Turning the Hot Seat into a Chill Seat | Pat Iyer, David Cohen and Elliot Kolodny
How comfortable are you on a hot seat? Does the idea of being cross-examined thrill you or give you the shivers? The witness box is a hot seat. How well the nursing expert witness comes across can make or break the attorney’s case. Skillful answers to deposition questions display the expert’s confidence, credibility, and expertise.
Whether you are an expert, prepare witnesses to be experts, or know you never want to be an expert, you’ll gain from this session.
In this session, expert witness Pat Iyer and plaintiff attorneys David Cohen and Elliot Kolodny will dive into the strategies used during cross-examination of experts.
Pat Iyer MSN RN LNCC
Pat received her first expert witness case from Ray Fleming’s partner. She testified for 25 years as a medical surgical nursing expert witness and for 20 years as an expert fact witness. She enjoyed the report writing part of the role far more than the cross-examination segment. Pat is a past president of the American Association of Legal Nurse Consultants.
David Cohen Esq, Certified Civil Trial Attorney
David Cohen Esq is founder of the Cohen Kolodny Abuse Analytics Law Firm. Certified by the Supreme Court of New Jersey as a Civil Trial Attorney, David has decades of legal advocacy and litigation representing catastrophically injured nursing home residents.
He is the past national chair of the National Nursing Home Litigation Group of the American Association for Justice. Also, David is the past national chair of the American Association for Justice – Sections and Litigation Groups Coordination Committee.
David Cohen and Pat Iyer presented at several state level programs for trial attorneys. David has chaired over 35 national and state level seminars for attorneys on nursing home litigation. David operates a live and virtual law practice.
Elliot Kolodny Esq.
Elliot Kolodny is an experienced plaintiffs’ personal injury attorney with demonstrated expertise in nursing home, medical malpractice, auto, premises liability, products liability, pharmaceutical, complex commercial litigation, insurance coverage and bad faith, securities, environmental, employment, municipal, and consumer fraud claims. He tried numerous cases throughout Pennsylvania, including Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Lehigh, Lackawanna, Luzerne, Montgomery and Philadelphia Counties, as well as Federal Courts in PA and NJ. Elliot has handled appeals in Superior and Commonwealth Courts of PA and U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.
He is a partner in Cohen and Kolodny and practices in New Jersey and Pennsylvania.
Charles Cullen RN: Tracing the Nurse Killer’s Steps | Pat Iyer and Dr. Kathleen Ashton
You’ve got dead patients and a confessed killer. What does it take to determine which patients Charles Cullen RN killed? The subject of the book The Good Nurse, serial killer Charles Cullen worked in New Jersey and Pennsylvania as a critical care nurse. Patients began dying, in larger numbers and more mysterious circumstances than ever before. Nurses became suspicious and eventually, Charles was caught.
In this session, you will hear from two nurses involved in this case. Pat Iyer worked with one of the prosecutors to investigate deaths and will share how she went about linking Charles with deaths.
Kathleen Ashton worked with plaintiff attorneys interested in working on a series of related cases involving the injury or death of patients who had all been cared for Charles Cullen. Thus began her involvement with the patients who had been under the care of one of the most notorious nurse serial killers in New Jersey history.
Pat Iyer MSN RN LNCC
Pat founded Med League Support Services, an independent legal nurse consulting business in Flemington, NJ. At the time of her involvement with the Charles Cullen case, she provided services to attorneys for criminal, personal injury, medical and nursing malpractice, toxic tort, product liability, and workers compensation cases. Pat sold Med League in 2015 and returned to legal nurse consulting in 2021.
Dr. Kathleen Ashton
Dr. Ashton is a Professor Emerita at Rutgers University School of Nursing in Camden, NJ where she taught and conducted funded research on women and heart disease. She practices in an Intermediate Cardiac Care Unit at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia. As a legal nurse consultant, she has served as an expert witness reviewing legal cases for plaintiff and defense firms for over twenty-seven years. Currently, she serves on the boards of several community and professional organizations. Her work has been published in leading professional journals and she is a co-editor of the 4th edition of Nursing Malpractice with Pat Iyer, Barbara Levin and Victoria Powell.
