AALNC Annual Forum Schedule-at-a-Glance

Participants will have the opportunity to earn more than 20 contact hours of CNE credit.

Starting on Monday, May 3, 2021, recordings of the live broadcasted sessions are available to access. Annual Forum registrants can view the on-demand recordings through their existing Pathable profile until Friday, July 2, 2021.

Please note all times are in Central Daylight Time (CDT). Please note: Once you are in the Pathable platform, session times will adjust to your individual time zone. 

Pre-Forum  Tuesday, April 13, 2021

10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Don't Just Throw Spaghetti... Make It Stick – 1.0 CE

Jennifer Parks, RN, LNCC
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This session will help registered nurses interested in pursuing and building a career in Legal Nurse Consulting turn their nursing knowledge into a career path. The information gained will help the nurse be better equipped to identify strengths and identify any lacking skills/knowledge that need to be addressed all for the purpose of creating a thriving business and move toward career goals and growth.

11:10 a.m. – 12:10 p.m.

Report Writing: How to Stand Out from Your Competitors – 1.0 CE

Kathy Ferrell, BS, RN, LNCC
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LNCs sometimes fail to understand significance of using critical thinking skills when reviewing medical records and preparing a case report for attorneys. This failure can result in loss of subcontracting opportunities, referrals, and repeat business with attorneys or LNCs.

12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Why Do We Care About Standard of Care – 1.0 CE

Lisa Mancuso BSN, RN, PCCN, CCRN, CLPC, LNCC & Karen Wilkinson MN, ARNP, LNCC, CNLCP
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This session will help the LNC better understand the standard of care, policy and procedures, and protocols and how the LNC applies this knowledge in their practice. Many case examples and practical tips will be shared to assist the LNC to build confidence in speaking to the standard of care.

Forum Day 1 – Wednesday, April 14

9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Keynote Session- Draw Your Future: A Simple Picture Will Change Everything – 1.5 CEs

Patti Dobrowolski
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The odds against you making change in your business or your life are 9 to 1. This dynamic speaker will show you how to beat those odds. Learn a simple, visual, goal-setting process that you can immediately use in your world to help yourself and your teams turn vision into reality. Patti Dobrowolski will show you how to leverage the latest neuroscience, business strategy and drawing, to train your brain to identify and stay focused to achieve key goals. Find out how you can make change more easily and you don’t even need to know how to draw.

11:15 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Breakout Session: Emergency Updates- Current Standards for Essential ER Management of PE, MI, CVA and Sepsis – 1.25 CEs

Jill Baldwin, RN, MSN, APRN
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A large portion of cases reviewed by the LNC involve ER care or care just after an ER/Urgent care visit. In this session, the LNC will learn how to accurately locate and apply appropriate standards of care for essential ER complaints such as chest pain, shortness of air, dizziness and other frequently presenting symptoms that have life threatening differential diagnoses. Quick resources such as online calculators determining risk will also be discussed.

Breakout Session: Pulmonary Embolism- Update in Prevention, Treatment and Malpractice Cases – 1.25 CEs

Emma Patterson, MD, FACS, FRCSC
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This presentation will review current literature in prevention and treatment of pulmonary embolism for the legal nurse consultant. Interesting malpractice cases will be presented and recent claims data will be reviewed.

1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Breakout Session: Evaluating Issues Associated with Nursing Practice Breakdown in Correctional Settings – 1.0 CE

Stacey Cropley, DNP, RN, LNCC
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Nursing care delivery can be challenging within the prison environment secondary to a higher proportion of prison population health needs when compared with the general population. These issues can lead to civil and criminal liability and legal action necessitating the expertise of the Legal Nurse Consultant. This session will focus on the Legal Nurse Consultant role in the evaluation of correctional nursing practice breakdown and the contributing factors that result in infringement of inmate constitutional rights to the conditions of confinement.

Breakout Session: Criminal Case Consultation- A New Path for the LNC – 1.0 CE

Teresa Devitt-Lynch, MSN, RN, AFN-BC, SANE-A
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Medical evidence is presented in criminal court cases, from sexual assault to driving under the influence, in which medical issues are relevant or central to the pursuit of justice. Such evidence often plays a pivotal role in the outcome of such cases. This educational session will highlight how legal nurse consultants can leverage their critical thinking and medical legal case analysis skills and knowledge to facilitate the effective utilization of medical evidence in the criminal courts.

Forum Day 2 – Thursday, April 15

9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

General Session: Pressure Injury and Wound Care Litigation- What You Need to Know – 1.5 CEs

Heidi Cross, BSN, MSN, RN, FNP-BC, CWON, CSWS
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Wound care and pressure injuries are a hot topic in the litigation world! This session will explore standards of wound care and necessary documentation. What constitutes an unavoidable pressure injury? Actual case studies will be presented.

11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

Breakout Session: Cannabis- Where We Have Been and Where We Are Going – 1.0 CE

Kim Beladi, RN, BSN, LNCC
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This session will provide a historical background of cannabis use and look at the economic impact, both in the US and worldwide. It will explore the regulatory history of cannabis, such as why it was listed as a Schedule I drug by the Controlled Substances Act (CSA) as well as law enforcement methods for testing for cannabis in a potential DUI. It will discuss a move by states to legalize cannabis, define medicinal use versus recreational use, and take a look at federal cannabis reform nationwide.

