Module 4: Legal, Ethical & Professional Standards - What Do I Need to Know?

This module will provide the learner with an overview of the legal, ethical and professional practice standards that influence, guide and inform the role of the registered nurse, preceptor and clinical nurse educator.  Information and resources for the American Nurses Association’s Scope and Standards of Practice, the Association for Nursing Professional Development’s Scope and Standards of Practice and the Code of Ethics for Nurses are included.  The preceptor’s role when delegating, supervising and evaluating new graduate nurses, nursing students and unlicensed nursing personnel is detailed.  The hallmark of nursing care in the provision for patient safety is spotlighted.  Interactive learning strategies are incorporated into the module to afford the learner the opportunity to recall and relate the information from the module to practice. 

Release Date:
June 2022

Expiration Date:
June 2025

Target Audience

This activity is intended for Registered Nurses assuming the preceptor role, and Clinical Nurse Educators working in partnership with their preceptors.

In the context of this course, a clinical educator means a registered nurse who teaches in the clinical setting, including the preceptor, clinical faculty, clinical nurse specialist, nurse practice specialist, professional development specialist, and others.

Learning Objectives

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

  1. Review the legal and ethical responsibilities of the Registered Nurse.
  2. Explore the Code of Ethics for Nurses and its application to the role of the preceptor and clinical nurse educator. 
  3. Differentiate nursing responsibilities when precepting a novice nurse, unlicensed personnel and a student nurse.
  4. Identify the five rights of delegation.

Additional Information

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The Norman Knight Nursing Center     

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Joseph F. Carter, RN, MSN, MDiv. received his BSN and MSN from the University of Southern Maine. He received his Master of Divinity from The Catholic University of America. His nursing practice has focused in the areas of Adult Health, Nursing Management, Spirituality and Health Care, End of Life and Hospice Care. He currently is an associate clinical professor at the University of New England. He joined UNE in 2004, and in 2006 became the Clinical Coordinator. In addition to his faculty role, as the clinical coordinator he oversees all clinical rotations and preceptorship placements for students in the nursing program at the university.

He maintains his clinical practice at the Gosnell Memorial Hospice House. He is a Maine native and currently resides in Portland. In his spare time, he enjoys music, reading and traveling.


Susan B. McLeod, MSN, RN-BC, is currently the Director of Outpatient Education at MaineGeneral Medical Center, Augusta, Maine.  The Outpatient Education department serves the interdisciplinary staff of 42 primary and specialty ambulatory care practices.  She has been practicing nursing for 34 years in multiple clinical areas including critical care, emergency department, and medical surgical. She has been in education for 25 years. 

She received her bachelor’s degree in nursing from the University of Southern Maine in 1984 and her master’s degree in nursing education from Kaplan University in 2017.   She currently serves on the Advisory Boards for Kennebec Valley Community College School of Nursing and Medical Assistant programs.  She is passionate about mentoring and supporting new nurses and student nurses into the profession as part of the interdisciplinary team. 


Rebecca Thompson MSN, RN is currently a Clinical Informatics Specialist at Maine General Medical Center. Rebecca completed both her associate and baccalaureate degrees in nursing at the University of New England and her master’s degree in nursing at Kaplan University. She has been nurse for twenty years working inpatient medical surgical nursing, critical care nursing and the last six years in nursing education. In the past, she has also worked as adjunct clinical faculty for Kennebec Valley Community College, the University of Maine, Augusta and Kaplan University. In her current role, Rebecca works with staff in the ambulatory setting offering education and support for the electronic medical record. Her passion is to mentor and train nurses to use technology to enhance their everyday practice.

Mass General Brigham designates this activity for 4.00 ANCC contact hours. Nurses should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


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