A Legal Nurse’s Role with the Board of Nursing | Joe Flores RN Esq NP and Barbara Levin
Barbara Levin BSN RN ONC CMSRN LNCC is a medical surgical expert witness who has testified in cases involving orthopaedic trauma. She is the Clinical Scholar of the orthopaedic trauma unit at Massachusetts General Hospital. Barbara served as the Chair of the Massachusetts Board of Registered Nurses and was the President of the AALNC. Barbara has been published on many orthopaedic and legal nursing topics and has collaborated with Pat Iyer on several publications.
Joe Flores RN Esq. NP is a former legal nurse consultant who practices in Texas. He has practiced in several areas of the law, including criminal, personal injury, traumatic brain injury cases, whistleblower law, and the defense in cases where nursing and the law overlap. While Joe earned his BSN, he started reviewing medical records for attorneys. His expert witness work helped fund his nurse practitioner program and law school. Joe serves in a dual role now: trial attorney and nurse practitioner.
6 Steps to Mastering Your Magnetic Message | Janelle Anderson
In this dynamic presentation, you will discover
● six strategies to become crystal clear about your specific niche and ideal client and how to know without a doubt what they need and want.
● how to craft a magnetic message (aka elevator pitch) that speaks directly to the needs of your people and how to leverage the power of storytelling in your messaging so you can connect powerfully with the people you are meant to serve.
As a result of mastering these six steps, you’ll soon find that you are attracting a steady stream of clients eager to work with you. Your people are looking for you! Help them find you by mastering your niche and pitch!
Janelle is known as the “Confidence Guru” for women and is a speaking/storytelling mentor for coaches, authors, and experts. She helps her clients develop a clear, powerful core message, captivating signature talks, and bold confidence in speaking so they can attract more clients and monetize their message. She is the owner and founder of Emerging Life Coaching, where she has been serving her clients for over 8 years. She received her coaching certification in 2015 and holds her PCC credentials with the International Coach Federation. Janelle is a 5-time bestselling author. Her book, Take Center Stage: Be the Star of Your Own Story, released in January 2022.
Presenting the Burn Case in a Powerful Way | Samuel Davis Esq and Nancy Stuck
Carlos Gomez walked into the electrical closet and unwittingly set off an explosion that resulted in catastrophic burns.
According to the American Burn Association (ABA) over 400,000 people seek care for burn injuries each year. The injuries and treatment go beyond the physical healing of the patient. Emotional and psychological impacts can be permanently disabling.
In this session, you’ll discover
● How an experienced plaintiff attorney with a passion for representing burned clients marshaled the evidence to create a compelling story
● Principles of the use of the visual evidence in presenting a case
● How an expert fact witness/Rule 1006 nursing expert added a huge value to this case
● The attorney must use visual evidence principles to make the points crucial to proving the case.
● Powerful demonstrative evidence.
● Discover the attorney’s perspective in handling the complexities of a severely burned plaintiff.
The LNC role, as a fact witness in burn cases, has multiple levels. Like a foreign language interpreter, Expert Fact Witness Nancy Stuck translated the records from “medicalese” to a language both the attorney client and a jury would understand. “Translating” the chart tells the story of the patient and explain in detail what he endured; from over 170 procedures to struggles he faced at home with his new reality.
Samuel Davis Esq
Sam is admitted to the New Jersey Bar, The District of Columbia Bar, The Federal Bar, and United States Supreme Court Bar. Sam Davis has also been certified by the Supreme Court of the State of New Jersey as a Certified Civil Trial Attorney. As the original founding partner of Davis, Saperstein & Salomon, P.C., Sam Davis has represented thousands of clients who have suffered personal injuries.
Sam demonstrated his special commitment to burn victims by establishing and funding burn camps for children.
