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Legal Nurse Consulting Principles and Practices

4th Edition

Edited by Julie Dickinson, Anne Meyer

CRC Press

860 pages | 23 B/W Illus.

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Legal Nurse Consulting Principles and Practices, 4th edition provides foundational knowledge on the specialty nursing practice of legal nurse consulting. Legal nurse consulting is defined, and essential information about the practice is discussed (history, certification, scope and standards of practice, and ethical and liability considerations). The essentials of the law and medical records are explored. Analysis of the various types of legal cases on which legal nurse consultants work is provided, as are other practice areas for legal nurse consultants. The various roles and skills of legal nurse consultants are explored, and the textbook concludes with discussion of the ways in which legal cases are adjudicated.

This volume allows nurses to bridge the gap from their clinical experience to the unfamiliar territory of the legal world, with practical advice on topics including tactics for being cross-examined in the courtroom and investigative and analytical techniques for medical records. Individual chapters by subject-matter experts focus on the full range of legal, medical, and business issues that new or experienced legal nurse consultants and nurse experts will encounter in their work. A nuanced look at the realities and complexities of toxic torts, medical malpractice cases, civil rights in correctional healthcare, ERISA and HMO litigation, and other practice areas is offered.

Suitable for experienced nurses studying for certification as legal nurse consultants, and for expert witnesses, practitioners seeking to expand their current legal nurse roles, and other healthcare and legal practitioners.

Table of Contents

ESSENTIALS OF LEGAL NURSE CONSULTING

1. History, Entry into Practice and Certification

Karen J. Huff, BSN, RN, LNCC; Tricia West, RN, BSN, MBA/HCM, PHN, CHN; and Irene Kniss, RN, BSN, LNCC

2. Professionalism, Ethics, Scope and Standards of Practice

Joan Magnusson, BSN, RN, LNCC; Elizabeth Zorn, RN, BSN, LNCC; and Julie Dickinson, MBA, BSN, RN, LNCC

ESSENTIALS OF THE LAW

3. Legal Fundamentals

Tonia Aiken, RN, JD; Adam B. Kuenning, JD, LLM; Flynn P. Carey, JD; Karen E. Evans, BSN, JD; Zakiya Sloley, JD; Grace Morse-McNelis, BSN, JD

4. Elements of Proof in Negligence Claims

Corey G. Lorenz, Esq.

5. Initiating Litigation, Discovery, and Disclosure

Peter I. Bergé, JD, MPA, PA-C Emeritus

MEDICAL RECORDS

6. Defense Medical Examinations

Nikki Chuml, MSN/Ed, RNC-OB, PRN

7. Sources of Medical Information

Patricia J. Bartzak, DNP, RN, CMSRN; Deborah Enicke, RN, CEN, COS-C, HCS-D; and Patricia Ann "Stormy" Green, RN, BSHS, RNFA

8. Access to Medical Records

Rachael Arruda, BA, RN, LNCC, CCM

9. Electronic Medical Records: An Overview

Todd A. Jennings, Esq.

CASE ANALYSIS

10. Elements of Case Analysis: Screening Medical Negligence Claims

Tonia Aiken, RN, JD; Phyllis ZaiKaner Miller, RN; Marguerite Barbacci, BSN, RN, MPH, LNCC

11. Case Analysis: Personal Injury

Linda Luedtke, MSN, RN and Elizabeth K Zorn, BSN, RN, LNCC

12. Long-Term Care Litigation

Elizabeth Murray BSN, RN, LNCC

13. Pharmaceutical and Medical Device Product Liability Litigation

Vicki W. Garnett, RN, CCRC, LNCC and Stacy Newsome, MSN, RN, LNCC

14. Evaluating Toxic Tort Cases

William P. Gavin, Esq.; Mark A. Love, Esq.; and Wendie A. Howland MN RN-BC CRRN CCM CNLCP LNCC

15. Workers’ Compensation Case Evaluation

Victoria Powell, RN, CCM, LNCC, CNLCP, CLCP, CBIS, CEASII

16. Evaluating Forensic Cases

Marjorie Berg Pugatch, MA, RN, EMT-B, LNCC; Deborah Wipf, MS, APRN-GCNS-BC, LNCC; Sandra Higelin, MSN, RN, CNS, CWCN, CLNC; Jennifer Oldham, BSN, RN, CEN, SANE-A; and Anita Symonds, MS, BSN, RN, CFC, CFN, SANE-A, SANE-P

17. Correctional Healthcare and Civil Rights

J. Thaddeus Eckenrode Esq.; Cynthia A. Maag BA, RN, LNCC; and Mariann F. Cosby DNP, MPA, RN, PHN, CEN, NE-BC, LNCC, CLCP, CCM, MSCC

18. Employment Law and Occupational Health and Safety

Kathleen P. Buckheit, MPH, BSN, RN, CEN, COHN-S/CM, CCM, FAAOHN and Moniaree Parker Jones, EdD, MSN, RN, CCM, COI

19. Informed Consent

Karen Wilkinson, MN, ARNP, LNCC, CNLCP and Deborah A. Wipf, MS, APRN-GCNS, LNCC

20. Medical Treatment Decisions: The Patient’s Choice

Kelly Tanner, BSN, RN, CCRN-A, CNLCP and Paula J. Yost, Esq. LPCA

21. The Employee Retirement Income Security Act and Health Maintenance Organization Litigation

Diane Trace Warlick, RN, JD

OTHER LEGAL NURSE CONSULTING PRACTICE AREAS

22. Risk and Patient Safety for the Legal Nurse Consultant

Bruce Edens, MD and Andree Neddermeyer, RN, MBA, CPHRM, CSSGB

23. The Life Care Planning Expert

Tracy Albee, BSN, RN, PHN, LNCC, CLCP, FIALCP; Mariann F. Cosby, DNP, MPA, RN, PHN, CEN, NE-BC, LNCC, CLCP, CCM, MSCC; and Martha Heath Beach, MS, M.Ed., RN, CNS, ARNP, CNP, CRC, CCM, CDMS, CLCP, CNLCP, CCRN, CNRN, CNOR, LNCC, CCNS, ACNP-BC

