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Georgia J. Persky, RN, MBA, PhD, CLNC
Legal Nurse Consultant and Healthcare Executive
Harrison New York USA
phone: 914-552-2277
fax: 914-921-6467
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Georgia Persky Legal Nurse Consultant Expert PhotoGeorgia J. Persky RN, MBA, PhD, CLNC, is a Columbia University trained nurse researcher with over 40 years of broad Clinical Nursing experience and 25 years of senior leadership in healthcare organizations. She has 20 years of Surgical Nursing and Operating Room experience. Dr. Persky has expertise in the micro issues in adult patient care and the broad management, quality, and regulatory issues in hospitals.

Background Experience - Dr. Persky served as Vice-President of Nursing and Patient Care Services for New York Presbyterian Hospital at Columbia University Medical Center. For nine years, she was responsible for Patient Care Services, Risk and Quality Management and Patient Satisfaction for a 750 bed academic hospital. She directed a $200 million budget with 33 patient services units and Care Management, Respiratory Therapy, Social Work and Admitting Departments with 9 direct reports and 2,000 patient services FTEs.

Litigation Support - As a Certified Legal Nurse Consultant and Quality Reviewer, Dr. Persky has investigated hundreds of Malpractice and Injury cases as a quality reviewer and can assist in legal case review with chronologies, timelines, and evidence based reports. She has testifying experience with human resource and employee discrimination cases with ability to attest to standards of care in clinical litigation. Dr. Persky's services are available to attorneys for plaintiff and defense seeking an expert in nursing and patient care with a strong understanding of how hospitals work.

Areas of Expertise:
  • Nursing Standards of Care
  • Surgical and Perioperative Nursing
  • Quality and Risk Management
  • Fall and Pressure Ulcer Prevention
  • Medical Device Safety
  • HIPPA
  • Hospital Policy and Procedure
  • Medication Safety
  • Nursing Informatics
  • Hospital Administration
  • State, Federal, Joint Commission Regulatory Compliance
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    Acute Care In-Patient Setting
    Paticia J. Bartzak, DNP, RN, CMSRN
    20 Wellesley Avenue
    Natick MA 01760
    USA
    phone: 508-250-4300
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    Dr. Patricia J. Bartzak, DNP, RN, CMSRN, is a highly educated Bedside Registered Nurse with an active practice in a level one trauma center for a leading academic medical center in the northeast. Dr. Bartzak has more than 14 years of bedside experience with multiple nursing certifications including trauma and burn care, as well as cardiac and advanced cardiac life support. In addition to her current role, Dr. Bartzak has practice experience with cardiac, stable ventilator and geriatric-psychiatry patients.

    Dr. Bartzak has a program of research with the veteran population in the area of post-traumatic stress disorder. She is a column editor for a peer-reviewed nursing journal and frequently submits and has been published in MedSurg Matters, the journal of the Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses. Dr. Bartzak is well-versed in research protocols, and remains current on a number of research trials. Dr. Bartzak maintains CITI certification and is a voting member of an Institutional Review Board (IRB).

    Dr. Bartzak was selected as one of 39 registered nurses in the country to rewrite the Scope & Standards of Nursing (ANA, 2015). In addition to this contribution, she was the lead author in the Scope & Standards inaugural article published in American Nurse Today (July, 2015).

    Dr. Bartzak views nursing as a way of life. She teaches nursing at all levels of educational preparation: associates, bachelors, masters and doctoral levels. Dr. Bartzak is a fierce advocate for her students, while also ensuring that nursing standards are met.

    Dr. Bartzak has expert witness experience, and is know for her meticulous medical record review, footnoted and referenced information to supplement her own knowledge and experience to bring critical information and insight to a case.

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    Electronic documents provided by Attorney Sample were reviewed to develop a nursing expert opinion. The documents reviewed included the Operating Room Report, Post-Anesthesia Care Unit records, Neurology Notes, Medical Progress Reports, Nursing Notes and Care Plans, Respiratory Flowsheets, Laboratory Results, Vital Sign and Infusion Flow Sheets and Written Orders.