Nancy Stuck MSN RN
Nancy has over 33 years as an RN in a level 1 adult trauma/burn ER, neurovascular, and cardiovascular emergency medicine, flight nursing, adult ICU and neonatal ICU. She also works prn as a nurse on the rapid response team. She obtained her Master of Science in Nursing Education and has been an educator in both the clinical and academic settings. She has spoken at national conferences including the National Air Medical Transport Conference and the National Medical Transport Leadership Institute Conference. She obtained her CLNC in 2014 and has worked for both plaintiff and defense on med-mal, personal injury, and criminal defense cases.
Nancy is a member of LNC Elite, a coaching program led by Pat Iyer.
Deciphering a Nursing Home Record | Gina D’Angelo
The long-term care medical record contains unique forms.
• Identify what you suggest the attorney request as part of the discovery process with a nursing home record review.
• Get insights into how each key document type aids in properly framing a case while illuminating areas of exposure or breaches to the standard of care.
• Discover the federal OBRA Regulations that guide documentation standards in the nursing home environment.
• Gain the confidence to serve your attorney clients as a consulting or testifying expert by learning tips and tricks to dissect often voluminous records using a methodical streamlined approach.
Gina D’Angelo DNS-CT, MBA, BSN RN, NHA, RAC-DT, QCP
Gina is an expert in skilled nursing, post-acute, senior living, and a dementia nurse consultant. She is president of GD Solutions LLC with several years of bedside and leadership in the military, hospital, community and long-term care/senior living settings. She served in interim positions as an executive director, administrator, director of nursing, chief of clinical operations and MDS coordinator.
Through the American Association of Post-Acute Care Nursing, Gina earned three certifications as a Resident Assessment Coordinator Certified, Director of Nursing Services Certified and Quality Assurance Process Improvement Certified Professional.
Creating Abundant Referrals for LNCs | Tiffanie Kellog
Growing your business by referral is not easy, but it can be SIMPLE if you know the 5 Steps to Referral Success!
During this program, Tiffanie Kellog will share a simple, easy-to-implement system which includes:
● Who can be passing you MORE referrals?
● What you can do right now to make it easier for people to pass you referrals
● How to develop stronger relationships with the people in your network, inspiring them to send more business your way
● The best, most effective techniques for requesting referrals
Join us for the answers to these questions and more during Creating Abundant Referrals for LNCs.
Tiffanie Kellog entered the entrepreneurial world in 2003 and since then has enjoyed being able to help her clients MAKE MONEY, SAVE TIME, and have FUN!
Whether sharing her expertise (with her southern accent) on referral marketing, networking or maximizing your time, Tiffanie will knock the socks off the audience with her fun and entertaining presentations while leaving them with eTiffanies (epiphanies from Tiffanie) to help create RESULTS in their world.
Tiffanie shares, “My goal is to help people achieve their dreams by giving them the tools needed to make more money in less time so they can have more fun!”
Power Hour with LNCs | Tim Kane, Valerie Lane, Kris Mew
The ABCS of DMEs
The ABCs of Building a Business
The ABCs of Plastic Surgery Complications
In 15-minute rounds, you’ll meet 3 LNCs with unique experiences.
The ABCS of DMEs
What are the differences in how LNCs help with various types of defense medical examinations? Do you know the peculiarities of neurological exams, orthopaedic exams, or neuropsychological exams? All DMEs are not created equal.
Tim will share marketing tips that helped him grow his business.
Tim Kane has 11 years of LNC experience. His main full-time income is generated from Defense Medical Exam observation. He attends DMES with clients of personal injury firms. In 2022, he surpassed attending 1000 DMEs.
The ABC's of Building a Business
Valerie Lane, a successful legal nurse consultant, discusses how she used her corporate risk experience to move her business forward. She will empower you to be confident of your skills and gain legal nurse opportunities.