24. Medicare Set-Asides

Jennifer C. Jordan, ESQ., MSCC, CMSP-F and Leslie Schumacher, RN, CRRN, CCM, LNCC, CLCP, CNLCP, MSCC, CMSP-F

25. Healthcare Provider Licensure Investigations and Administrative Proceedings

Julie Dickinson, MBA, BSN, RN, LNCC and Marian Ead, BSN, RN

26. Fraud: Government and Private Sponsored Health Plans and General Case Evaluations

Rebecca Mendoza Saltiel Busch, MBA, CCM, RN, CFE, CPC, CHS¬IV, CRMA, CICA, FIALCP, FHFMA

27. The Role of the Legal Nurse Consultant in the Insurance Industry

Kari Williamson, BS, RN, LNCC, CCM

28. Bill Review: The Analysis of Claims for Healthcare Services

Rebecca A. Reier, BS, RN, CRNA (Ret.), CCS-P

LEGAL NURSE CONSULTANT ROLES

29. Legal Nurse Consultant Practice within a Law Firm

Elizabeth K. Zorn, BSN, RN, LNCC and Julie Dickinson, MBA, BSN, RN, LNCC

30. The Independent Legal Nurse Consultant

Anne Meyer, BSN, RN, LNCC and Cathy Weitzel, MSN, APRN

31. The Legal Nurse Consultant as Expert Witness

Mariann F. Cosby, DNP, MPA, MSN, RN, PHN, CEN, NE-BC, LNCC, CLCP, CCM, MSCC and Tricia West, MBA/HCM, BSN, RN, CHN, PHN

32. The Expert Fact Witness

Patricia W. Iyer, MSN, RN, LNCC

LEGAL NURSE CONSULTANT SKILLS

33. Communication with Attorneys’ Clients in the Medical Malpractice Arena

Sharon K. McQuown, MSN, RN, LNCC and Cheryl E. White, MSHL, BS, AS, RN, LHRM, LNCC, MSCC, DFSHRMPS

34. Researching Medical Literature and Other Information

Katy Jones, MSN, RN

35. Report Preparation Principles and Process

Joahnna Evans Budge BSN, RN, CCRN, CLNC

36. Locating, Screening, and Communicating with Expert Witnesses

Julie Dickinson, MBA, BSN, RN, LNCC

CASE ADJUDICATION

37. The Role of the Legal Nurse Consultant in the Preparation of Demonstrative Evidence

Kelly K. Campbell RN, BSN, CP, CLNC, CLCP, Sean Dennin, and Pat Iyer MSN, RN, LNCC

38. Alternative Dispute Resolution: Arbitration, Mediation, and Other Settlement Modalities

Margaret M. Gallagher, RN MSN LNCC CLNC, Annalese H. Reese, Esq., and Paul K. Reese, Esq.

39. Trial Preparation and the Trial Process

Diane L. Reboy, MS, BSN, RN, LNCC, CNLCP®, CCDS

Appendices

Glossary

Noreen Sisko, PhD, RN

Abbreviations and Acronyms

Noreen Sisko, PhD, RN

Index

About the Editors

Julie Dickinson MBA, BSN, RN, LNCC is a Senior Claims Analyst at Allied World Assurance Company in Farmington, CT, where she handles health care professional liability claims. Prior to her current position, she worked for nearly 10 years as a legal nurse consultant at Fontaine Alissi, P.C., a defense law firm in Hartford, CT. After graduating as Valedictorian of the Washington Hospital (PA) School of Nursing Class of 1998, Julie earned a BSN in 2000 from Waynesburg College (PA) and was inducted into the Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Honor Society. In 2007, Julie graduated from Yale University (CT) as a member of the inaugural class of the Leadership in Healthcare MBA for Executives program. Julie was the founding president of the Connecticut Chapter of the American Association of Legal Nurse Consultants (AALNC), a past President of AALNC, and a recipient of AALNC’s Distinguished Service Award. She is board-certified in legal nurse consulting and has lectured and published on numerous legal nursing topics.

Anne Meyer BSN, RN, LNCC received her Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from Marycrest College, Davenport, Iowa. She obtained board certification in Legal Nurse Consulting (LNCC) in 2010. Ms. Meyer brings over 30 years of professional nursing experience to her work as a consultant and expert witness. She has worked as a hospital staff and charge nurse in medical-surgical, cardiac and critical care areas, Director of Nursing in both long-term care and a national home health infusion company and implemented and facilitated a vestibular diagnostic and rehabilitation program for an outpatient rehabilitation company. She is currently President of Med-Law Connection, Inc., a legal nurse consulting firm established in 2005. As an experienced legal nurse consultant, Ms. Meyer provides consulting and expert witness services to both plaintiff and defense attorneys, insurance companies and corporations covering the areas of medical malpractice and negligence, workers’ compensation, personal injury and long term care. She is a member of the AALNC, served as chair of the American Association of Legal Nurse Consultants Certification Board for two years and as an ALNCCB board member for an additional four years. Ms. Meyer has also been an item writer for the LNCC examination and authored and edited learning modules for the AALNC online Legal Nurse Consulting course. She is a nurse educator and strong advocate for the nursing profession.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LAW026000
LAW / Criminal Law / General
LAW093000
LAW / Medical Law & Legislation
MED003000
MEDICAL / Allied Health Services / General
SOC004000
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Criminology