LNC Jumpstart

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LNC Jumpstart Virtual Workshop 

About the Event

Friday, September 11, 2020 | 11:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. CT

This half-day virtual event will provide a mixture of LNC clinical, practice, and business education as well as mentoring to start or grow your beginning LNC career. This interactive workshop is built to not just provide you with business and marketing tips, but to also help you build a strong LNC foundation on which to apply the nursing process to your LNC practice.

The workshop will be structured with LNC faculty to provide educational content on subjects including:

  • Becoming and building a LNC career from the in-house LNC and independent LNC perspective,
  • How to attend and function at independent medical examinations (IMEs) and defense medical examinations (DMEs),
  • How to evaluate and apply standard of care to specific high litigation areas such as skilled nursing facilities, nursing homes, and care of patients receiving opioids.

There will be a multitude of opportunities to meet and interact in experiential learning with faculty, experienced LNCs, and new LNC peers.

Additionally, participants will receive 5.33 CNE provided by AALNC, a distinguished provider of ANCC accredited continuing professional development.

This highly-anticipated virtual event comes with exclusive benefits that you won't find anywhere else, including:

  • $25 discount off one of several selected AALNC educational products
  • A follow-up networking event
  • A jumpstart into future education opportunities

If you have any questions about the LNC Jumpstart, please contact us at info@aalnc.org 

Registration Information

Early Bird Registration Rate (on or before August 25, 2020)

  • AALNC Member: $150
  • Non-Member: $290

Standard Registration Rate (after August 25, 2020)

  • AALNC Member: $180
  • Non-Member: $320

Please note that this event is exclusive to AALNC members; the non-member registration option includes enrollment in AALNC membership from the date of purchase through December 31, 2020.

No refunds will be issued for cancellations made after August 3, 2020.

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Education Schedule

Below is the schedule of events for the LNC Jumpstart. This schedule is subject to change.

Contact Hour (CNE) Information

Participants will receive 5.33 CNE provided by AALNC, a distinguished provider of ANCC accredited continuing professional development. 

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

LNC Practice Beyond Book Knowledge: Sharing our Experience

Marjorie Pugatch, BSN, MA, RN, LNCC
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Lisa Mancuso_square.jpgMarjorie Berg Pugatch_square.jpgThis session will share decades of LNC experience from the perspective of an in-house LNC and an independent/expert witness LNC on how to build a successful LNC career.

Topics discussed will include entrepreneurship, who employs LNCs, getting started in business, finding and identifying your market, marketing strategies and tips, and cultivating your LNC career or business. Speakers will share examples and tips from their years of combined experience in their very different LNC roles.

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

DMEs: A Necessary Evil?

Mindy Cohen, MSN, RN, LNCC
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Mindy Cohen_square.jpgAttending medical examinations is a primary service that legal nurse consultants can provide to their attorney clients. This session will provide a higher level understanding of the IME/DME process from nurse and client preparation, attendance at the exam, and post report responsibilities.

This session will cover the foundations of LNC attendance at Independent Medical Examinations/Defense Medical Exams from rationale for same, expectations for nurse observance and client participation, the exam, and rebuttal reports and testimony.

1:00 p.m. – 1:50 p.m.

Breakout Sessions

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Join our session speakers for insightful, engaging conversation on the topics discussed.

1:50 p.m. – 1:55 p.m.

Q&A and Wrap-up

1:55 p.m. – 2:25 p.m.


2:25 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Using the CMS Interpretive Guidelines to Review a Nursing Home Case: The Key to Supporting or Defending Nursing Home Allegations

Elizabeth Murray, BSN, RN, LNCC
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Elizabeth Murray_square.jpgTo succeed in LTC/SNF litigation, a legal nurse must know how to use the CMS Interpretive Guidelines to pursue or defend a Nursing Home case.

As the baby boomers’ age and life expectancy rises, the population of adults residing in a nursing home also increases. The review of an LTC/SNF (Long-Term Care/Skilled Nursing Facility) case requires a skill set that is different from other medical malpractice reviews. A legal nurse reviewing an LTC/SNF case must be familiar with the ever-changing regulatory landscape unique to Nursing Home litigation. One of the keys to a strong analysis of a plaintiff or defense LTC/SNF case is the use of CMS Interpretive Guidelines.

This session will help a legal nurse understand the necessary references and guidelines for review of a nursing home case, as well as learn a systematic method for a case review. Not only will this session teach the basics of LTC/SNF review, but it will also delve into how to use the CMS Interpretive Guidelines to support or defend allegations in nursing home litigation.

3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Standards of Care for Opioid Prescribing

Pamela Stitzlein Davies, MS, ARNP, RN-BC, FAANP
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Davies-Pamela_Headshot_square.jpgOpioid therapy may be appropriate for management of chronic pain, but imprudent prescribing has contributed to overdose deaths. Standards of care will be discussed.

Chronic opioid therapy (COT) can be an appropriate component of multimodal therapy for management of chronic non-cancer pain (CNCP) in carefully selected patients. Unfortunately, imprudent opioid prescribing patterns, patient misuse, and dangerous drug combinations have contributed to the current US crisis of overdose deaths. In response to this crisis, the standards of care for prescribing opioids have evolved with significant changes in the last 5 years. These shifts create challenges for the consultant evaluating medical records for competence of care.

This session will review evidence-based selection criteria, patient screening tools, and ongoing monitoring when prescribing opioids for pain in the outpatient setting. The role of COT for management of CNCP will be described, along with an overview of the current opioid overdose crisis. “Red flags” that are concerning for opioid misuse and abuse, dangerous drug interactions, and suitable clinical responses will be addressed. Also provided are practical tips for the expert consultant reviewing a case involving opioid prescribing.

4:30 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.

Breakout Sessions

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Join our session speakers for insightful, engaging conversation on the topics discussed.

5:15 p.m. – 5:25 p.m.

Q&A and Wrap-up

5:25 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Evaluations and Closing

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If you are not currently an AALNC member or do not have a guest account, you can create your AALNC guest account by clicking here. You will then be able to come back and register. Please follow this link for registration.

If you have any questions or issues with registering, please contact us at info@aalnc.org