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Volume 28 Number 1 Spring 2017 THE JOURNAL OF egal Nurse Consulting NICHE ROLES IN LNC

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THE JOURNAL OF egal Nurse Volume 28 Number 1 Spring 2017 Consulting 9 MY LIFE AS AN LNC By Lynda K. Sheehan RN, LNCC 28 30 32 THE LNC ROLE IN DESCRIBING DAMAGES By Pat Iyer MSN, RN, LNCC 11

PURPOSE American Association of Legal Nurse Consultants 330 North Wabash Ave. Suite 2000 Chicago, IL 60611 8774022562 3123215177 Fax 3126736655 Email Web site The purpose

ARTICLE SUBMISSION The Journal of Legal Nurse Consulting JLNC, a refereed publication, is the official journal of the American Association of Legal Nurse Consultants AALNC. We invite interested nurses

FROM THE PRESIDENT A Message from the President Dear AALNC Members, Susan Carleo RN, CAPA, LNCC President, AALNC Our PreForum starts on Thursday, April 6, 2017 with two amazing sessions to choose f

FROM THE EDITOR Editors Note elcome to the March issue of the JLNC. I have had the great honor to serve as Editor for three years, working with a great group of legal nurse consultants of many backgr

FROM THE EDITOR We are also planning what were calling a potpourri supplement to every December issue, where in addition to the issue theme well have articles by firsttime nurse authors on the topics

SCREENING SKILLS Test Your Case Screening Skills Youre an inhouse LNC in a medmal firm, and your secretary took these notes from phone calls and passed them along. You decide reject, or investigate A

LEGAL EAGLE Patients Fall Court sees evidence of faulty nursing assessment of patients injuries Reprinted with the kind permission of E. Kenneth Snyder, JD, BSN, EditorPublisher, Legal Eagle Eye News

FEATURE My life as an LNC Lynda K. Sheehan RN, LNCC I t has been more than thirty years since I first experienced how nurses were being used in the legal arena. I was working as a department head i

when the new general counsel offered me a fulltime job. The pay wasnt great, but the experience was invaluable. I reviewed records, attended depositions, went to court hearings with the attorneys and

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BD Beth Diehl Neonatal ICU Beth Diehls legal nurse career began in 1988 shortly after she completed graduate school. She was approached by a neonatologist asking her to re

Donna currently provides her services to LNCs and attorneys. Prior to becoming a jail nurse, Donna collected evidence from people who had been arrested for DUIs. Since the test results were evidence u

through testing by NCCHC. Donna and Jane are always prepared to share their extensive knowledgeable regarding corrections. Donnas advice for any LNC who wants to find a niche market is, Do something y

Katie concurs with the other advice of learning and diversifying your experience in your area. Other words of advice Pull out your CV and a red pen. Be sure attorneys understand what you do or what s

FEATURE Victoria invested in herself, in her knowledge, and in her experience She volunteered to serve as guest editor for an amputation issue of the Journal of Nurse Life Care Planning. She reached o

FEATURE Niche Marketing Concepts for the LNC Victoria Powell RN, CCM, LNCC, CNLCP, MSCC, CEAS, CBIS hen you have a case that involves a particular area of expertise, does someone quickly come to mind

in my case, rather than nurse life care planning, its life care planning for limb loss or amputation injury. SO HOW DOES ONE DEVELOP A NICHE As a legal nurse consultant, you can simply decide to do i

In order to have a true niche, immerse yourself in the subject matter. This means investing in yourself Start by reading industry news. It is essential to evaluate everything possible on the subject m

FEATURE Certified Forensic Nurse and Consultant Lori Combs RN, LNC Keywords Certified Forensic Nurse Certified Forensic Consultant homicide cases strangulation cases child abuse cases stabbing cases

I am very fortunate to have had the fantastic opportunity of taking my expertise in critical care nursing and forensics from the bedside to the legal arena. I work with criminal attorneys reviewing a

FEATURE Nursing Behind Bars The Differences Between Jail and Prison Lauren Danahy, RN, BS, MBA, CCM, LNCC, CCHP 22 THE JOURNAL OF LEGAL NURSE CONSULTING

B efore I worked in the jail system, like many people I didnt realize there was a difference between jails and prisons. Heres an easy breakdown Table 1 Jails Provide shortterm a year or less, or awai

Nursing inside the walls has its own level of caution. Things that we take for granted such as setting a pen down on top of a med cart cannot happen. Inmatesprisoners will take advantage of this and f

The largest difference is that in prison, it is the prisoners home. Some are there for a very long time, and some are there for life. I was surprised to once hear a prisoner returning to the county fo

FEATURE Industry ADA Compliance Officer Regina Jackson, RN, BS, CCM, LNCC I am the oldest daughter of my parents seven children and grew up in a military household. My father was an officer in the

I began working for a multibilliondollar global company as a contract occupational health nurse OHN. I studied the Core Curriculum for Occupational Health Nurses endorsed by the American Association o

FEATURE The LNC Role in Describing Damages Pat Iyer MSN, RN, LNCC ou are sitting in the courtroom with all eyes on you. Carefully you explain the highlights of what the plaintiff went through during

jury to understand the medical records. It gives a voice to a plaintiff, particularly those who are unable to testify due to disability or death. In my experience having prepared more than 500 of thes

FEATURE Defense Medical Exams Lisa Kuipers RN D 30 efense Medical Exams DMEs Independent Medical Exams IMEs are plentiful in California. I know three California LNCs who work DMEs full time. If I

Was weakness of a body part observed We also observe if plaintiff seemed to give full effort, reported any complaints during testing, or had any painful expressions that were not verbalized. Recording

FEATURE Volunteering State Nursing Practice Advisory Panel Wendie Howland MN, RNBC, CRRN, CCM, CNLCP, LNCC H 32 eres something different you can do with your LNC experience Volunteer for your sta

ing for clarification. If the answer isnt immediately clear, for example as a matter of unambiguous language in the Nurse Practice Act, the Board refers it over to the Panel Chair for review. She pull

Pretty interesting lot, isnt it Other advisories include guidance on such varied topics as administering immunizing agents or vaccines foot care holistic nursing and complementary integrative healt

FEATURE Nontraditional Legal Nurse Consultant Roles The Role of the Defense LNC in Licensure Investigations Julie Dickinson MBA, BSN, RN, LNCC Note The process described herein is based on the author

The LNCs role in preparing for and participating in an administrative hearing is very similar to that for a civil trial. The LNC works with the attorney to strategize on the defense, identify and prep

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