Legal issues in clinical nursing education

Nurse Educ. 2015 May-Jun;40(3):124-8. doi: 10.1097/NNE.0000000000000122.


Nurse educators are concerned about legal implications of teaching students in clinical settings. Although literature is available about legal issues in working with students in the classroom, there is little recent information on clinical nursing faculty's legal liability when working with students and ways to reduce the risk of becoming involved in a lawsuit. This article discusses the major issues in clinical settings that contribute to lawsuits against faculty and offers suggestions to reduce legal liability with students in clinical settings.

MeSH terms

  • Education, Nursing / legislation & jurisprudence*
  • Faculty, Nursing*
  • Humans
  • Interprofessional Relations
  • Liability, Legal*
  • Nursing Education Research
  • Nursing Evaluation Research
  • Nursing Methodology Research
  • Nursing Staff, Hospital / psychology
  • Preceptorship / legislation & jurisprudence*
  • Risk Management / methods*
  • Students, Nursing / psychology
  • Teaching / methods