Legal Nurse Consulting, Principles and Practice has been the authoritative text for the profession since it was first published in 1998. Used in LNC programs across the country, it has introduced RNs to the foundations and practice areas of legal nurse consulting. As the profession has advanced over the last decade, so too has the information included in this book. Now in its third edition, this highly regarded reference boasts t only two new editors, but a completely different format. Split into two volumes, one is geared specifically to students and the other is aimed at active professionals. Legal Nurse Consulting Principles provides content for use in core courses and adds new and expanded information on computerized medical records, discovery and disclosure, legal and literature research, rehabilitation, product liability, complex litigation, and forensic cases. It includes an acronym section and also provides ample ancillary material to reinforce learning and enhance instruction. Legal Nurse Consulting Practices reorganizes content from the second edition and expands and adds information on working in forensics and within administrative healthcare law, dealing with Medicare, creating a life care plan, the legal aspects of advanced practice nursing, pediatrics, and neonatal care. The book also describes the competencies and necessary background needed for certification and provides advice on how to advance within the profession.
Senior Editors Ann M. Peterson, EdD, MSN, RN, CS, LNCC, president of Ann M. Peterson & Associates, received a diploma in nursing from Boston City Hospital School of Nursing, a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, a Master of Science in Nursing, and a Doctorate in Higher Education Administration. Dr. Peterson is an experienced legal nurse consultant working with both defense and plaintiff attorneys on medical malpractice, nursing negligence, personal injury, and criminal cases. She has a background in health care administration and advanced clinical practice, has held an academic appointment as an assistant professor at the graduate level, and has multiple publications to her credit. She is a current member of AALNC and the past president of the Rhode Island chapter of AALNC. She has also served on the Massachusetts Nurses Association (MNA) Congress on Nursing Practice and the Blue Ribbon Commission on Health Policy and Legislation, and is a panel member of the Massachusetts Medical Malpractice Tribunal. Lynda Kopishke, MSN, RN, LNCC received her diploma in Nursing from St. Francis Hospital School of Nursing in Wilmington, Delaware. After many years of successful practice, Ms Kopishke returned to Wilmington University, where she obtained a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Science in Nursing. She became certified as a legal nurse consultant in 2000. She served on the Board of Directors of the American Association of Legal Nurse Consulting at both the local and the national level. She is past editor of the Journal of Legal Nurse Consulting, a reviewer for the second edition of Principles and Practices, and a published author and national speaker on topics associated with nursing and legal nurse consulting. She operates an independent consulting business, Forensic Matters. Ms Kopishke has been admitted at trial in several states and at the federal level as an expert witness in standards of nursing care as well as in life care planning. She is a nurse educator, researcher, and strong advocate for nursing practice. Associate Editors Teddylen A. Guffey, MHSA, BSN, RN, LNCC, has worked clinically in both nursing and health care administration for 15 years before entering the field of legal nurse consulting. In the years since, Ms Guffey has worked as an independent legal nurse consultant (LNC) and as a professional staff member of the law firm team, assisting in the provision of medical malpractice representation and litigation services. In addition to having her Master's Degree in Health Services Administration, Ms Guffey has authored numerous articles on various topics ranging from health care rationing to the business realities of the LNC's role within the field of Law. She served 5 years on the board of the Phoenix Chapter of the American Association of Legal Nurse Consultants as president, vice president, past president, and program chair and has given numerous presentations locally and nationally concerning risk and medical malpractice management within the health care field. Currently, Ms Guffey is the principal of Guffey & Associates, PC, a law firm specializing in providing business, legal, and risk management services to physicians. She continues to work in the field of legal nurse consulting, risk management, and medical--legal business consulting. Marilyn R. Mason, RN, LNCC has practiced as a legal nurse consultant since 1986. She has worked in both plaintiff and defense litigation, holding positions within law firms as well as practicing in an independent consulting capacity. Her clinical experience includes emergency room, psychiatric, medical--surgical, and administrative nursing. Ms Mason is currently employed at Winer & McKenna, working in the areas of personal injury, medical malpractice, products liability, and employment law. She received her nursing diploma from Barnes Hospital School of Nursing in St. Louis and her bachelor's degree in health administration from St. Mary's College in Moraga, California. She is a