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AALNC Annual Forum 2017 Education

The AALNC Annual Forum offers a variety of learning experiences that provide opportunities to explore new and exciting topics, earn continuing nursing education contact hours, and gain AALNC organization and leadership updates. Education at the Forum provides sessions that seek to improve personal work products, client satisfaction and outcomes. Learn more about Continuing Education opportunities at AALNC Annual Forum. 


Thursday, April 6: 7:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Friday, April 7: 7:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, April 8: 7:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.


Thursday, April 6: 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Friday, April 7: 10:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
                            3:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, April 8: 9:00 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.
*Passport to Prizes drawing is at 9:45 a.m. Must be present to win.

Click the session titles below for more information about the session, speaker and available CNE contact hours. Symbols next to each title denote one of three tracks the session covers: 

 = Professional and Business Issues

 = Practice Issues

 = Clinical Issues

Thursday, April 6, 2017: Pre-Forum 

Please note the times of Pre-Forum sessions. You may not attend all sessions due to overlapping session durations.

7:30 a.m. - 8:00 a.m.
Continental Breakfast

8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

How To Write A Bulletproof Expert Witness Report 

Presented by: Nadine Nasser Donovan, Esq.
An expert witness is hired primarily to offer their expert opinion. Retaining counsel is expecting their expert witnesses to produce first-rate reports. Attendees will learn how to draft a powerful, persuasive and defensible expert witness report. Techniques to protect the expert’s report and opinions from admissibility challenges will be explained. Samples from well formatted reports will be provided and studied.
Contact Hours:6

11:15 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.

11:45 a.m. - 1:45 p.m.

Polish Your Skills to Make your Work Products Shine: A Hands-On Workshop for LNCs on Adobe Acrobat Pro, Microsoft Word and Microsoft Excel 

Presented by: Charlene Pearman, RN, BSN CLNC & Teri Levin, BS, RN, CLNC
Adobe Acrobat DC - This program can change your life by making it easier and faster to work with pdf documents. In this hands-on workshop, you’ll learn how you can print and scan less, saving time and money. Learn how to electronically highlight, annotate, rearrange, Bates-stamp, combine, separate, index, redact, and protect pdf documents such as medical records. You'll also learn how to copy sections from the medical record and paste them directly into your chronology or other reports, saving time and increasing accuracy. Participants will need to download the appropriate (Mac or Windows) 7-day free trial or annual subscription of Adobe Acrobat Pro DC on their laptops before coming to the class. The 7 day free trial includes a free tutorial. Be sure to wait to download the program until you are within the 7-day window of the class. For more practice time, the participants have the option of paying $24.99 to buy a one-month subscription with no further commitment. With a 1-year commitment, the monthly subscription costs 14.99/month. The full license is available as well, for around $450.00. Note: for the purpose of this class, the Pro version is needed. The Standard version will not provide the appropriate tools.
To download, please click here.

Microsoft Word - The most requested LNC report is the medical chronology, which is often in the form of a 'table' created with Microsoft Word. Learn some Microsoft Word tips and tricks for a more enjoyable experience and more professional work products. Bring your laptop to the session to practice the tips and tricks presented in the session. Make sure Microsoft Word is on the laptop!

Microsoft Excel - Your attorney-client may ask for your help with demonstrative evidence. Requests such as these: “Make a graph of the mother's blood pressures and the baby’s fetal heart rate," or Make a graph of the vital signs leading up to the stroke," or “Make a graph of her hemoglobin results” can become fun assignments if you know how to use Excel. Bring your laptop with Microsoft Excel already on it, and you can learn how to develop line graphs using a database you create.
Contact Hours:2

1:55 p.m. - 2:55 p.m.

