Documentation: Your Best Defence

Finally!  The course you've been asking for!

"All nurses need this course! Amazing!"              "So helpful, would highly recommend to others!"

 "Very educational! Answered so many questions that are essential for my practice!"

100% of attendees said they would recommend this course to fellow nurses!

The greatest benefit identified was learning how to document care in a way that will defend you in court, AND improve your nursing care!

Lawyers call the medical record "the one witness that never lies and never dies".  Nursing negligence lawsuits are often lost because the medical record fails to show that the nurse met the standard of care. Learn strategies for documentation that can protect and defend you in a lawsuit AND promotes safe patient care.

Good documentation is the key to your defense!

This just may be the most important nursing conference you’ll ever attend!



  • Effectively improve your documentation AND patient care
  • Examine attitudes and beliefs vs. facts and knowledge
  • Discuss landmark legal cases affecting the medical record
  • Learn what lawyers look for in the medical record
  • Examine documentation from real medical legal case studies
  • An open conversation with medical malpractice lawyers

Improved Patient Safety is the Goal.  This conference is for all nurses of all specialties.


ChrisRokosh March2015 smallChris Rokosh RN, PNC(C), President of Connect Medical Legal Experts, has reviewed thousands of medical malpractice cases in her successful career as a Legal Nurse Consultant. Her course 'Legal Issues in Nursing’ is one of Canada's highest rated and most attended nursing education courses. Chris is a warm engaging speaker who connects with audiences on a truly personal level. She brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in medical legal issues and nursing education. Chris's company - Connect Medical Legal Experts Inc., is Canada’s premier provider of healthcare experts to Canada medical malpractice lawyers. She is the author of “Shift. Change. Empowering Nurses with Medical Legal Knowledge” – offering insight to healthcare professionals on protecting themselves and patients by focusing on patient centered care.


 Speakers at our 2019 courses included:


Joe Miller, Weir Bowen, LLP represents plaintiffs in medical malpractice cases. He has litigated more medical malpractice claims than any other plaintiff’s lawyer in Alberta. He has appeared before Alberta’s highest courts and conducted seminars on medical malpractice issues for both lawyers and physicians. Joe has been recognized as one of the Best Lawyers in Canada. In 2010, he was appointed Queen’s Counsel by Alberta’s Lieutenant-Governor-in-Council, recognizing his outstanding expertise, work and contributions. In 2011, Joe received the Gary J. Biggs Champion of Justice Award from the Alberta Civil Trial Lawyers Association, and was invited to join the Litigation Council of America whose membership is limited to less than one-half of one percent of lawyers. A native Albertan, Joe is a graduate of the University of Alberta. 



PaulMcGivernPaul McGivern, Pacific Medical Law, Vancouver is a senior litigator who acts exclusively in plaintiff’s medical negligence cases. Paul brings a unique background of 17 years as a medical malpractice defence counsel. He has litigated hundreds of cases, many of which have involved multi¬-million dollar claims. He has a reputation for understanding the technically intricate medical and legal issues of complex malpractice actions in a number of high-profile cases, some of which set legal precedents. He has appeared as a lead counsel before every court level in British Columbia and in the Supreme Court of Court of Canada. Paul is frequently invited to speak at continuing medical/legal education programs and is an adjunct professor of law at the University of British Columbia, where he taught civil procedure for 18 years.




Richard Halpern, Thomson Rogers, Toronto is a senior lawyer with more than 30 years experience representing injured patients across Canada. He has appeared in Ontario’s highest courts, the Superior Court of Ontario and the Ontario Court of Appeal. Richard has written extensively on birth injury, obstetrics and newborn injury, as well as on more general medical malpractice issues and legal strategies. In the past decade, Richard has delivered more than 70 presentations to professional groups on medical-legal matters. He was the recipient of the Ontario Bar Association’s Award for Distinguished Service to the legal profession, and has been recognized through inclusion in the Best Lawyers and in the Canadian Legal L’expert Directory as one of the Most Frequently Recommended Leading Toronto Practitioners representing plaintiffs in Medical Negligence cases.


We can do better, we want to do better. We just don’t always know how.


Funding assistance may be available for this course. Contact your provincial association or other nursing education funders. For example, Alberta nurses can contact ARNET. Ontario nurses contact the RNAO.

Chris Rokosh's amazing new book "Shift. Change. Empowering Nurses with Medical Legal Knowledge" will be available at the course for the discounted price of $30 plus tax. The book offers practical insights to healthcare professionals on how to protect themselves and patients through patient centered care.

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