PDF)
  5. CNPS - Insurance in Private Practice

Suggested Reading/Resources

Multiple-Choice Evaluation

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