Research and Resources 

Presented by: Lynda Sheehan, RN, LNCC
This session is intended to expand upon the list of resources currently available on the AALNC website. Whether you're looking for a particular article, building a disease-specific bibliography, following medical or legal trends, or looking for an expert, the more options you have, the more comprehensive search you can do.
Contact Hours:1

3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Visual Rhetoric: The Effective Use of PowerPoint During Closing Arguments 

Presented by: Julie Dickinson, MBA, BSN, RN, LNCC
Trials culminate during closing arguments when each party has a final opportunity to summarize the evidence and persuade the jury. Because people learn, think, and remember visually, using PowerPoint in conjunction with verbal closing arguments can enhance the jury’s understanding of the party’s case.
Contact Hours:1

4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Welcome Reception with AALNC Partners presented by Streamlined Record Retrieval

6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Networking: Uncork Your Potential 

Presented by: Susan Carleo, RN, CAPA, LNCC
Learn more about our networking event and how to register.
Contact Hours:2

Friday, April 7, 2017

7:00 a.m. - 7:45 a.m.
Continental Breakfast and Partner Presentation presented by Empowered Nursing

8:00 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.
Welcome and Partner Introductions

8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

Evaluation of the Malpractice Case: What to Look for in the Record

Presented by: Carolyn Buppert, MSN, JD, Law Office of Carolyn Buppert, Boulder, CO
Attorney Carolyn Buppert, formerly a critical nurse and primary care nurse practitioner, collects malpractice cases, primarily for the purpose of preventing lawsuits by helping physicians and advanced practice providers learn from the mistakes of others. In this session she will analyze 10 cases, with a focus on what went wrong, what went right, and how the LNC can compare pluses and minuses after reading the medical record. The analytic framework will focus on proving or disproving the 4 elements of malpractice.
Contact Hours:1.5

10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

LNC Cycles of Business-Successfully Weathering Adversity and Electrifying Growth

Presented by: Rosie Oldham, BS, RN, LNCC
Based on 25 years of successful LNC practice, Rosie Oldham shares an inspirational message about starting an independent LNC consulting firm to include peaks, valleys, and multimillion dollar collaboration of services with renowned corporations. She will present a humorous yet realistic discussion of startup challenges, weathering the recession, and exponential growth. Rosie will challenge LNCs to defy risk aversion, provide insight for overcoming adversity in business and relaxing in the sunshine of a successful exit strategy.
Contact Hours:1

10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Forensic Accident Investigation: A Motor Vehicle Accident Case Study

Presented by: Lee Campbell, RN, BSN, CLNC & Mitch Garber, MD, MPH, MSME
This session will be a shared speaker presentation between a medical doctor who is also a biomedical engineer and a registered nurse whose role is 'forensic nurse' at an engineering consulting firm. This presentation aims to answer the question, "How can legal nurse consultants be more of an asset to their clients when reviewing motor vehicle accident cases?" We will discuss biomechanics and human factor analysis and the important aspects of injury analysis and investigation in regards to motor vehicle accidents. The presenters will review case studies involving motor vehicle accidents and analyze pertinent information that can assist in the forensic investigation.The legal nurse consultant attending this session will gain insight into better understanding the dynamics of motor vehicle accidents and how medical information can provide vital input into the forensic investigation.
Contact Hours:1

11:30 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.
Lunch and Partner Presentation presented by FIG

1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

LNC Case Study: Mitigating Damages, Will It Frye?

Presented by: Marjorie Berg Pugatch, RN, MA, LNCC, EMT-B
Attending this session will provide an in depth discussion about the LNC’s vital role in a personal injury case. The speaker will present her role and the skills needed in a PI case based on an actual experience. Terms such as Bill of Particulars and Frye hearing will be part of the presentation as well as the importance of researching skills.
Contact Hours:1

1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Lessons Learned from Perinatal Case Review

Presented by: Kristin Quenton, RN, LNCC & Barbara Hansen, MS, RN, LNCC, CPHRM
Common areas of breakdowns in perinatal care from critical access to tertiary hospitals will be discussed. Best practices which may prevent or mitigate poor outcomes will be described. Resources regarding best practices and professional guidelines will be provided.
Contact Hours:1

2:10 p.m. - 3:40 p.m.

