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New York State Nurses Association
Presents their 16th Annual Seminar at Sea: Nursing in a Minefield Ė When Good Care is Not Enough

Royal Caribbean's Wonderful Adventure of the Seas
Royal Caribbean's Adventure of the Seas

7-Night Southern Caribbean Cruise Conference
from San Juan, Puerto Rico
February 3-10, 2013

22 Contact Hours

Please direct any Questions about the Educational Content, class agenda, handouts, independent study or Continuing Nursing Education through NYSNA,to contact Barbara Fane, MS, RN, Associate Director, Education, Practice and Research Program at barbara.fane@nysna.org; or call 518-782-9400 or toll free in NY 800-724-6976, extension 282.

Each attendee must register either by phone or online, whether you are participating in the seminar or attending as a guest. Your name MUST be entered as it appears on your passport. A passport is required to sail.

The following fees are Price Per Person, Double Occupancy and include Stateroom, Port charges, Taxes, Meals, Nightly entertainment, Seminar and Class materials.

Stateroom choices (price per person, double occupancy):
(JS) Junior Suite with Balcony & Course....................................$1539.88 Guest $1289.88
(E1) OceanView Stateroom with Balcony & Course.....................$1229.88 Guest $979.88
(G) OceanView Stateroom & Course..........................................$1099.88 Guest $849.99
(M) Interior Stateroom & Course................................................$959.88 Guest $709.88

A $250 deposit, per person, is required with registration.
Continuing Education, Inc. will accept monthly payments.

Rates for third and fourth person in a stateroom (triples and quads) are reduced - ask about availability and pricing. Children's onboard "camp" is complimentary. Guests: Guests receive complimentary attendance at all non-education events and cocktail receptions; guests are excluded from seminar classes.

Final payment is due no later than December 3, 2012. Additional reservations made after December 3, 2012 will be accommodated based on space availability and price will be subject to then prevailing rates.

All monies are due as scheduled to ensure stateroom reservations. Due to the special programming offered for this Seminar at Sea, the prices listed in this brochure are not subject to any additional discounts or promotions that may be offered by the cruise line.

Discounted airfare and hotel accommodation rates are available through Continuing Education, Inc. They'll be happy to help with these arrangements.

Airfare: Limited number of airline seats available for round trip, direct flight on February 2, 2013 departing from JFK Airport to San Juan at a cost of $397.80 per person, due at the time of booking. Pricing available until October 26, 2012.

Hotel: Limited number of hotel rooms available February 2, 2013 at a discounted rate of $189.00 for single or double occupancy. Price does not include sales tax, room tax, or gratuity. The hotel offers a free hot breakfast buffet 6:00-10:00 am. Transportation is available from the hotel to the cruise terminal on February 3rd for an additional fee of $22.00 per person. Pricing available until December 19, 2012.

Travel Insurance is recommended. If you would like to take advantage of travel insurance, Continuing Education, Inc. can help you purchase appropriate coverage. Premium is based on each individual person.

You choose when you register: Early dining is 6:00 pm; Late dining is 8:30 pm.

IMPORTANT NOTE: All conferees, their families, and guests must book their cruise within the CEI meeting group through Continuing Education, Inc./University at Sea® at 800-422-0711 or by registering online. This ensures our company can provide conference services and complimentary social amenities to all meeting participants and their guests. Thank you for your cooperation.
Karen A. Butler, RN, BSN, JD
A 1971 graduate of Vermont College, Ms. Butler combines more than twenty years' experience as a critical care nurse with her skills as a practicing attorney. Ms. Butler is a partner in the law firm of Thuillez, Ford, Gold, Butler & Young, LLP. Her areas of practice include medical malpractice defense, professional misconduct, health law and civil rights litigation. Ms. Butler is admitted to practice law in all the courts of the State of New York, in both the Northern and Southern Districts of New York and in The United States Supreme Court. Graduating Magna Cum Laude from Albany Law School in 1995, Ms. Butler was Associate Editor of Albany Law Review and recipient of The Selma Mintz Memorial Prize for graduating with Honors while raising a family. She is a member of The New York State Bar Association, The American Bar Association, The Defense Research Institute and The Association of Trial Lawyers of America. She is on the board of The Capital District Trial lawyers Association and was President in 2009. A member of The American Association of Nurse Attorneys since 1995, Ms. Butler is on the editorial board of The Journal of Nursing Law. She is also on the Board of Directors of Teresian House where she chairs the Ethics Committee. She has published several articles on health law related topics and lectures extensively on health law, litigation and professional misconduct. She was appointed by the Governor to The New York State Task Force on Life and the Law in 2003.

