Annual Forum Agenda

Check out AALNC's Annual Forum 2016 Line-up by scrolling through our agenda below. Click on the titles of sessions to read full session descriptions. AALNC designates this educational activity for a maxiumum of 19.5 Continuing Nursing Education contact hours. Attendees may earn up to 11.5 contact hours for participation in the Forum, up to 6 contact hours for participation in the Pre-Forum, and 2 hours for participation in the Thursday Networking Event, Networking: Scoring a Strike!

Friday, April 22, 2016

Registration Hours: 

  • 7:00 am - 1:00 pm



CE Credits

6:00 a.m. - 6:45 a.m.

Zumba, Karen Huff

Zumba is an exhilarating, effective, easy-to-follow, Latin-inspired, calorie burning dance fitness class. Join other LNCs in this class as you burn calories and network. No dance experience needed. The class is instructed by Karen Huff who is a certified Zumba instructor. Space is limited so sign up now!

7:00 a.m. - 7:50 a.m.

Sponsored by Elsevier Clinical Solutions

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

Welcome/Industry Partner Introductions

8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.

Nurse Malpractice Claims and Risk Management;
David Griffiths, P&C, BS, MBA

In 2015, NSO & CNA are releasing a new claim study looking at the last 5 years of nurse malpractice claims. In addition, NSO conducted a survey to nurses with claims and without in order to gain insight into possible conditions and factors that led to an incident. During the presentation the presenter will use actual malpractice case studies as a tool to provide risk management recommendations and help nursing professionals improve patient safety and reduce risk.


9:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

Morning Break (Industry Partner Showcase)

10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. 
Concurrent Session 1A
The Case of the Wandering Wound: A Plaintiff Perspective in Litigation of the Long-Term Care Pressure Ulcer Case;
Lisa Hudson, MS, RN & Glendale Nix
This activity will be a shared speaker presentation by a trial lawyer specializing in litigation of pressure ulcer cases and a legal nurse who has testified in deposition and trial in pressure ulcer cases. Pressure Ulcer cases are complex cases involving issues of standards of care and whether wounds were unpreventable or preventable in the long term care environment. State and federal regulations are difficult to navigate in proving failures in nursing home guidelines and standards of care in light of legal challenges in admission of these guidelines to forward the case. Changing guidelines and new definitions of pressure ulcer staging is ongoing and ever changing in the new environment challenges of payment systems and sources. Practicing nurses find it hard to keep up with education and bedside delivery of care to these complex changes with dynamic changes in guidelines, definitions, and appropriate care in light of nursing shortages and staffing issues. How do you successfully consult with attorneys in preparation of these cases with all of these issues to deal with? We will discuss these issues and present a case in which a client's wound care was mismanaged due to all of these issues, leading to the filing of a case involving wrongful death of a patient.


10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Concurrent Session 1B

Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence: What is the Role of the Forensic Nurse?
Jana Parrish French, MS, BSN, RN, SANE-A

Whether responding to a victim/patient of sexual or domestic violence, the forensic nurse plays a vital role in the care of these clients. Through lecture and interactive discussion, learners will understand the historical perspectives of Forensic Nursing. Participants will be able to identify the roles and responsibilities of the Forensic Nurse in sexual assault and domestic violence examinations.


11:35 a.m. - 12:35 p.m.

Sepsis: The Medicine, Claims and Defenses
Susan Carleo, RN, CAPA, LNCC

Sepsis has reached epidemic levels, and even with appropriate interventions, sepsis has associated adverse outcomes, and medical malpractice litigation often will follow. An overview of sepsis will be presented in this session. The overview will address the risk factors for sepsis, common definitions, diagnostic criteria, progression of the disease, sepsis screening tools and treatment. The implications for the legal nurse consultant will be discussed through a case example.


12:35 p.m. - 1:50 p.m.

Lunch/Business Meeting

2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Concurrent Session 2A
Components for Confidence in Legal Nurse Consulting;
Lisa Heidrich, RN, CHP, ONC, QRP, LNC

Have you ever admired a person who speaks with energy and ease as they express their ideas and opinions? These are the LNCS who are usually recognized in business and gain the best opportunities. In this session, the presenter will assist new LNCs and seasoned LNCs with ideas, strategies and solutions to build one’s confidence that will land LNC work.


2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
 Concurrent Session 2B
Patient Advocacy/Legal Obligation;
Margaret M. Gallagher, RN MSN LNCC CLNC

Failure to rescue is strongly linked to nursing care. Specifically when nurses identify abnormal findings signifying a complication they are often the first line of intervention to prevent patient deterioration. The reasons for failure to rescue and potential solutions to this problem will be discussed in this presentation. Early recognition and timely intervention is a nursing standard of care that can prevent significant mortality and morbidity. Illustrative case examples identifying the role of the Legal Nurse Consultant will be presented.


3:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Afternoon Break (Industry Partner Showcase)

3:35 p.m. - 5:05 p.m.
Concurrent Session 3A
Risk Tsunami in Health Care;
Pauline Sanders, RN, MBA, CPHRM, LNC, CCM

This presentation will explore key risk management tools that can be incorporated into LNCs practices to reduce liability issues related to medical errors. Medical errors are a public health issues. The reporting of preventable deaths and medical misadventures will be addressed in this session as well as the most common cause of preventable medical errors.