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    Kirsten Turkington, DNP, APRN, FNP-C, CEN, CNLCP, AFN-BC
    Nurse Practitioner, Certified Nurse Life Care Planner
    PO Box 25626
    Scottsdale AZ 85255
    USA
    phone: 877-677-7744
    fax: 877-677-7744
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    Kirsten Turkington, DNP, MSN, APRN, FNP-C, CEN, CNLCP, AFN-BC is a highly experienced, board certified Family Nurse Practitioner, licensed to practice since 1998. Dr. Turkington received a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree in 2014, a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) in 1998, and dual Bachelor degrees (BS -- Psychology & BSN -- Nursing) in 1994. She is the owner, operator of North Scottsdale Health, PLLC.

    Dr. Turkington is a Board Certified Family Nurse Practitioner and Forensic Medical Expert. She has over 20 years of active clinical experiences as a Registered Professional Nurse and Advanced Practice Registered Nurse and is one of less than 50 board certified Advanced Forensic Nurses internationally. Dr. Turkington's clinical background encompasses adult, adolescent, pediatric, and geriatric cases across Family Medicine, Emergency Medicine, Critical Care, Neurosurgery and Hospice.

    Litigation Support - Dr. Turkington has consulted in over 50 medical malpractice, clinical, and professional negligence and criminal cases. She works for both plaintiff and defense clients in each area. Dr. Turkington provides expert testimony at trials, depositions, arbitrations, mediations and hearings. She is an experienced educator and practicing clinician able to confidently simplify complex medical scenarios for understanding. Her litigation support services include:
    • Medical Record Review
    • Standards of Care / Negligence
    • Life Care Planning (Certified)
    • Healthcare Cost Estimates
    • Client and Staff Education
    • Federal Written Reports
  • Record Tampering and Inconsistencies
  • Medical Literature Research
  • Medical Events Chronology
  • Liaison Between Involved Parties
  • Deposition Question Preparation
  • Jury Selection
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    Cabin Safety Consultants
    Helen Zienkievicz
    Aviation Safety Consultant
    2119 Riverwalk Drive, #134
    Moore OK 73160
    USA
    phone: 405-367-8025
    fax: 866-317-8025
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    Helen Zienkievicz has the unique experience of longevity and active engagement in two fields of expertise, Aviation Safety and Nursing. She has held, and continues to hold, a multitude of positions in both of these industries.

    Ms. Zienkievicz holds a Masters Degree in Nursing Education and Research and is a Board Certified Nurse Practitioner. She is qualified in Advanced Cardiac Life Support and belongs to a multitude of nursing-related organizations including the American Association of Nurse Practitioners.

    During her 29 year career with United Airlines, Ms. Zienkievicz held a variety of positions including Airlines Manager of Health, Safety & Security for Onboard (Flight Attendant) Service Division. Her duties included oversight of airline cabin regulatory compliance of FAA and TSA regulations, primary division liaison with FAA Principle Cabin Inspector, direct investigation of cabin safety incidents and accidents, and advisor to corporate safety, training, medical, personnel, communications, legal and division management.

    Ms. Zienkievicz provides expert opinion on aviation cases for both Plaintiff and Defense. With an extensive background in both aviation and nursing, she offers attorneys a unique perspective on aviation cases related to cabin safety, regulations, and training.

