Our Innovative Mock Trial Writing Guide!

The Mock Trial Method: An Innovative Approach To Nursing Education. By Shawna Patrick

A comprehensive instructional guide which will teach you how to plan, write and implement a mock trial courtroom experience for nurses and nursing students. Includes an entire mock trial manuscript similar to the case in our DVD "You Be the Judge: Alcohol Withdrawal & Restraints, scenarios to get you thinking and blank medical record forms to customize your trial.

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  • Table of Contents
  • Introduction
  • Benefits
  • Overview
  • Opening Statements

New DVD Package!

You Be the Judge: PCA, Head Injury & Fall Prevention

Great Classroom Activity or Independent Study: Put on your own mock courtroom trial or watch the DVD and determine the verdict.

The Case: On August 16, 2010, Sally Ann Smith arrived at St. Anthony's Hospital with right sided chest pain and difficulty breathing after falling at home. She was admitted to the acute care unit for multiple rib fractures, hypoxia and pain management. Oxygen therapy was initiated and she was started on a morphine patient controlled analgesia (PCA) pump. A few hours after admission, she fell again after being left alone in the bathroom. She was diagnosed with a small subdural hematoma and placed on hourly neurological checks. During the night, issues evolved regarding PCA settings, monitoring and neurological changes; and at 5:30 a.m., Ms. Smith was found in cardiopulmonary arrest. Resuscitation measures were taken but Ms. Smith was pronounced dead. Was Nurse Kelly Baxter Negligent?...You Be the Judge!

Package price includes the 65 minute mock trial DVD (HD); and spiral bound copy of the

trial manuscript/dialog, evidence (medical record & hospital policies), and jury instructions.

Our Mock Trial Manuscript! Ready to Be Role Played at Your Facility!

You Be the Judge: Newborn Hypoglycemia & Hyperbilirubinemia

In this case, Plaintiff Sarah Brown claims that Mother-Baby RN, Kathy Jones was negligent in the care of her deceased daughter, Baby Brown. In the early post-partum hours, Baby Brown experienced hypoglycemia and breastfeeding problems which were resolved, but she was later discharged home with a borderline level of bilirubin.

Issues surrounding this case include timely treatment of hypoglycemia and hypothermia, timely intervention of breastfeeding issues, patient education delegated by RN, Kathy Jones to LPN, Jennifer Wells including documentation of such, documentation of physician follow up appointment, and compliance with hospital policies. Participants will learn the importance of documentation, patient education, patient advocacy and responsible delegation; standards of care for newborn hypoglycemia and hyperbilirubinemia; and how to determine nursing negligence in a civil lawsuit.

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  • Instructions for completing the mock trial simuplay
  • Newborn SimuPlay Opening Statements

Our First Innovative DVD!

You Be the Judge: Alcohol Withdrawal & Restraints

In this video, participants serve as judge and jury, and determine the verdict in the case of Doe vs. Brown. In this case, the plaintiff, Jane Doe, claims that ICU nurse, Katie Brown, was negligent in the care of her deceased husband, John Doe. Initially, John was diagnosed with gastrointestinal bleed and alcohol withdrawal, and was admitted to the Intensive Care Unit. Alcohol withdrawal orders were initiated, which required the ICU nurse to assess John using the Clinical Institute Withdrawal Assessment for Alcohol scale and treat him with Valium. However, when Valium did not help to reduce John's alcohol withdrawal symptoms, he became agitated, restless and a danger to himself. Thus, he was physically restrained.

Issues surrounding this case include the competence of RN, Katie Brown with restraints, compliance with The Joint Commission requirements for restraints, communication between the RN and physician, and nursing documentation. Participants will learn the importance of documentation, the standards of care for alcohol withdrawal and restraints, and how to determine nursing negligence in a civil lawsuit. Total running time 31:31.

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