Breakout Session: Colleagues and Collaborators- Legal Nurse Consultants and Life Care Planners – 1.0 CE

Kelly K. Campbell, RN, BSN, CP, LNC, CLCP
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Are you interested in understanding the value of the Life Care Plan or Medical Cost Projection for your next case while simultaneously learning how to increase your expert referrals adding value to your services? Excuse the pun! You will learn some tips on vetting your Life Care Planner (LCP) subcontractors and the role of LCP in all phases of litigation. Join me to learn the difference between a Life Care Plan and Medical Cost Projection.

Breakout Session: Case Studies in Electronic Medical Record Data Manipulation – 1.0 CE

Scott Greene
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From PDFs to spreadsheets, audit trails and audit logs come in all shapes and sizes. What to know about requesting for their production and what to know about reading what is delivered will both be explored in this enlightening breakout session.

12:45 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.

Breakout Session: Putting the Forensic Nurse Expert to Work in Your LNC Practice – 1.0 CE

Jennifer Johnson, DNP, WHNP-BC, SANE-A, SANE-P, AFN-BC, DF-AFN & Valerie Sievers, MSN, RN, CNS, SANE-A, SANE-P
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Legal Nurse Consultants may have the opportunity to review criminal or civil cases resulting from interpersonal violence or other criminal acts. A forensic nurse expert with practice experience in a variety of clinical sub-specialty areas may be well positioned to assist the LNC in cases that interface with forensic health care. This session will review standardized responses to patients impacted by crimes of violence and abuse, common errors in injury identification, appropriate documentation and adverse health complications that can be experienced by patients exposed to various forms of abuse.

Breakout Session: See You in Court – 1.0 CE

Therese Naimark, RN, BSN, MSL, LNCC
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This session will discuss the plaintiff's LNC duties for trial preparation and duties while at trial, while presenting real-life examples and cases.

Forum Day 3 – Friday, April 16

9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

Annual Business Meeting: State of the Association

10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

General Session: Pharmacist Standard of Care in DEA Civil and Criminal Matters – 1.0 CE

Robert Esgro, R.Ph., Esq.
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Pharmacists are held to the same standard as physicians when dispensing controlled substances. Actions are commonly brought as criminal complaints, but the DEA can also bring civil complaints, and in some instances both types of complaints can arise.

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

General Session: The Dentist, the Car, and Dr. Death- 30 Years and Three Cases that Stay with Me Today – 1.0 CE

Sharon McQuown, MSN, RN, LNCC
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This presentation will feature three case and focus on the LNC role. The dentist case will focus on the underlying medical malpractice and the decision by the DA to criminally prosecute the case. The car case will review the mechanism of injury to the occupants and the product defect. The case of Dr. Death will review the efforts made by multiple parties to have a doctor's license suspended following an extraordinary high number of severely injured or dead patients.

12:15 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.

Breakout Session: DME's - A Necessary Evil? Yikes, I may have to testify! – 1.0 CE

Mindy Cohen, MSN, RN, LNCC & Kimm Ebersole, MHA, RN
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This session covers advanced DME topics related to IME/DME attendance, critiquing the IME/DME report, and rebuttal testimony. Concepts will be shared using examples of case testimony and mock trial.

Breakout Session: LNC Business, Liability, and Tax Considerations- How LNCs Can Protect Their Practice – 1.0 CE

Richard Bays, JD, MBA, RN, LNCC
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Have you wondered how to start a LNC business? What business structure should you choose? How can you limit your liability? What tax considerations should you be aware of? This session will help LNC’s navigate how to successfully set up their business and protect their income from adverse events. Articles of incorporation, operating agreements, sole proprietorship vs S-corps, and tax advantages will be demystified in this session.

Breakout Session: Legal Conundrums in Inflammatory Conditions of the Colon- When is an Operation Necessary? – 1.0 CE

Stephen Cohen, MD, MBA, FACS, FASCRS
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Inflammatory conditions of the colon are vast and widespread. Understanding the differences in terms of clinical presentation, diagnostic work-up, and treatment are of paramount importance in terms of navigating a medical legal claim. The speaker will outline both medical and surgical therapies for common inflammatory conditions, as well as present several recent legal cases and how they were navigated.

1:45 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.

Breakout Session: OB Safety Pitfalls- What the LNC Needs to Know – 1.0 CE

Tracy Keith, MS, BSN, RNC-OB, C-EFM
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This session will enable participants to identify evidenced-based OB safety trends, including screening, assessment, and interventions related to obstetric triage, hemorrhage, and hypertensive urgency. Implications for the LNC will be discussed using standards of care and a case review format.

Breakout Session: Perianesthesia Malpractice Issues – 1.0 CE

Jane Shufro, MS, BSN, RN, CPAN, LNCC
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This session will include an introduction to the most common perianesthesia malpractice issues in this litigation area. Many case examples will be shared with LNC practice tips.