    Aviation Safety Expertise
    • Aircraft Cabin Safety
    • FAA Regulations
    • Air Carrier Access Act
    • Passenger - Flight Attendant Injury / Illness Management
    • Flight Attendant Instruction
    • Turbulence Response
    • Flight Attendant Policy and Procedure
    • Crew Resource Management
    • Threat Error Management
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    Carol Janse, MPH, BSN, RN, CLNC, CNLCP
    Janse LLC - CEO
    324 S. Diamond Bar Blvd #644
    Diamond Bar CA 91765
    USA
    phone: 909-590-3909 or 818-468-9914 (cell)
    fax: 909-591-2712
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    Carol Janse, MPH, BSN, PHN, RN, CEO of Janse Consulting, is a Nurse Life Care Planner and Legal Nurse Consultant serving clients in California and throughout the Country. Ms. Janse has 25 years of clinical and administrative hospital experience. She is masters prepared with an MPH, specializing in Health Education and Program Planning. Ms. Janse has a strong foundation in research which supports her judgment and ability to serve the needs of her clients. Her goal is to provide every client with a thorough and diligent case review or detailed cost analysis supported by evidence based medicine and data research.

    As a legal nurse consultant, Ms. Janse assists attorneys by reviewing medical records, identifying Breaches in Standards of Care and Tampering of Records. She functions under the Scope of Practice governed by the Board of Registered Nurses and is able to assimilate voluminous medical records, research issues and synthesize information into a concise report. As a Life Care Planner, Ms. Janse assesses medical costs, needed services, and goods of an injured person over an estimated life span.

    Ms. Janse provides expert testimony supporting plaintiff or defense counsel. She has experience in high profile and complex cases.

    Areas of Expertise are::
    • Spinal Cord Injuries
    • Multiple Traumas
    • Traumatic Brain Injury
    • CRPS / Chronic Regional Pain Syndrome
    • Amputations
    • Personal Injury / Falls
  • Motor Vehicle Accidents
  • Developmentally Disabled / Cerebral Palsy
  • Elder Abuse
  • Defense Critiques: Renal Failure, Multiple Traumas,Traumatic Brain Injuries, Motorcycle Accident, Gun shot wounds, crushing injuries and hip fractures.
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    Caron W. Jones, RN, MSN,CNM, FNP
    Caron Jones
    RN, MSN,CNM, FNP
    344 Singing Hills Drive
    Pittsboro NC 27312
    USA
    phone: 919-699-0766
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    Caron Jones, RN, MSN,CNM, FNP, serves as an Expert Witness for Nursing Litigation involving OB / GYN, L&D, ER, ICU / CCU, and Urgent Care cases. A Certified Nurse Midwife and Family Nurse Practitioner, Ms. Jones has over 34 years of experience. Her practice includes 12 years of advanced practice serving Women and 13 years of Emergency Room, Trauma, Intensive care, Critical Care, and Labor & Delivery / Birth Center Management. She also has over 8 years of High Risk Obstetrics / Labor & Delivery, Emergency Room, and Trauma experience.

    Ms. Jones has been honored with the Outstanding Emergency Nurse award from the Peninsula Emergency Council and the Govenor’s Nomination for Most Outstanding Nurse for EMS.

    Memberships:
    • American College of Nurse Midwives
    • American Academy of Nurse Practitioners
    • NC Chapter of American College of Nurse Midwives
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    Yolanda Anderson, RN, BSN, CEN, CLNC
    Principal
    12081 W. Alameda Pkwy
    Suite 251
    Lakewood CO 80228
    USA
    phone: 720-308-7880
    fax: 303-988-3236
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    Yolanda Anderson, RN, BSN, CEN, CLNC is a Registered Nurse and has been working in the Emergency Department for more than 25 years. A Certified Legal Nurse Consultant with a detail-oriented approach, Ms. Anderson is knowledgeable about all aspects of Hospital Care and Standards of Care for Physicians, Nurses and Ancillary Personnel.

    Ms. Anderson's background experience includes work in the Emergency Department of Los Angeles County, USC Medical Center, a level I Trauma Center and in the Emergency Department at Saint Anthony Hospital Central in Denver, Colorado, a level I Trauma Center where she helped initiate the Hyperbaric Medicine program. For 15 years, she worked as a staff RN, Charge RN and Assistant Nurse Manager in the Emergency Department at Littleton Adventist Hospital - Littleton, Colorado, a level II Trauma Center. There, she helped with the expansion and reconstruction of the current Emergency Department facility.

