PBI Medical Ethics and Professionalism Course (ME-15T)

Nurse Edition


The PBI Medical Ethics and Professionalism Course (ME-15T) is about building up practitioner ethics and safeguarding the public.

PBI ethics protection courses are a valuable resource for regulatory boards, professional associations and training institutions. We focus on providing a comprehensive educational system that prepares professionals to return to practice.

As part of our philosophy of education and growth, our courses follow a process for examining the core etiologies of violations to draw out important insight and enact meaningful change. We help establish protection strategies for the ethical practice of medicine - and it works. Our goal is to provide an effective program that helps assure consumers and the community that safe and ethical professionals are allowed to practice.

Who Should Attend This Course?

This is a cost effective program that allows participants to participate from the privacy of their homes or offices with no travel or lodging expenses.

At the request of regulatory boards, this course was developed to fulfill the remedial education requirements for professionals who have been investigated and/or disciplined for ethical violations. Others may benefit from participation as a measure of preventive education. This course is not a replacement for standard bioethics courses or general ethics courses in medical school or other health care professions.

For some, this course is a mandated requirement for continuing to practice or to have the option of returning to practice following a suspension or other disciplinary action. Course participants may have breached an ethical code or violated their state’s administrative practice act- rule or law, or may have found themselves in a situation in which their actions or lack of actions were perceived by those in authority , to constitute a violation or possible violation. In any case, the outcome has been, in part or in whole, to participate in an ethics course.


What Is This Course About?

This course is designed to address administrative and ethical violations including transgressions of codes of ethics, state administrative code and Medical Practice Acts. The truth is, any professional would benefit from the educational experience of a PBI course.

The PBI Medical Ethics and Professionalism Course (ME-15T) covers issues like:

Violation of privileged communication or breach of confidentiality Fraudulent or misleading advertising or professional status
Fraudulent or deceptive services Attempting to obtain a medical license by fraud or misrepresentation
Using one’s name to cover the actions of another not licensed to practice Failure to disclose financial interest in a referral entity
Falsification of patient records or patient logs Misleading or deceptive communication with regulatory boards

The faculty for this course are selected by PBI and approved by the University of California, Irvine School of Medicine Office of Continuing Medical Education.

Are Boundary Violations Covered?

This course does not cover the specific issue of professional sexual misconduct, sexual impropriety or sexual violations which are more thoroughly addressed in other Professional Boundaries, Inc. courses. However, a violator in this area may gain some understanding and insight into the underlying dynamics that might have triggered this behavior.

What Makes This Program Effective?

The PBI Medical Ethics and Professionalism program has been developed by experienced and talented faculty members from across the United States with experience and expertise in ethics violations, boundary issues, and treatment of impaired practitioners. The focus is in helping first-time ethics and boundary violators discover the underlying issues that led to their transgression and to develop a plan of action that will prevent a re-violation in the future. This will assist in one’s return to safe ethical professional practice.

Why Are There Multiple Educational Formats?

This course utilizes a combination of reading content, self-exploratory reading assignments, perusals of your state’s administrative statutes pertaining to your specific violation and a series of discussions with faculty and other Professionals. This allows for learning through multiple facets and an opportunity to process and articulate one’s areas of vulnerabilities so that meaningful and lasting corrective action can occur.


How Much Does This Course Cost?

$595.00 (15 CE CE Credits)

PBI’s commitment to Quality, Accessibility, and Affordability

Course fees may be paid by credit card or financing may also be available through PayPal Credit. When choosing PayPal Credit look for the financing offer from PayPal like this one: "No Payments + No Interest if paid in full in 6 months on purchases of $99 or more." If you have any questions regarding cost, please call us at 904-800-1237 or email us at [email protected].

When Is This Course Available?

This course may begin at any time after registration and usually takes about 4 - 6 weeks to complete. Equipment needed is a computer with internet accessibility and telephone.

PBI Medical Ethics and Professionalism Course (ME-15T)

Teleconference Course

The course goal is to re-establish a firm ethical foundation, including an ethical protection plan, for professionals who have been investigated for ethical violations by state regulatory boards and/or professional associations.

With this class, you will learn to:

  • Gain an understanding of moral authority and ethical decision making.
  • Understand the relationship between ethical content and ethical process.
  • Review codes and laws relevant to their specific offense.
  • Communicate the harm done from ethical / legal violations.
  • Identify and define violation potentials for ethical issues utilizing the Ethics Formula.
  • Create an Ethics Protection Plan to maintain and safeguard professional ethics.
  • Learn to utilize peer group discussions for ethical dilemma resolution.



Readings (2hr total) Add'l Assignments
Introduction Telephonic Discussion (3.75hrs)
Ethics/Law Overview Assignments (5.75hrs)
Underlying Foundation Telephonic Discussions (5.5hrs)
Concepts of Moral Authority TOTAL: 15 hours
Assignment Time
Research and review Statutes and Code of Ethics related to the offense.
(Send copies to PBI for telephonic discussion with faculty)
1 hour
Ethics Self-Assessment Tool ESAT 1 hour
Teleconference with faculty to review assignment and assessment tool 1 hour
Reading: Ethics Formula –risks, vulnerabilities, accountability, and resistance 45 min
Formula Exercise 45 min
Reading: Understanding Vulnerabilities; Seeking Forgiveness 1 hour
Ethics Protection Plan- preventing future problems 30 min
Paper: Summary of ethical violation, growth and plan 2 hours
Four sessions –Ethics: Maintenance and Accountability Seminar Series (E-MASS)
(These teleconference sessions are held from 7:15 - 8:15pm)
4 hours
Post-Test Review 20 min
Teleconference review with faculty 30 min
Final Course Evaluation 10 min

Why Should I Choose PBI?

PBI has a proven history of helping working professionals move past boundary issues with compassion and understanding.

Best Value For Your Money

We are the most cost-effective boundary program in the US as well as the most accessible: your class will start immedately upon registration. We provide weekend conferences so you have less down-time - many of our programs go from 8am Friday through 5pm Sunday to keep from interrupting your busy schedule.

Recognized For High Quality

We have been CME accredited since 2003 and we are the only program developed and presented by a consortium of experts from across the United States to protect professionals and their patients, clients, students, staffers, and/or congregants. PBI was selected by the Federation of State Medical Boards in 2006 to provide webinar training to State Medical Board members on the topic of sexual and non-sexual boundary transgressions by licensees.

Learn From Instructors Who Have Been There

We have a large and diverse faculty and we are the only course in the country with integrated teleconference follow-ups that maximize your value from the course. We are also the only US program taught by a physician in recovery for a boundary violation.

CME Information

Accreditation Statement

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education provided by the University of California, Irvine School of Medicine and Professional Boundaries, Inc. The University of California, Irvine School of Medicine is accredited by the ACCME to provide medical education for nurses.

Designation Statement

The University of California, Irvine School of Medicine designates these live activities each for a maximum of 15 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. nurses should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Disclosure Policy

It is the policy of the University of California, Irvine School of Medicine and the University of California CME Consortium to ensure balance, independence, objectivity and scientific rigor in all CME activities. Full disclosure of conflicts and conflict resolutions will be made prior to the activity in writing via handout materials, insert, or syllabus.

California Assembly Bill 1195

This activity is in compliance with California Assembly Bill 1195, which requires continuing medical education activities with patient care components to include curriculum in the subjects of cultural and linguistic competency. For specific information regarding Bill 1195 and definitions of cultural and linguistic competency, please visit the CME website at www.meded.uci.edu.