3:35 p.m. - 5:05 p.m.
Concurrent Session 3B
Top Patient Safety Issues: What the LNC MUST Know;
Susan K. Smith, DNP, RN, CEN, CCRN

With advances in healthcare and changes in patient care, patient safety issues have been evolving. It is imperative the LNC be not only aware of current patient safety issues but be able to incorporate these issues into their business practice. Dr. Smith will discuss the current patient safety issues, how the LNC can identify current patient safety issues and how to evaluate these issues for the attorney through not only the medical records but through research as well. Finally, the presenter will discuss the role of the expert nurse testifying to patient safety issues.


5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

Reception in Industry Partner Showcase

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Registration Hours: 

  • 7:00 am - 8:00 am 



CE Credits

7:00 a.m. - 7:30 a.m.

Continental Breakfast

7:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. Evaluating Risk/Patient Safety Programs in Physician Practices with a Standardized Tool: Using Data and Trends to Focus Improvement;
Margaret Ramirez, MPA ARM CMPE

Gathering useful information as data related to risk and patient safety in physician office practice is challenging. In response to the Affordable Care Act and increased industry consolidation, the focus on understanding and managing office practice risk has increased substantially. As hospital systems acquire practices, many hospital Risk Managers may be faced with understanding risks in office practices with few resources.This presentation will describe the data and experience gained by using a standardized tool for Office Practice Assessment. Data from 30 practice sites has been analyzed to identify system-based opportunities to reduce risk and improve patient safety.


8:45 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.
Concurrent Session 4A
Writing Skills for LNCs: How to Thrill Your Client;
Patricia Iyer, MSN, RN, LNCC

Your attorney client asked you to prepare a medical summary about a plaintiff whose car was hit from behind, resulting in catastrophic back injuries. You get a pile of medical records and decipher his injuries and treatment. Now it is time to put your findings together. You want to do a great job for the attorney. After you finish your work, you wonder: Will the client be able to understand this? Is there anything I can do to improve this summary? In this session, you'll learn how to create clear, concise and correct writing and how to improve readability.


8:45 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.
Concurrent Session 4B
Items from Podiatric Case Review;
Philip J. Obiedzinski, DPM

This session will provide learners the opportunity to gain a better understanding of the medical and surgical management of clients under the care of a podiatrist. The current trends and management of clients experiencing foot and ankle problems will be discussed. Scenarios from podiatric cases will be presented to allow the Legal Nurse Consultant to review and analyze litigation podiatric cases according to the standards of care.


9:45 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

Morning Break/Passport to Prizes (Industry Partner Showcase)

10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Defining Standards of Care for Radiology Nursing;
Katherine Duncan, BA RN CRN

Radiology nursing is a fast growing and evolving practice. The resources themselves are evolving and providing the answers to the question “what was the standard of care for this case” is sometimes elusive. We will discuss examples of cases and how this question was answered. You will learn the scope of practice in the radiology nursing field, the certifications, the multiple modalities, and the future evolution of practice.


12:15 p.m. - 1:15 p.m.

Lunch/State of the Association

1:25 p.m. - 2:25 p.m.
Concurrent Session 5A
Developing and/or Critiquing the Professional CV;

The Curriculum Vita is the single most viewed document in an expert's career and it must serve as a stand-alone document in a multitude of roles. The CV can be used to reflect one's expertise, market for work, or ruin one's testimony. It all depends on how well it is developed.The LNC can utilize the information in this presentation to find the best expert, best reflect their own expertise in an effort to secure future work, or assist an attorney in discrediting a witness. We will dive into the qualifications as an expert witness in Federal Court Rule 702 and then outline each of those areas and how they can be included in one’s CV. Using a worksheet, the learners will be able to create or improve their own CV and address each area covered by the Federal Rules. We will use this same method to review another’s resume or CV in critiquing their qualifications to best determine their expertise. Attendees who have a CV should bring it the presentation!


1:25 p.m. - 2:25 p.m.
Concurrent Session 5B
Misadventures During Cardiac Procedure;
Patrick Blomberg, MD

Decisions of the heart can be difficult. There is a plethora of cardiac procedures available for clients suffering with cardiac problems. However, with each procedure there exist complications. This session will highlight the misadventures during cardiac procedures. Case examples will be used to illustrate the misadventures. The Legal Nurse Consultant attending this session will gain the knowledge to review cases pertaining to theses misadventures.


2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Concurrent Session 6A

Writing for Publication;

This is not your freshman English comp class. It’s an entertaining hour full of colorful slides, colorful language, and practical suggestions for making your professional writing clear, accurate, and appealing. You look more professional when you submit better-written work to clients or publications. Have some fun learning some ways to do it!


2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Concurrent Session 6B
From the Bottom Up: Where Does the Liability Lie for the Nurse Manager, Supervisor, and Delegating Nurse?
Karen Wilkinson, MN ARNP

This session will define delegation, supervision, and assignment of nursing care and give the legal nurse consultant a better understanding of how to evaluate if the standard of care was met or not met for a nurse manager in their supervisory responsibilities or a nurse delegating and working with unlicensed assistive personnel. Criteria for lawful and safe delegation will be reviewed as it is put forth by state boards of nursing, professional organizations, and a growing body of case law that assists nurses in making decisions about safe delegation of patient care. Supervision will be reviewed with many case examples of direct supervision and indirect supervision and how duty and standards of care are met or not met. The session will equip the legal nurse consultant with a working knowledge of what assignment of care is and where liability for patient care ends in comparison to delegation of patient care. Staffing issues, nurses floating from one unit to another unit, temporary staff or “agency staff” and how these may contribute to employer liability and corporate liability will be addressed in this session.


For a list of all Pre-Forum education and networking, click here.