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LN 430 – Theory and Practice III


This third CE course continues in the study of practice and case analysis for legal nurse consulting. The focus is on the responsibilities of the legal nurse consulting related to case consulting, the role of the legal nurse in expert testimony, and the role of the legal nurse in trial and in mediation/arbitration. Legal issues of practice as well as ethics are examined. Students also study practice setting, building and marketing strategies. This course brings all of the knowledge, skill attainment, and theories together in preparation for the fourth case, which focuses on case analysis and report/consulting writing. Preparation for expert testimony is also examined. Course Code: LN 430. Contact hours of continuing education = 45.

Pre-requisite: you must have successfully completed LN 400: Legal Nurse Consulting Theory & Practice I, and LN 420: Legal Nurse Consulting Theory & Practice II, before enrolling into this continuing education course.

This course is particularly designed for those who would like to apply for Certification as a “Certified Specialist by the American College of Legal Nurse Consulting.

Instructor/Course Author:  Dominick L. Flarey, Ph.D, MBA, RN,BC, CNAA, LNC-CSp., FACHE

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TIME FRAME: You are allotted two years from the date of enrollment, to complete all of the courses in this continuing education program. There are no set time-frames per course, other than the two year allotted time. If you do not complete the courses within the two-year time-frame, you will be removed from the course and an “incomplete” will be recorded for you in our records. Also, if you would like to complete the courses after this two-year expiration time, you would need to register and pay the course tuition fee again.

TEXTBOOK: There is one (1) textbooks for the course:

This course of study requires the use of a text book. The text for the course is: “Legal Nurse Consulting: Principles and Practice.” You are required to purchase this text on your own.

Legal Nurse Consulting: Principles and Practice Second Edition. Patricia W. Iyer, MSN, RN, LNCC. Bocca Raton:CRC Press; 2002. ISBN-10: 0849314186, ISBN-13: 978-0849314186

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GRADING: You must achieve a passing score of at least 70% to complete this course and receive the 30 hours of awarded continuing education credit. There are no letter grades assigned. You will receive notice of your total % score. Those who score below the minimum of 70% will be contacted by the American College of Legal Nurse Consulting and options for completing additional course work to achieve a passing score, will be presented.

BOARD APPROVALS: AIHCP is an approved provider of continuing education by the Florida Board of Nursing and the District of Columbia Board of Nursing. CE Provider # 50-11975. Access information

The American Institute of Health Care Professionals (The Provider) is approved by the California Board of Registered Nurses, Provider number # CEP 15595 for 45 Contact Hours.

This course, which is approved by the Florida State Board Of Nursing (CE Provider # 50-11975) also has the following Board of Nursing Approvals, for 45 contact hours of CE

The American Institute of Health Care Professionals Inc: is a Rule Approved Provider of Continuing Education by the Arkansas Board of Nursing. CE Provider # 50-11975.
The American Institute of Health Care Professionals Inc: is a Rule Approved Provider of Continuing Education by the Georgia Board of Nursing. CE Provider # 50-11975.
The American Institute of Health Care Professionals Inc: is a Rule Approved Provider of Continuing Education by the South Carolina Board of Nursing. CE Provider # 50-11975.
The American Institute of Health Care Professionals Inc: is a Rule Approved Provider of Continuing Education by the West Virginia Board of Examiners for Professional Registered Nurses. CE Provider # 50-11975.
The American Institute of Health Care Professionals Inc: is a Rule Approved Provider of Continuing Education by the New Mexico Board of Nursing. CE Provider # 50-11975.

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* Examination Access: there is link to take you right to the online examination program where you can print out your examination and work with it. All examinations are formatted as “open book” tests. When you are ready, you can access the exam program at anytime and click in your responses to the questions. Full information is provided in the online classrooms.

Student Resource Center: there is a link for access to a web page “Student Resource Center.” The Resource Center provides for easy access to all of our policies/procedures and additional information regarding applying for certification. We also have many links to many outside reference sites, such as online libraries that you may freely access.

* Online Evaluation: there is a link in the classroom where you may access the course evaluation. All students completing a course, must, without exception, complete the course evaluation.

* Faculty Access Information: you will have access to your instructor’s online resume/biography, as well as your instructor’s specific contact information.

* Additional Learning Materials: some faculty have prepared additional “readings” and /or brief lecture notes to enhance your experience. All of these are available in the online classrooms.




1. Identify the four principles of clear, professional legal writing
2. Provide clients with a more valuable work product
3. Discuss the major legal and ethical issues related to working with medical records
4. Identify and discuss the major key points to be assessed in the complete review of a medical record
5. Identify issues related to altered records and the ways legal nurse consultants can identify altered records
6. Discuss the types of medical record summaries performed by legal nurse consultants
7. Identify common pitfalls in medical record analysis
8. Review and discuss analysis of actual medical records case summaries
9. Discuss resources available for medical and legal literature researches
10. Define the process for legal nurse consulting report preparation.
11. Discuss the role of the expert witness in medically related civil litigations
12. Differentiate the types of expert witnesses
13. Identify issues related to qualifications of expert witnesses
14. Provide an effective approach to locating appropriate expert witnesses
15. Review key legal decisions affecting expert witnesses and testimony
16. Identify and discuss the steps for record review and analysis by liability expert witnesses
17. Understand the liability nurse expert’s role in deposition and trial
18. Discuss the role and purpose of an expert fact witness
19. Discuss organization and presentation of medical records to a jury
20. Identify the steps in preparing to testify as an expert fact witness
21. Define and discuss the role of the life care planning expert in trial
22. Assist in preparing the life care planner for deposition and trial testimony
23. Discuss the elements and responsibilities of contracting with attorney’s and serving as an expert witness
24. Identify key marketing techniques for legal nurse consulting practice
25. Define and discuss alternative dispute resolution
26. Identify the steps in a mediation process
27. Discuss the role of the legal nurse consultant in dispute resolution
28. Describe the role of the legal nurse consultant in the preparation and presentation of demonstrative evidence
29. Explain the differences for admissible and inadmissible medical records
30. List and discuss several examples of demonstrative evidence
31. Discuss the roles and responsibilities of the legal nurse consultant in trial preparations
32. Discuss key issues related to legal nurse consultant practice from a business perspective
33. Identify several successful marketing approaches for legal nurse consultants
34. Review and discuss the most common business practices from an ethical standpoint


Responsibilities of the Legal Nurse Consultant

1). Legal Writing.
2). Medical Record Analysis.
3). Literature Research.
4). Report Preparation.
5). Locating and Working with Expert Witnesses.

The Legal Nurse Consultant as Expert Witness

1). The Liability Nurse Expert Witness.
2). The Expert Fact Witness.
3). The Life Care Planning Expert.
4). Business Principles for the Nurse Expert Witness.

Mediation, Settlement & Trial
1). Alternative Dispute Resolution.
2). Preparation of Technical Demonstrative Evidence.
3). Trial Preparation.
4). The Trial Process.

Business Principles
1). Starting a Business.
2). Successful Marketing for the LNC.
3). Growing a Business.
4). Business Practices and Ethics.