Professional Boundaries & Risk Management: A Primer

Nurse Edition

20 CME/CE Credits

Teleconference-based Seminars



This is a concise overview of the subject of professional misconduct derived from PBI's flagship live program, the PBI Professional Boundary Course (PB-24), produced by Professional Boundaries, Inc. and provided by the University of California, Irvine School of Medicine.

The Primer-20 course is written with two purposes in mind: to serve as an independent, telephonically enhanced CME/CE activity to reduce your risk for boundary violations, and to better prepare the reader for participation in the comprehensive version of the PBI Professional Boundary Course (PB-24).

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Who Is This Course For?

This course is specifically designed for professionals who are dealing with:

Professional misconduct General boundary/ethics violations
Sexual misconduct issues/violations Harassment in the workplace

This course requires completion of readings, assignments, a post-test and course evaluation.

Pre-approval: Many regulatory boards require that board ordered CME/CE programs for disciplinary purposes receive pre-approval. If you are taking this course to fulfill such a requirement, please contact your board or regulatory body for approval. If a boundary course is required, most boards expect a live (face-to-face) classroom experience such as the 3-day program, the PBI Professional Boundary Course (PB-24).

How Much Does This Course Cost?

$795.00 (20 CE Credits)

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.

Additional CME/CE credits are available following the Primer 20 to compliment this educational experience. If you have any questions regarding cost, please call us at 904-800-1237
or email us at [email protected].

What Do I Need For This Course?

Required Software & Hardware

After registration, the course material is available online for you to view or download. The course material is accessible from Windows, OS X, GNU/Linux and any other operating systems capable of viewing Adobe Acrobat files. If you do not have direct access to a personal computer, we will mail you the textbook portion of the course material and it is possible to download and print additional materials and participate from a library terminal or similar remote access.

Required Classwork

All tests and the written assignment can be emailed directly to [email protected], faxed to (305)723-8557, or mailed to Professional Boundaries, Inc., 1301 Riverplace Blvd, Suite 800, Jacksonville, FL 32207.

If you prefer, you may register by phone and have the material mailed or faxed to you. Please call us at 904-800-1237 to learn more.




Professional Boundaries & Violations:
A Primer

Primer-20 Teleconference Course

The goal of this course is to prevent boundary and ethics violations by developing and implementing a Stratified Boundary/Ethics Protection Plan to protect patients, practice, and the professional.


With this class, participants will learn to:

  • To increase awareness to the spectrum of boundary crossings which place a professional at risk for a boundary violation or an accusation of misconduct.
  • To obtain a basic understanding of boundary theory and the dynamics which underlie boundary violations in order to assure that it does not occur or happen again.
  • To develop a vigilance for early warning signs of potential boundary problems with patients to prevent their occurrence.
  • To be able to gain insight into professional risk factor and personal vulnerabilities by relating the information gained from the course to a boundary crossing or violation which you may have experience.
  • To understand the multiple sources of professional power and how such power can be knowingly / unknowingly abused, resulting in a violation
  • To develop a Protection Plan to safeguard your practice, patients, and yourself.

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COURSE AGENDA AND TIMELINE

In this course, we will utilize a variety of learning techniques including online reading, textbook reading (textbooks are provided by PBI in hardcover or podcast), written assignments and telephonic discussions and reviews with PBI faculty.

Assignment Time
Primer Reading 2 hours
Primer Posttest 45 minutes
Textbook Reading 6.5 hours
Textbook Post-Test 10 minutes
"My Story" Personal Essay 2 hours
Maintenance and Accountability Seminar 4 hours
Boundary Formula 1.5 hours
Develop Protection Plan 1 hour
Telephonic Review 1 hour
Course Evaluation 5 minutes
Total CME/CE Hours: 20 hours

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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 20 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.