    Ms. Anderson has been retained as an Expert 27 times. Her litigation support services include chart review for merit, chronologies, medical care research, Independent Medical Assessments, and more. Ms. Anderson's services are available to attorneys for both Plaintiff and Defense.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Emergency Department Care
    • Inpatient Hospital Care
    • Trauma, Cardiac, Neurological Emergency
    • Adult, Pediatric, and Infant Care
  • Triage & Documentation
  • Nursing Home Care
  • Electronic Medical Records
  • Worker's Compensation
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    Dawn L. Cook, RN, LNCP-C, CLCP, LNC, CFLC
    7495 W. Azure Dr. suite 110
    Las Vegas NV 89130
    USA
    phone: 702-544-2159
    fax: 702-543-7133
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    Dawn L. Cook is a licensed Registered Nurse with three certifications in life care planning. As well, Dawn Cook is certified as a Forensic Litigation Consultant. She has worked with serious and catastrophic illness and injury for over 30 years including clinical settings, home care and life care planning.

    Dawn Cook has prepared over 160 expert reports and has testified at Federal Court and State court and at deposition 25 times.

    Ms. Cook prepares Life Care Plans, Critiques Life Care Plans, Future Medical Cost Projections and Past Medical Bill Reviews for plaintiff and defense.

    Dawn Cook's client list includes over 80 attorneys in Arizona, California, Minnesota, Missouri, Oklahoma, Nevada, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Utah and Washington.

    Life Care Plans and Rebuttals: Traumatic and Anoxic Brain Injures, Strokes, Spinal Cord Injuries, Amputations, Neck and Back Pain, CRPS, Cerebral Palsy. Pediatric brain injury, future costs for surgery, blood transfusions, kidney transplantation, TPN, dental injuries, Home Care Attendant, Nurses, durable medical equipment, supplies, mobility products, adaptive vans and home modifications. CV on website www.CookLifeCarePlan.com
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    Diane Meehan and Associates
    Diane Meehan, RN, PhD, APRN, BC, CLNC
    208 Chelsea St
    Staten Island NY 10307
    USA
    phone: 646-496-2809
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    Diane Meehan RN, PhD, APRN, BC, CLNC, is a clinically active Board Certified Nurse Practitioner. Dr. Meehan has over 35 years of clinical experience in Hospitals, Long Term Care, Home Health, Primary Care, and Academia. Her experience includes Assistant Professor of Nursing, Hospice Coordinator, and Pediatric Nurse Practitioner.

    A frequent presenter, Dr. Meehan has delivered numerous presentations on Advanced Pediatric Assessment and other topics within her expertise at medical centers and nursing conventions in her area. She serves as a Mentor / Preceptor for NP Students, and is a published author with expertise in Pediatric Stroke and Disability.

    Litigation Support - As a Legal Nurse Consultant, Dr. Meehan reviews and analyzes cases to assess merit, saving time and resources. She prepares in-depth literature searches that provide the foundation for case development. Dr. Meehan is proficient in summarizing medical records and in the preparation of reports to bolster a position. She is experienced in cases dealing with Nurse Practitioner and Medical malpractice, in pediatric, adult, and geriatric patients.

    Dr. Meehan is experienced as both a Testifying and Consulting Expert for the NY State Education Department, Office of Professional Discipline. She is a frequent Presenter, Mentor/Preceptor for NP Students, and is a published author with expertise in Pediatric Stroke and disability.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Cardiopulmonary Diseases
    • Cerebral Palsy
    • Stroke
    • Nursing Homes
    • End of Life
    • Failure to Diagnose
  • Informed Consent
  • Nursing Malpractice
  • Physical Examination Performance
  • Assessing Risk for Anesthesia
  • Airway Risk Factors
  • Sleep Apnea
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    Donna S. Jones, RN
    1864 Gordon Manor NE
    Atlanta GA 30307
    USA
    phone: 404-290-2733
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    DSJ & Associates provides an array of expert, medical legal nurse consulting services that include: nursing negligence and malpractice, personal injury, and wrongful death, as well as Medical Care Review and Nursing Care Review for merit and Medical Record Review for adherence for Hospital Standard of Care, and Nursing Standard of Care for plaintiff, defense and insurance companies.