Declaration of Vested Interest: None.

Our staff can assist you with all your travel arrangements.

Target Audience
Program Purpose / Objectives
The legal landscape of medicine and nursing is constantly evolving. Nurses need to be aware of the ethical challenges that result from changes in the law and learn how to protect themselves and their practice. This seminar will address strategies for handling nursing malpractice and identify risks to licensure. Attendees will challenge their own values while examining real-life ethical dilemmas, and learn strategies for best practices, communication, and documentation with a jury in mind.

  1. Identify the elements of a prima facie case of nursing malpractice.
  2. Define terms used in the legal arena including those associated with a jury trial.
  3. Articulate strategies for best practices, communication and documentation with a jury in mind.
  4. Articulate strategies to protect his/her right and ability to practice.
  5. Identify risks to nursing license.
  6. Identify the impaired nurse.
  7. Articulate basic terms associated with medical ethics.
  8. Examine his/her own internalized values and relate to medical ethics.
  9. Challenge his/her values in examining real life ethical challenges.
  10. Strategize for meeting ethical challenges in practice.
Content delivered using lecture, discussion, independent study, and mock trial/role play. Independent study books will be sent one month prior to the cruise.

February 3
2:00-4:00 pm

Overview of Course & Current Legal Landscape (1.0 CH)

February 4 Independent Study
Elements of Nursing Malpractice: Fact Pattern for Mock Trial (2.5 CH)

February 5 Independent Study
Nursing Liability (2.5 CH)

February 6
9:00 am-12:00 noon

Introduction to Nursing Malpractice (3.0 CH)
1:00-3:00 pm
Mock Trial (2.0 CH)

February 7 Independent Study
Documenting with the Jury in Mind (2.5 CH)

February 8 Independent Study
Medical Ethics and Fact Patterns (2.5 CH)

February 9
9:00 am-12:00 noon

Reducing Malpractice Claims (3.0 CH)
1:00-3:00 pm
Protecting your Rights and Ability to Practice (2.0 CH)
3:30-4:30 pm
Summary & Evaluations (1.0 CH)
Conference Sessions generally take place on days at sea (as itinerary allows), giving you plenty of time to enjoy your meals, evenings and ports of call with your companion, family and friends.

Participants earn twelve (12) contact hours for full attendance in seminar classes and an additional ten (10) contact hours for completed independent study activities. Thatís a total of twenty-two (22) contact hours!

In order to receive the full number of contact hours, participants are required to fully attend all seminar classes, complete all independent studies and evaluations.

NYSNA wishes to disclose that no commercial support was received.

The New York State Nurses Association is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Centerís Commission on Accreditation.
Questions? Call us at 800-422-0711.
We can assist you with all your travel arrangements. We'd be happy to help you plan your flights, hotels or tours before and/or after your cruise conference.
Cruise Itinerary
Sun Feb 3
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Mon Feb 4
Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas
Tue Feb 5
Basseterre, St. Kitts
Wed Feb 6
At Sea Cruising
Thu Feb 7
Oranjested, Aruba
Fri Feb 8
Willemstad, Curacao
Sat Feb 9
At Sea Cruising
Sun Feb 10
San Juan, Puerto Rico

Please note that our shore excursions are operated separately and
independently of those offered by the cruise line.