Finding the Right Path as a LNC

Presented by: Mary Flanagan, Lauren Danahy, Karen Wilkinson, Susan Point, Jane Barone, Debbie Pritts, & Kelly Tanner
Starting your path as a legal nurse consultant can be challenging. The first step is to find the right path to go down. This session will give participants insight into the possibilities! Six different paths a legal nurse consultant might choose will be presented in this innovative session. Come learn what a LNC does!
Contact Hours:1.5

2:10 p.m. - 3:40 p.m.

Regulatory Compliance and the LNC

Presented by: Steve Janes, RN, LNCC
Regulations protect patients and impact providers. In this session, you’ll learn how regulatory knowledge can enhance your LNC practice, how to mitigate your liability related to HIPAA, and about the opportunities available to LNCs in regulatory enforcement and defense, including False Claim Act cases.
Contact Hours:1.5

4:15 p.m. - 5:15 p.m.

He's Not Breathing: Medication Errors in Ambulatory Surgery

Presented by: Pat Iyer, MSN, RN, LNCC & Barbara J. Levin, BSN, RN, ONC, CMSRN, LNCC
Undetected respiratory depression caused by opiates is one of the most serious clinical situations. Using this clinical scenario, the session focuses on the scope of factors that contribute to a medication error in ambulatory surgery. The presentation includes tips for analyzing a medication error involving opiates administered after surgery.
Contact Hours:1

5:15 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Partner Reception


Saturday, April 8, 2017

7:00 a.m. - 7:30 a.m.
Continental Breakfast

7:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.

Cardiology Malpractice Claims: The Heart of the Matter

Presented by: Patrick Blomberg, MD, FACC, FHRS
Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in the United States. The failure to diagnosis and appropriately manage cardiovascular disease often results in malpractice claims. This presentation will provide a basic review of cardiovascular pathophysiology and terminology, risk assessment, and management of the most common cardiovascular conditions. Topics covered will include acute myocardial infarction, atrial fibrillation, anticoagulation, valvular heart disease, syncope, sudden death, and defibrillators. This presentation will help attendees better understand cardiology malpractice claims and determine whether or not these claims have merit.
Contact Hours:1.5

9:00 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.
Passport to Prizes

9:45 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.

Spinal Epidural Abscess: A Diagnosis Too Easy Not to Miss

Presented by: Charles Pilcher, MD, FACEP
A spinal epidural abscess is missed far too often; rarely is there an excuse for that. Nurses can be instrumental in preventing lifelong paralysis by understanding the signs and symptoms that should alert physicians to the diagnosis. LNC’s can review cases for both plaintiff and defense attorneys to help assess the strengths and weaknesses of a lawsuit. Avoidable mistakes such as cognitive biases, mis-interpreted lab and imaging studies and failure to consider the diagnosis are illustrated through case examples.
Contact Hours:1

9:45 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.

Wanted LNC Expert: Help Us Choose You

Presented by: Debra Greenly, RN, LNCC & Jodi Beaver, BSN, RN, LNCC
In-House LNCs have the responsibility to be the headhunter to find other LNC’s to review cases. This presentation will show you what YOU can do to make yourself stand out and show us that you are the right person for the job.
Contact Hours:1

11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Navigating Long-Term Care Records and Assesssing Clinical Liability

Presented by: Phyllis McNicholas, BSN, RN & Paige Platten, RN, BSN, JD
As the U.S. population ages and the aging service market grows, litigation against long-term care facilities continues to escalate. Learn the unique aspects of long-term care records and effective evaluation of the standard of care. Focus your strategy as you uncover preventive methods, proper treatments, and potential areas of concern.
Contact Hours:1

11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Adding Nurse Life Care Planning to your Legal Nurse Practice

Presented by: Rebecca E Czarnik RN, MS, CLNC, NLCP-C, CMSP
What is Nurse Life Care Planning all about? Compare and contrast the foundations of Legal Nurse Consulting and Nurse Life Care Planning. Learn if you want to add this specialty to your Nursing practice.
Contact Hours:1

12:15 p.m. - 1:15 p.m.
Lunch and State of the Association and Business Meeting

1:25 p.m. - 2:55 p.m.

