When Medical Negligence Becomes Criminal

Enrollment Information:
This enrollment will expire September 30, 2019.
You must complete all course requirements (including claiming CEs) and save/print the completion certificate by September 30, 2019.


The purpose of this presentation is to expose risk managers to the potential for criminal charges being brought against a healthcare provider who is involved in medical negligence. Risk managers generally do not have experience with criminal charges. The presentation will give the learner the basics of why criminal charges may be brought against a nurse or physician. The purpose is not to make them into criminal defense attorneys, but rather provide them with enough knowledge to understand that the practitioner needs to hire an attorney. This will be demonstrated by the examination of cases that have been in the public eye and through an overview of why criminal charges are more often being sought.


Learning Objectives:
By the end of this self-study you should be able to:

  • Conduct a review of the case to determine why medical negligence could generate a criminal charge.
  • Demonstrate the difference between medical negligence and criminal intent.
  • Apply the principles of when a criminal charge may be brought against a provider and when the provider needs the representation of a criminal attorney.


Level of Learning:


Domain of Practice:
Claims & Litigation




Criteria for Successful Completion:
To receive continuing nursing education contact hours, participants must achieve 80% on the post-test and complete an evaluation at its conclusion.


Continuing Education:
This program is approved contact hours toward the fulfillment of the requirements of ASHRM designations of FASHRM (Fellow) and DFASHRM (Distinguished Fellow) and toward CPHRM (Certified Professional in Healthcare Risk Management) renewal. CE credit may be used toward CPHRM renewal only by those holding the credential at the time of the program.

American Society for Healthcare Risk Management is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

Contact Hours: 1.0 hour
Passing Score: 80%


Conflict of Interest Statement:
As required by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation, we would like to make you aware of all potential conflicts of interest.

This educational activity’s planners and presenters have indicated that they have no bias or conflict of interest.


Commercial Support:
There is no sponsorship for this event.


Date Published:  Q2 2018
Date to be Reviewed:  Q1 2020
Date of Contact Hour Expiration:  Q4 2019