    Donna has over 40 years experience in Critical Care, Respiratory ICU, Cardiac Care, Progressive Care, Medical-Surgical Nursing, Emergency Department and remains clinically active in Critical Care. She maintains current certifications in Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS), Principles and Practices in Pain Management, NIH Stroke Scale and Patient Restraints.

    For more information on DSJ's and Donna's background and experience go to: http://www.linkedin.com/in/donnajonesrn

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    Excelsior Medical Consultants
    Elizabeth D'Alesio
    12 Mowry St.
    Mendon MA 01756
    USA
    phone: 508-561-2021
    Ms. Elizabeth D'Alesio has 30 years experience in ICU, including Medical, Surgical and Acute Care. She is ICU certified. She has managed the ICU and telemetry floor which includes bed monitoring. Ms. D'Alesio has also been involved with creating policy/procedure to meet JACHO requirements as well as ongoing recruiting of new ICU staff. She has served on the ethics committee for four years while in management.

    Ms. D'Alesio is currently employed at the Reproductive Science Center of Milford and Milford Regional Medical Center where she administers Conscious Sedation, assists physicians with pacemakers, arteriograms and picc lines for septic
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    Lois G. Hawkins, RN, CLNC
    2266 South Dobson Road
    Suite 200
    Mesa AZ 85202
    USA
    phone: 480-306-6389
    fax: 480-393-4623
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    Lois Hawkins, RN, CLCP of Hawkins Forensic Consulting, Inc, specializes in Medical and Vocational Damage Assessment in personal injury and catastrophic injury cases throughout the United States. For over 10 years, Ms. Hawkins has been evaluating cases involving children and adults with complex, catastrophic injuries, as well as less serious injuries.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Catastrophic Medical Case Management - Traumatic Brain Injury, Acquired Brain Injury, Spinal Cord Injury, Amputation, Soft Tissue Injury, Chronic Pain, Burns, Cerebral Palsy & Developmental Delay, Chronic Respiratory Conditions, Visual & Hearing Impaired
    • Life Care Planning - Comprehensive Record Review and supportive documentation / Case Analysis, Case Summary Chronology, Clinical Interview and History with Patient, Medical-Legal Research, Assessment of Future Medical / Rehabilitation Needs
    • Legal Nurse Consulting
    Professional Memberships and Associations
    International Academy of Life Care Planners (IALCP) - Present
    International Association of Rehabilitation Professionals (IARP) - Present
    American Association of Legal Nurse Consultants (AALNC) - Past
    American Operating Room Nurse (AORN ) - Past
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    Pediactric Nurse Practitioner
    8438 Suffolk Place
    Philadelphia PA 19153
    USA
    phone: 215-840-6000
    fax: 215-492-8119
    Paula Deaun Jackson RN, MSN, CRNP, LNC, is a Healthcare Consultant who provides technical assistance and staff development to Attorneys and the Child Care Industry regarding Health and Safety Liability Issues.

    Ms. Jackson assists attorneys and other legal entities with medical-legal matters such as Medical Record Review, Case Feasibilities, Chronologies, Exhibit Preparation and Expert Witnessing . She provides staff training and development of parent/child health education programs and assists with on-site assessments of health and safety practices of childcare and school staff.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Expert Testimony
    • Pediatrics
    • Life Care Assessments & Planning
    • Occupational Medicine
    • Personal Injury Estimates
    • Perinatology
    • Neonatology
    • Depositions Child Care Health and Safety/School Health
    • Social Security
    • Adult Health
    • Disability Analysis
    • Geriatrics
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    Janet Grace Attard, LNC
    5145 Davis Dr.
    Lakeport CA 95453
    USA
    phone: 925-876-1377
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    Janet Grace Attard, LNC, is a Legal Nurse Consultant currently enrolled in law school. She is an MBA graduate as well as a registered nurse and has more than 45 years of experience as a practicing nurse.