LNC as Eyes and Ears of Attorney for IME/DME

Presented by: Karen Wilkinson, MN, ARNP
A handy service to offer attorneys as an LNC is attendance at IME/DME exams. This session will describe how the LNC can develop and start providing this service as part of their LNC service portfolio. The contents of IME/DME/CR-35 exams will be discussed including the role of the LNC, guidelines for attending exam, taking notes and what to observe, as well as report preparation. Ideas on how to market services and get started will be included.
Contact Hours:1.5

1:25 p.m. - 2:55 p.m.

Non-Disclosure Clauses in Med Mal Lawsuits: Are They a Barrier to Patient Safety?

Presented by: Charles Pilcher, MD, FACEP & Peter Tuenge, Esq. & William Nelson, Esq. & David Griffiths, MBA, BS & Laura Grossman Nissim, RN, MS, CNS, LNCC
Healthcare providers are learning almost nothing from the mistakes of our colleagues. Only trial verdicts become public knowledge. Pre-trial settlements, which amount to over 95% of claims paid, almost always include a “confidentiality” or “non-disclosure” clause. This panel discussion will address the role played by such settlements in keeping health professionals in the dark rather than learning from them. Insurers, plaintiffs, defendants and their attorneys all have a vested interest in how much information about a case is disclosed, why and to whom. The panelists will discuss their various viewpoints to help answer the question “Are non-disclosure clauses a barrier to patient safety?”
Contact Hours:1.5

3:05 p.m. - 4:05 p.m.

Surviving Mile Marker 97

Presented by: Tracy Rodgers, RN, BSN, LNCC, WCC, DWC
Participants attending this session will see firsthand how a personal injury case can affect a client. The speaker will share a personal and behind the scene journey of surviving a near fatal car crash, living out the litigation roller coaster, and then how she took her life back. It will help to demonstrate the design and method you can use to assist clients through this process. You will be shown the strategies used for developing and advancing the case on a plaintiff end as well as methods used by defense to reduce or depreciate the damages. This session will help to open your minds to the very inner making of a personal injury case from both a legal nurse consultant and client. It is a story of hope, inspiration, and motivation that is mirrored in her platform statement, “Your tomorrow starts today.”
Contact Hours:1

Continuing Education

Earn continuing education contact hours while you learn! The AALNC Annual Forum is the premier conference for legal nurse consultants offering the opportunity to earn continuing education contact hours from multiple programs. To earn contact hours an entire session must be attended. The total number of contact hours awarded is determined by the number of sessions an individual completes. The maximum number of continuing nursing education contact hours is 20. The following disclosures are provided for clarification purposes and for your review before you begin your learning experience.

Criteria for Successful Completion

  • Register for and attend the event.
  • Complete and submit your self-report form indicating which sessions you attend.
  • Complete and submit an online evaluation form for each session you attend.

ANCC Accreditation

The American Association of Legal Nurse Consultants Education Committee is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

Commission for Case Manager Certification

This program has been pre-approved by The Commission for Case Manager Certification to provide continuing education credit to Certified Case Managers (CCMs).

The course is approved for 20 CE contact hour(s). Activity code: C00025639 Approval Number: 170000645.

Legal Nurse Consultant Certified

Contact hours for all educational sessions in this conference can be applied towards LNCC® certification renewal.

Certified Nurse Life Care Planner

This program has been pre-approved by the Certified Nurse Life Care Planner Certification Board. 16 sessions may be applied toward CNLCP® certification renewal for a maximum of 13.0 contact hours. See the self-report form for specific session listing.