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Nursing Midwifery and the Law


Welcome to the eLearning module Nursing, Midwifery and the Law.

This course discusses four of the most critical of the law for nurses and midwives - medication, documentation, consent and mental health.

The full course will take around 2.5 hours to complete, but each 30 minute module can be completed separately.

Each topic is introduced by Patricia Staunton - an expert in legal and professional issues for nurses and midwives, and co-author of "Law for Nurses and Midwives".  You will then explore case studies that show the law in practice.

This course can be completed as part of the Take the Lead 2 program, or as a stand-alone course.

A certificate is issued on completion.


After completing the course you will:

  • Understand the legal and ethical frameworks surrounding professional practice in the health care system, and the relationship of safe patient care.
  • Understand the overarching professional standards and duty of care relating to nursing and midwifery practice.
  • Understand how the national law pertains to practice in the health care environment, including, but not limited to, registration requirements, registration standards and mandatory reporting.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of legal requirements impacting the nurse or midwife role in the provision of safe patient care.


This course is applicable for all nurses and midwives and may qualify for up to 2 hrs of Continuous Professional Development.