    Ms. Attard possesses over 30 years of High Risk Acute Nursing experience at a variety of top teaching Hospitals throughout the United States (Johns Hopkins Cancer Center, University of Maryland Laminar Flow-Cancer Research Unit, Sloan Kettering Research Bone Marrow Transplant Unit, Stanford Children’s Hospital Bone Marrow Unit, etc.)

    Litigation Support - Ms. Attard provides confidential timely, accurate consultation, litigation support, and expert witness service to attorneys, insurance companies, and multi system hospital organizations. She offers thorough, detailed, fact based medically significant chronologies, including concise factual analysis of medical records and all relevant health care documentation with prompt, efficient identification of breach in Standard of Care for pre-litigation accurate case analysis.

    Ms. Attard is experienced in the expert review and chronology reporting of cases involving hospital sentinel events and catastrophic accidents, ambulatory care, acute inpatient care both acute and sub-acute, intensive care, step down units, med surgery, pediatric, obstetrics, neonatal, cardiac care, surgery, oncology, orthopedic, respiratory, psychiatry, correctional facilities, dialysis, emergency room, forensic evidence, home health care, long term care, hospice, elder care, and Medi-Cal Abuse.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Personal Injury
    • Medical Negligence Claims
    • Wrongful Death
    • Drug Injury
    • Child Abuse
    • Nursing Home Abuse
  • Premises Liability
  • Medical Device – Product Injury
  • Anesthesia Injury
  • Environmental Claims
  • Workers Compensation
  • Criminal / Fraudulent Practices
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    Jennifer Johnson, APRN, CFN, SANE-A, SANE-P
    PO Box 2607
    Mission KS 66201
    USA
    phone: 913-660-8491
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    Jennifer L. Johnson, RN, BSN, MSN, APRN, CFN, SANE-A, SANE-P, is a Board Certified Nurse Practitioner, Certified Forensic Nurse, and Board Certified Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner for pediatric, adolescent, and adult cases.

    Certifications:
    • (WHNP-BC) Women's Health Nurse Practitioner ,Board Certified
    • (SANE-A) Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner, Adult and Adolescent, Certified
    • (SANE-P) Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner, Pediatrics, Certified
    • (CFN) Certified Forensic Nurse Examiner
    • Program Coordinator, Hospital Based Comprehensive Forensic Nursing Program
    Litigation Experience - Ms. Johnson has consulted on medical malpractice, medical negligence, and criminal cases across the United States. She has reviewed numerous medical negligence cases involving criminal and civil litigation. Ms. Johnson has testified and/or been deposed over 20 times.

    Services - Jennifer Johnson is available to assist attorneys with identifying injury, relevant records, and anatomical drawings. Her services also include medical literature and standard of care review.

    Subject Matter Expertise:
    • Nursing Policy and Procedures
    • Child Abuse / Neglect
    • Elder Abuse
    • Diabetes, Gestational Diabetes
    • Informed Consent
    • Patient's Rights
    • Infusion Nursing
  • Obstetrics / Gynecology
  • Labor and Delivery
  • Sexual Assault
  • Military Court Marshall: Sexual Assault
  • Physical Assault
  • Sexual Assault
  • Strangulation
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    4/3/2015 · Nursing
    Forensic nurses are faced with making an ethical decision when an unconscious patient presents with signs of sexual assault. If the patient is unable to consent, the nurses need to decide whether or not to perform a forensic exam. Hospitals have policies in place regarding consent for emergency care, but not all of them consider the collection of forensic evidence. The window of opportunity for forensic collection may disappear before contacts are made or proper consent is established. Ethical, legal, and policy considerations that complicate this scenario are discussed.

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