Legal Issues for the Personal Care Worker

There are many aspects related to the responsibility an employee has to his or her employer in order to be successful in the job and make sure the working relationship is a good one. Some of the responsibilities are related to state and federal rules and laws that the employer needs to follow. Other responsibilities are in place for the employee's safety and the safety and well-being of the patient. This course will review the responsibilities an employee has to his or her employer.

This is a self-paced course with optional knowledge check quizzes after each lesson. These non-graded quizzes allow you to check your understanding of the lesson objectives before proceeding to the next lesson. After the final lesson you will be required to take the final exam. You must score 70% or higher to pass the course and obtain a certificate of completion.

  • Describe the responsibilities of the employee to the employer
  • Explain the typical organizational structure/chain of command
  • Recognize members making up the health care team.
  • Identify the individual's responsibility in team communication.
  • Give examples of a professional relationship with an employer
  • List responsibilities of the employer to the worker
  • Explain why policies and procedures are important to practice
  • Describe the relationship between the personal care worker and the patient.
  • Define ethics and etiquette for the personal care worker
  • List the patient's rights when receiving health care services
  • Describe the Vulnerable Adult Law
  • Explain the Patient Self-Determination Act
Contact Time

2.8 Contact Hour: based on 60 minute contact hour

Estimated Time

The estimated time for completion for this activity is 2.8 hour(s).

Intended Audience

This course is designed to meet the continuing education requirements of personal care workers.

Disclosure Statements:
Author Originating

Patricia Jump - RN PHN MA

Technical Nurse Consultant, President Acorn's End Training and Consulting. Patricia Jump received her Bachelor's in Nursing Degree from Winona State University and her Masters of Arts Degree in Health and Human Services Administration from St. Mary's University. She has over 25 years experience in the health care field and almost two decades of public speaking experience. As a professional trainer and consultant, Patricia conducts seminars across the country for all levels of employees in business, professional associations, educational organizations, churches, and government agencies. Additionally, she serves as personal coach, consultant, and retreat facilitator for home care leaders and organizations throughout the nation.


Materials used in connection with this course may be subject to copyright protection. Retention of the materials for longer than the class term, unauthorized further dissemination of the materials, or use of copyrighted materials in any way other than intended for this class is prohibited by Copyright and Teach Act laws.


This course was developed with Rochester Community and Technical College's Continuing Education and Workforce Development Division located in Rochester Minnesota. Development was funded from the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System.

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Personal Care Worker Health