WVUOV-AALNC Presents our Inaugural

20th Anniversary Virtual Symposium

July 23, 2021

11:00 - 17:00 ET

July 24, 2021

11:00 - 16:00 ET


Thank you to everyone who participated in this year's Symposium!

All presentations are available on demand and can be viewed here


Friday, July 23
11:00 - 12:00 EST

"Tackling Toxic Torts"
by Claire Hull, RN, CCM



1) Attendees will identify data banks within Toxnet and the NLM
2)Attendees will verbalize understanding and differentiate between databanks within Toxnet
3)Attendees will have a basic understanding of how to obtain information from each data bank within Toxnet

Friday, July 23
12:15 - 14:30 EST

"Take My Breath Away: A Nursing Malpractice Case"
by Barbara Levin and Pat Iyer

2 CEUs


Come with us to the postoperative unit to examine the facts leading up to a respiratory arrest hours after surgery. You’ll first get a glimpse into the clinical facts. Then you’ll see how the defendant nurse explains her care - or not. The defense expert witness gets grilled next.
You’ll be the jury – did the defendant nurse deviate? You decide. After discussing your conclusions, you’ll receive tips on how expert witnesses successfully withstand the rigors of the hot seat.
Note: This will include a clinical scenario, break-out sessions, and Q&A!

Friday, July 23
15:00 – 17:00 EST

"Developing 'Active Listening' Skills"
by David Benjamin, Ph.D., Sc.D. (hon), Clinical Pharmacologist & Toxicologist

2 CEUs


Testifying at trial involves not only a thorough review of the facts of the case but the ability to recognize and respond to trick questions. While you have spent decades becoming proficient in your areas of specialty, attorneys have spent years learning how to phrase questions during cross-exam designed to elicit admissions and concessions or to make you look foolish or unqualified.
This workshop is designed to teach you to develop "Active Listening" skills you can use to recognize improper or poorly formed questions and to permit you to practice responding to these questions through interactive discussions and small group demonstrations in a safe, supportive setting. You will also review the rules of evidence and civil procedure, which control discovery requests and provide for limiting and quashing abusive discovery requests and subpoenas. Attendees should bring copies of transcripts or lists of troublesome questions they have encountered previously to the workshop for evaluation, commentary, and assistance in formulating responses.

Saturday, July 24
11:00 – 12:00 EST

"Evaluation of Potential Medical Malpractice Claims: a PA-Attorney’s Perspective"
by Peter Bergé, JD, MPA, PA-C Emeritus



1) Apply definitions of standard of care and evaluate sources of the SOC for screening purposes

2) Evaluate and apply the six tort elements to potential medical malpractice claims

3) Craft cogent, relevant reports for attorney clients summarizing your findings

Saturday, July 24
13:30 – 14:30 EST

"How to Win Medicare Appeals"
by David Mullens, DPM, JD



Legal nurse consultants already have the skill set to do Medicare appeals.

This webinar explains

1) Why Medicare appeals are easy to do and how to do them,

2) Why Medicare denials are going to become more frequent and more expensive for the providers (providers and suppliers), and

3) Why and how legal nurse consultants should use Medicare appeals to completely fill in their work schedules.

Saturday, July 24
15:00 – 16:00 EST

Report Writing Workshop with Case Study Review
by Joanne Walker, BSEd, RN & Stormy Green, BSHS, RN, RNFA



Our chapter's LNC Advisor program provides the opportunity for members to learn about resources and tools for success. This workshop will be a taste of what we cover with our program Participants.

If you intend to participate in our interactive report-writing workshop, please email your contact information and clinical nursing specialty to jwalkLNC@yahoo.com after you register.
Approximately 2 - 3 weeks prior to the Symposium, attendees will be sent a mock case timeline from which to formulate a report. Workshop discussion will include the various aspects of report writing as well as effective presentation and grammar for polished professional content. There will be a bonus handout of tips and tricks sent to session participants after the Symposium.
Stormy and I look forward to working with you!

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