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Attend TNA, D-4's Mock Trial and serve as a member of the "jury".

When: Monday, November 4, 2019
8:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Where: Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center
2301 Flora Street
Dallas, Texas  75201
United States
Contact: Laura Lang
512-452-0645 x 133

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41st Annual Mock Trial

November 4, 2019


Presented For:  Registered Nurses, Licensed Vocational Nurses, Student Nurses, Medical Students, Law Students and Health Related Professionals. 

Malpractice: Nursing Negligence

Nancy Roper Willson RN, JD, MA, MSN, Attorney at Law



Parking has been confirmed at the Red Lexus Garage with the promotional price code “Mock Trial.”



Please plan to arrive at 7:00 a.m. so registration and check-in can be completed as the event will begin promptly at 8:00 a.m.



7:00 AM               Registration

8:00 AM               Welcome

8:30 AM               Malpractice: Nursing Negligence Mock Trial Part I

11:30 AM             Lunch

12:30 PM             Mock Trial Part II

2:00 PM               Break

2:30 PM               Closing arguments with Vote

3:30 PM               Discussion Q&A and Evaluation 

4:00 PM               Adjourn



Lunch is on your own with limited selection and quantities for sale by Meyerson Catering.


Negligence in a malpractice context could be defined as: Failing to do what a reasonable and prudent nurse would do in the same or similar circumstance, or doing something that a reasonable and prudent nurse would not do.


Four Elements of a Malpractice Claim

1. The Nurse owes a duty to the patient (Lunsford case)

2. The Nurse breached the duty/ Failed to conform to the Standard of Care

3. The Patient suffered an actual injury

4. There was a causal connection between the Nurse's conduct and the injury


Standards of Care

For the judge to determine whether the care that was given was legally adequate, the standards of care of a profession are utilized. Standards of care are established through the state's Nurse Practice Act, a facilities policies and procedures and the ANA Standards of Practice


Five Most Frequent Allegations

1. Failure to ensure patient safety

2. Improper treatment or improper performance of treatment

3. Failure to monitor and report

4. Medication errors

5. Failure to follow facility's policy and procedure


Three ways Nurses Participate in Malpractice Cases

1. Fact witness

2. Expert Witness

3. Defendant


How can you Protect yourself?

· Know the Texas Nursing Practice Act, Board Of Nursing’s Rules and Regulations. and specific laws

· Professional Competency

· Documentation

· Professional Liability Insurance (Lawyer, Damages, Bond for Appeal)

· Knowledge of Safe Harbor Protections

· Knowledge of Delegation Rule 224/225



THE CASE:  RN discharges a newly diagnosed diabetic patient.  Teaching completed by diabetic education team the day before discharge.  Patient readmitted to ER 22 hours later unresponsive.  Family blames nurse for inadequate discharge teaching resulting in permanent harm.  Attend TNA, D-4’s Mock Trial and serve as a member of the “jury”.


Sponsor & Exhibitor Information/Registration


TICKET PRICES                                                    ALL TICKETS ARE NON-REFUNDABLE

Full-time Undergraduate Students….................…..$35.00*

Texas Nurses Association Member………………....$50.00

All Other Non-Members……………………………….$70.00

*Licensed nurses wishing to receive CNE contact hours must register as a member or non-member. 

Onsite registration will be available on November 4th beginning at 7:00 a.m. for an additional $10.00 over the pre-event registration price.

  LUNCH IS ON YOUR OWN                                 


Group Registration Information

Here are some documents for group registration: Deans and Directors Letter, Student Group Registration List, and Nurse Group Registration List

For group registration, please email, with the following information:

  1. The accounting person’s contact name, email, and phone number. A purchase order or invoice number if the check is not ready.
  2. The Group Coordinator’s information who would be in charge of checking in the attendees onsite and distributing the programs.
  3. A excel sheet of attendees (including the Group Coordinator’s information on it). Here is an example of the excel spreadsheet with the data needed.


TNA, District 4 provides 6.0 contact hours for successful completion of this educational activity.

TNA, District 4 is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the Texas Nurses Association - Approver, an accredited approver with distinction by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation

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