Resident’s Rights and HIPAA - Considerations for Nurses

This course will provide participants with a review of the basic considerations and guidelines necessary to protect the rights and privacy of their residents. This review can be utilized for nursing personnel in the settings of Long Term Care, Assisted Living and Home Care. Within this course, the participant will review universal human rights, residents rights, informed consent, resident refusal, notification of changes, how to protect resident’s personal property and finances, protecting a resident’s dignity, protecting a resident’s right to social interaction and visitation, grievance processes and procedures, and maintaining the confidentiality of patient information by following HIPAA guidelines.

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Upon completion of this course, the participant will be able to:

  1. Discuss universal human rights.
  2. Define The Resident’s Bill of Rights.
  3. Provide examples of informed consent.
  4. Discuss ways to handle and report a resident’s refusal of care.
  5. Explain ways to protect resident’s personal property and finances.
  6. List ways to protect a resident’s dignity.
  7. Discuss ways to protect a resident’s right to social interaction and visitation.
  8. Define grievance processes and procedures.
  9. Describe ways to maintain resident confidentiality and follow HIPAA guidelines.
  10. Give examples of legal implications related to violations of resident rights and/or HIPAA law.


Chapter 1: Universal Human Rights & the Resident’s Bill of Rights

  • 30 Universal Human Rights 
  • The Resident’s Bill of Rights

Chapter 2: Informed Consent & Resident Refusal

  • Resident’s right to be informed
  • Resident’s right to refuse care and treatment
  • Advance Directives
  • Power of Attorney

Chapter 3: Notification of Changes in Plan of Care

  • Resident’s Right to be Involved in the Creation and Revision of their Care Plan
  • Care Plan updates

Chapter 4: Protecting Resident’s Personal Property and Finances

  • Resident’s Right to Protection of Personal Property and Finances
  • Ways to protect Resident’s property

Chapter 5: Protecting Resident’s Dignity

  • Resident’s Right to be Treated with Dignity
  • Ways to protect and maintain resident dignity

Chapter 6: Protecting Resident’s Right to Social Interaction and Visitation

  • Resident’s Right to Social Contact and Interaction with Other Residents and Family
  • Encouraging family visitation and involvement with care
  • Encouraging residents to participate in social interaction or facility activities

Chapter 7: Grievance Processes and Procedures

  • Resident’s Right to Voice Grievances without Discrimination or Reprisal
  • Responding to, and reporting resident grievances and complaints

Chapter 8: Resident Privacy, Confidentiality and HIPAA

  • Resident’s Right to Personal Privacy
  • Confidentiality of Health Information and HIPAA
  • Legal implications of violating HIPAA law
  • Ways to protect resident privacy and health information

Chapter 9: References

Price: $12.00

Contact Hour: 1

Course Author

Damion Keith Jenkins

 Damion Jenkins, RN, MSN is the founder and CEO of a nursing education and consultation company - The Nurse Speak, LLC., where he specializes in the delivery of individualized tutoring, mentoring and consultation services for students, new graduate nurses, and healthcare facilities. Damion is also an adjunct nursing professor, an experienced travel nurse, and an active nurse blogger. 

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