Prevention of Medical Errors for Florida Nurse Practitioners

2 CE Hrs
Prevention of Medical Errors for Florida Nurse Practitioners


With the Institute of Medicine’s (IOM) publication To Err is Human:  Building a Safer Health System, the proverbial cat was let out of the bag regarding how many errors were occurring in the medical field and how often they were occurring.  Alongside bringing to light the unacceptable number of growing medical errors, the publication did positively highlight measures to ensure their prevention. This course discusses the definition of medical error, types of sentinel events, what events are reportable and examples of common sentinel events and common misdiagnosis reported to the Joint Commission.

Target Audience

This course is designed for Florida Nurse Practitioners seeking to enhance their knowledge of prevention of medical errors and the applicable Florida law. This course meets the Florida Board of Nursing requirement of completion of a two-hour course on Prevention of Medical Errors prior to licensure by examination or endorsement.


Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Explain the scope of the problem of medical errors
  2. Define medical error, differentiate preventable from non-preventable, and know the difference between adverse and sentinel events
  3. Define root cause analysis and its use in preventing medical errors
  4. Determine which injuries resulting from an adverse event must be reported to the Florida AHCA within 15 days of occurrence
  5. Analyze the role of the National Practitioner Data Bank in the prevention of medical error.
  6. Identify the root causes for the six most common types of sentinel events.
  7. List the five most misdiagnosed medical conditions in the state of Florida.

Completion Requirements

In order to receive full contact-hour credit for this CNE activity, participants must:

  • Be registered for this activity,
  • Review the course material,
  • Complete the course post-test and obtain a grade of 70% or higher,
  • Complete and submit the course evaluation survey.
  • Other requirements for some of the courses may also include participation discussion boards, practice exercises, practice questions, etc.

Conflict of Interest (or lack thereof) for Planners, Authors and Presenters

A conflict of interest exists if any individual/entity that is in a position to influence the content, design, or implementation of the CNE activity is ALSO in a position to benefit financially from the success of a CNE activity.

The planners, authors and presenters of this CNE activity have disclosed no conflict of interest including no relevant financial relationships with any commercial companies pertaining to this CNE activity.

Commercial/Sponsor Support

There is no commercial company or sponsor support for this CNE activity.

Non-Endorsement of Products

The National Healthcare Institute CNE provider approval status refers only to continuing nursing education activities and does not imply that there is a real or implied endorsement of any product, service, or company referred to in this activity nor of any company subsidizing costs related to the activity.

Off-Label Product Use

This CNE activity does not include any unannounced information about off-label use of a product for a purpose other than that for which it was approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Course Aprrovals

Nursing Board Approvals

National Healthcare Institute (NHI) is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the California, Florida and District of Columbia Board of Nursing. All CNE courses offer by National Healthcare Institute follow the standards recommended by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation for this type of educational activities.

Florida Board of Nursing

Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner

Other Boards Approvals

Florida Council of Licensed Midwifery

Licensed Midwife



  • Number: CE130001
  • CE Broker ID: 20-414609
  • Contact hours: 2 CE Hrs
  • Price: $9.95
  • Expiration date: Friday, 20 October 2017