Valerie Lane BSN RN, a nurse of 28 years, enjoys a diverse clinical background, including 10 years as a corporate LNC. As an entrepreneur, her critical thinking skills, education, and healthcare delivery processes information are invaluable to her attorney clients. She also enjoys public speaking and being a guest on LNC podcasts.
Valerie is a member of LNC Elite, Pat Iyer’s coaching program.
The ABCs of Plastic Surgery Complications
• The patient calls the surgeon, crying, “My breasts are different sizes! What did you do to me?”
• The teenager says, “My nose is not what I expected it’d look like. Can I get a redo?”
• The man says, “I see green fluid seeping out of my dressing on my arm. Is that normal?”
In this session, Plastic Surgery Nurse and LNC Kris Mew will help you define the normal from the unexpected after plastic surgery.
Kristina also known as “Kris”, has over 24 years of experience as an RN in multiple specialties. She currently works on-call as a plastic surgery nurse. With experience working for both defense attorneys on med-mal, personal injury and product liability cases, she has recently helped plaintiff attorneys as an expert fact witness and personal injury cases.
Kris is a member of LNC Elite, Pat Iyer’s coaching program.
How to Win More Clients Darin Adams
You know your LNC business like no one else. The problem is that it’s not enough to just be good at what you do. When a business fails, it’s often because it wasn’t organized to run or grow efficiently. Thanks to new technology, you can concentrate on your strengths and let new tools help you get organized and take care of the steps that will make you successful.
● How can you do better at “speed to lead”? Getting the new contact in your business system in record time allows you to follow up with them better.
● Make it easy for your customer to contact you and schedule time with you. If it’s as easy as clicking on a button, it will happen more often.
● Stay in touch and you’ll be “top of mind”. If you are providing a real solution, your audience wants to hear from you more often.
The best part is that, while marketing and sales can be overwhelming, tools are available that make it easier than ever before. It now can happen in seconds, not days. Darin shares tips to accomplish these goals in this fast-paced session.
Darin Adams is an award-winning marketing expert who has coached thousands of businesses how to build connections with their audiences. All success starts with relationships; he has taught people all around the world how to build those relationships through automation. Now he’s here to show you how you can get organized, get customers, and get paid.
How to Overcome the Challenges of Legal Nurse Consulting | Christine Dorman, Patty Hedrick, Irene Nobles
In this lively panel discussion, we’ll pull back the curtain on the triumphs and challenges of legal nurse consulting. Our LNC Elite members will share their candid answers to Pat’s questions. Get YOUR questions answered in this session.
Christine Dorman is the owner and lead nurse consultant for Vantage Point Legal Nurse Consulting (VPLNC). She has been a nurse for over 30 years. She earned her MSN with certification specialty as an ACNP (Acute Care Nurse Practitioner) from Barry University in 2005, and most recently obtained her DNP (Doctor of Nursing Practice) in Health Systems Executive Leadership from University of Pittsburgh in 2021. She has an extensive nursing background in med-surg, telemetry, pulmonary, trauma, adult critical care, and advanced nursing practice.
Patty Hedrick is the CEO and Founder of Med-Legal Healthcare Consultants, Inc, a healthcare consulting company providing care/case management and legal nurse consulting services. Ms. Hedrick is a testifying expert with dual certifications in life care planning and additional advanced certifications. An avid learner, you will never catch her not taking a seminar, reading a book, or learning something new. Patty enjoys traveling and has traveled internationally as a nurse consultant, speaker, and author.
Irene Nobles is a Master’s prepared Nurse Executive with over three decades of healthcare experience, having expertise in Clinical Risk/Regulatory Compliance, both in LTC and physical rehab. Irene began her healthcare career in 1988, where she worked as a psychiatric technician caring for chronic, mentally ill and criminally insane patients. After completing her nursing degree, she transitioned into chemical dependency & addiction rehab. Irene later obtained her license as a Healthcare Risk Manager. Her passion for quality care and patient advocacy, led her to the field of Legal Nurse Consulting where she serves as a testifying expert for plaintiff and defense.