Earn CEUs at Morongo Casino!

Join us for…

Safe Practice is a Winner!

April 23 & 24, 2018

Morongo Casino and Resort
49500 Seminole Drive, Cabazon, CA 92230


Program:  Monday April 23, 2018


7:30 a.m.    Registration/Continental Breakfast

8:30 a.m.    Introductions

8:45 a.m.    Documentation: Clear, Concise, Legal
(Rita Kae Restrepo)

10:15 a.m.  Break

10:30 a.m.  Documentation cont.

11:00           Abusive Conduct and Bullying

(Karen Tomczak)

12:00 p.m.  Lunch (provided)

 Laws & Regulations Affecting Nurses

1:00 p.m.   Nursing Negligence  (Laurie Elston)

Legal Definitions and Standards

Case Examples

2:30 p.m.   Break

2:45 p.m.   California Nurse Practice Laws

Complaints: How to file & how to Defend

What are your rights?

4:00 p.m.   Panel discussion (Laurie Elston, Rita Kae

Restrepo & Karen Tomczak)

5:00 p.m.   Evaluations


Program: Tuesday April 24, 2018

Charge Nurse Roles & Responsibilities

7:30 a.m.   Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:30 a.m.   Introductions

8:45 a.m.   Role of the Charge Nurse (Rita Kae Restrepo)

CN Legal Responsibilities

How to reduce Legal risks

10:15 a.m.  Break

10:30 a.m.  Generational Differences and the Work

Environment  (Karen Tomczak)

12:00 p.m.  Lunch (provided)



Title 22

1:00 p.m.   The California Safe Practice Act (Laurie Elston)

Staffing Ratios & charge nurses with patients

“Break buddies” and “assisting”

What to do when your facility is noncompliant

2:30 p.m.   Break

2:45 p.m.   Case Studies:  The good, the bad, the

horrific.  (Karen Tomczak)

4:00 p.m.   Panel discussion (Laurie Elston, Rita Kae Restrepo & Karen Tomczak)

5:00 p.m.   Evaluation



Laurie R. Elston, R.N., B.S.N., J.D. worked as a nurse before becoming an attorney representing healthcare
providers and nurses.  She is passionate about the nursing profession and maintains membership in a number
of legal and nursing organizations.

Rita Kae Restrepo, BS,  RN,  CPAN, is a Legal Nurse Consultant and certified PACU nurse who provides expert witness testimony and chart review nationally for both plaintiff and defense law firms.  When she was working at San Francisco General Hospital, Ms. Restrepo frequently assumed the Relief Charge Nurse role.  She enjoys sharing her unique experiences and knowledge of legal pitfalls during her lectures on the roles of the charge nurse, litigation and nursing negligence.  She is currently working at San Leandro Surgery Center.

Karen v. Tomczak, MSN, RN, CEN has worked as a registered nurse for over 35 years with experience in Emergency care, Critical care, and Ambulatory care. Her graduate studies were in the field of forensic nursing.  She also owns her own business as a Legal Nurse Consultant.


Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing

CEP:  14634

16.0 Contact Hours

This two-day program will look at the current environment in which nurses practice, including laws and regulations, standards, and technology and offer some insight and solutions.  Reductions in support staff and increased electronic documentation have created heavier patient workloads. Today’s technology requires more education at a time that hospitals are reducing educational budgets.  Expanded definitions of legal liability have held all professionals to a higher scope of practice.  How do nurses protect themselves as well as their patients?  As they say, join us for “Good Times at Morongo” and learn more!


Participants will be able to:

  • Learn how to capture needed information in your charting.
  • Recognize how electronic records are changing nursing legal liability.
  • Understand how the RN can manage risks associated with electronic charting.
  • Recognize legal responsibilities and risks.
  • Communicate effectively with all co-workers.
  • Understand the regulations governing staffing and address them effectively.

ROOM DISCOUNTS: By requesting a room for the SEIU Local 121RN Conference up until April 6, 2018, participants can reserve a room at a discounted rate of $159 for Sunday, April 23, 2018, and $109 for Monday, April 24, 2018. These discounted rates do not include the $25 resort fee or the 9% nightly tax fee.

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