76133 - Professional Responsibility (BO)

Academic Year 2021/2022

  • Teaching Mode: Traditional lectures
  • Campus: Bologna
  • Corso: Second cycle degree programme (LM) in Nursing and Midwifery Sciences (cod. 8488)

Learning outcomes

By the end of the course, the student should be familiar with the most frequent hypotheses of professional liability in nursing and midwifery and how to prevent, communicate and manage them.

Course contents

-Professional responsibility definitions and basic concepts.

-Analyze reference legislation in relation to clinical, organizational and managerial professional responsibility of the nursing and midwifery profession.

- Legal and liability profiles of the nursing and midwifery profession in relation to functions in the organization.

-Implications on professional responsibility at the clinical care and organizational-management level, introduced by Law March 8, 2017, No. 24 Provisions on the safety of care and the assisted person, as well as on the professional responsibility of health professions.

-Depth study of areas of responsibility and margins of decision-making of the nursing and midwifery health profession with particular attention to the impact on the clinical and care world.

-Legal and responsibility profiles of the nursing and midwifery profession in relation to clinical activity: medical guilt and professional responsibility.

-Proposal of tools for the analysis of cases to deepen issues of professional responsibility.
- Responsibility of teams: synchronic and diachronic professional cooperation.

- Knowledge of the legal basis of professional liability in criminal, civil (contractual and extra-contractual) and administrative matters.

-Analysis and discussion of cases in order to verify the ability to critically reason about professional liability in nursing and midwifery.


- Daniele Rodríguez Professione ostetrica/o. Aspetti di medicina legale e responsabilità, Eleda Editore, Dicembre 2010.

- Benci L. Aspetti giuridici della professione infermieristica, McGraw-Hill, 2015.

-M. Zagra Argo A. Medicina legale orientata per problemi, ed Edra 2018

-Luca Benci et altri , [http://www.quotidianosanita.it/ebook_3.php] Edizioni Quotidiano Sanità, Roma, Marzo 2017.

-Reference articles will be provided and indicated during class.

Teaching methods

-Classroom lectures supported by power-point presentations that will be provided to students.
-Group case analysis and discussion with classroom simulations of clinical and/or organizational cases and professional responsibilities.

Assessment methods

-The student will be required to conduct written examination on the implications of professional responsibility at the clinical care and/or organizational/management level on questions provided by the instructor.

-Grading of Final Grade

Preparation on a very limited number of topics; analytical skills emerging only with the help of the instructor; overall correct language → 18-19.
Preparation on a limited number of topics; limited analytical skills; language correct → 20-24.
Preparation on a large number of topics; critical skills appreciable; mastery of specific terminology → 25-29.
Comprehensive preparation; above average critical skills; full command of specific terminology; ability to argue independently → 30-30L.

Teaching tools

- Lecture notes.
- Legislation and references given during the lectures and made  available to the lecturer.
-Examples of case studies prepared by the lecturer.

Office hours

See the website of Marina Carfagna


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