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Advisory on Robot-Assisted Surgery- Read how the Quality and Patient Safety Division (QPSD) of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Board of Registration in Medicine identified common issues in reports of adverse events involving robot-assisted surgery and made recommendations to help health care facilities develop systems to improve the safe use of the technology. Jane Mihalich, an active AALNC member and LNCC, assisted with the development for this advisory and is currently a Quality Analyst for the QPSD. Both quality and patient safety are growing positions in the LNC field. Read the article to find out more!  
Source: Quality and Patient Safety Division, March 2013 


Legal Nurse Consultants a valuable resource
- Read how legal nurse consultants assists medical cases through their expertise and efficiency.
Source: NY Daily Record, March 2013 

Legal Nurse Consultants offer cost-effective litigation help - read how legal nurse consultants offer cost-effective litigation help. Know how to use an LNC; about screening cases and finding experts; case preparation and more!
Source: lawyersusaonline.com, May 2009

Nurses' Supporting Role in Law and Order - read about the role of a nurse in the criminal justice system.
The New York Times, May 2009


 

AALNC Scope and Standards on Legal Nurse Consulting as RN Practice

CHICAGO (April 11, 2006)- The American Nurses Association (ANA) newly adopted Legal Nurse Consulting: Scope and Standards of Practice affirms that legal nurse consultants are indeed practicing nurses, and that legal nurse consulting is recognized as a nursing specialty. This Scope and Standards document has been developed by the American Association of Legal Nurse Consultants (AALNC) in collaboration with the ANA and incorporates public comments received from its six-week posting on the ANA Web site.

Lynda Kopishke, president of AALNC, states that "As knowledge-based professionals, legal nurse consultants perform a critical analysis of clinical and administrative nursing practice, healthcare facts and issues, and their outcomes. These analyses are used to improve future healthcare for patients, to advocate for remedies for patients, and to provide education to clients, patients, healthcare providers and the public." By virtue of nursing knowledge - which must remain current - as well as training and experience, the role of a legal nurse consultant must be performed by a registered nurse and is, in fact, a specialized practice within the field of nursing.

In many jurisdictions the state nurse practice act and associated regulatory language have conveyed title protection for the term "nurse." "Nursing - including the specialty of legal nurse consulting - is a knowledge-based profession, and when using that knowledge the legal nurse consultant is indeed practicing the profession of nursing and must maintain an active license as a registered nurse," stresses Kopishke. "We very much appreciate the ANA's willingness to collaborate with us in our goal of ANA recognition of legal nurse consulting as a RN specialty practice." Legal Nurse Consulting: Scope and Standards of Practice will be available for purchase through the AALNC online bookstore in mid-June for a price of $14.50 per copy.

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Legal Nurse Consultants offer cost-effective litigation help - read how legal nurse consultants offer cost-effective litigation help. Know how to use an LNC; about screening cases and finding experts; case preparation and more!
Source: lawyersusaonline.com, May 2009

Nurses' Supporting Role in Law and Order - read an article from the New York Times on the role of a nurse in the criminal justice system.
The New York Times, May 2009
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/05/10/jobs/10starts.html?_r=1&8dpc

Legal Nurse Consultants: A Membership Opportunity Worth Considering - read about the West Virginia Bar Association's decision to create a LNC Section within their organization and how this new membership opportunity has proved beneficial to both the attorneys and legal nurse consultants involved.
"Legal Nurse Consultants: A Membership Opportunity Worth Considering" by Karen Huff, published in Bar Leader, Volume 30, No.3, January/February 2006. © 2006 by the American Bar Association.

Reproduced with permission. All rights reserved. This information or any portion thereof may not be copied or disseminated in any form or by any means or downloaded or stored in an electronic database or retrieval system without the express written consent of the American Bar Association.

AALNC Adopts Position Statement - Providing Expert Nursing Testimony
The American Association of Legal Nurse Consultants (AALNC) has published an official position statement regarding expert testimony in medical malpractice cases. AALNC maintains that nurses possess specialized knowledge that physicians and other allied health care practitioners do not have unless they have been trained and have practices as a registered nurse. Therefore, only nurses should provide expert testimony related to nursing standards of care.

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