Staffing Standards by Scope, Ratios, and Acuity: Promoting safe patient care standards at the bedside and beyond (Florida)

Course Description:

This class examines RN professional practice and patient advocacy role and responsibilities; analyzes the effectiveness of safe staffing standards based on individual patient acuity with RN ratios as the minimum; and addresses mechanisms through which RNs can build strong organizations to secure RN control over professional practice in acute care settings. In addition we will examine industry trends that impact nursing practice and various policy proposals that influence the role of the registered nurse in acute care. We will discuss and identify strategies that ensure safe patient care standards including safe staffing assignments, safe delegation practices, and the importance of RN professional judgment in protecting patient safety.

Course Objectives:

Upon completion of this class, participants will be able to:

  1. Identify the external forces that affect RN practice and patient advocacy duty and right.
  2. Describe the critical importance of the RN collective patient advocacy role in protecting their patients, practice, and license.
  3. Name portions of the Florida Nurse Practice Act which provide the direct-care RN the authority to advocate in the best interests of patients


Michelle Mahon, RN
Assistant Director of Nursing Practice, NNOC/NNU


This is an in-person CE Class from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. for 3 hours of CE credits.

Dates and locations:

Tuesday, December 12, 2023
Courtyard by Marriott Miami Coral Gables
2051 S Le Jeune Rd.
Coral Gables, FL 33134

Wednesday, December 13, 2023
Four Points by Sheraton Fort Lauderdale Airport/Cruise Port
1800 Federal Hwy
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316

Please note: NNOC/NNU is taking all necessary precautions to ensure the safety and health of nurses, our patients, and our communities during the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. All in-person course participants are required to be fully vaccinated, wear masks while indoors, and practice social distancing to the extent possible.

CE courses are free to National Nurses United members. Classes are only offered to direct-care and staff RNs.

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