Sign Up for Updates

Online CE Class Registration - For Direct-Care and Staff RNs

Social Advocacy 101: At The Bedside & Beyond – Regulations & Leadership for Registered Nurses

Registered nurses are responsible and accountable to practice safely, competently, ethically, and compassionately in accordance with their scope of practice. This educational program will examine the driving forces which shape clinical nursing practice and contemporary issues facing direct-care nurses in their role as patient advocates in a consultant-driven managed care environment. Also included is a review of the history of nursing regulation, education and licensure; the essentials of safe RN-to-patient staffing ratios and impact on RN and patient safety; the role of the Board of Registered Nursing to protect the public and preserve the integrity of the profession; the Nurse Practice Act, the Standards of Competent Performance, and the nurses’ responsibility for applying them in their work, regardless of the context of their practice, role or setting.

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

  1. Understand the basic laws and regulations impacting clinical practice and patient safety.
  2. Explain why the fiduciary interests of healthcare corporations and employers are fundamentally different from and often in conflict with the interests of patients and the nurse's duty to protect patients.
  3. Explain how consultant-driven restructuring impacts RN standards of care and creates the potential for patient harm.
  4. Articulate how the unfettered use of technology may interfere with the nursing process and erode public confidence in the profession.
  5. Describe how RN patient advocacy, through collective action, and participation in the larger society is linked to historic progressive social change movements.

Please Note: The class on 1/26/17 in Monterey has been changed to 5/23/17 and the class on 3/10 in Santa Clara has been changed to 6/1.


CE courses are free to National Nurses United members and student nurses. Join NNU. Nurses will be notified by US mail and by email if a course is cancelled.

Provider: California Nurses Association. Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number CEP754 for 6 contact hours.