Our mission is to promote Legal Nurse Consultants as valuable collaborative members of the legal team, to increase awareness of Legal Nurse Consultants within the legal, healthcare and medical communities, and to provide a forum for education, exchange of information and networking.

  • August presentation: Hybrid Hearts: What Mechanical Circulatory Support Looks Like Today

    The San Diego Chapter of the American Association of Legal Nurse Consultants presents "Hybrid Hearts: What Mechanical Circulatory Support Looks Like Today.

  • April Presentation: Neuropsychological Evaluation -- Plaintiff and Defense Perspectives

    The San Diego Chapter of the American Association of Legal Nurse Consultants presents Neuropsychological Evaluation: Plaintiff and Defense Perspectives

  • February presentation: Research, Experimentation & Exploitation of Human Cadavers

    The San Diego Chapter of the American Association of Legal Nurse Consultants presents: Research, Experimentation & Exploitation of Human Cadavers, Bioethical Legal Focus Presentation

  • Nov. 16 meeting: Overview of traumatic brain injury

    Dr. Lobatz is a Diplomat of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, and the immediate past Chief-of-Staff of Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas with specialized interests as a neurologist in treatment and rehabilitation of brain injury, stroke, epilepsy, cognitive disorders, Parkinson’s disease, as well as treatment and rehabilitation of multiple trauma, orthopedic trauma, amputations, complex medical illness and spinal cord injury. As such, Dr. Lobatz provides direction and oversight of the entire rehabilitation program including the Brain

  • July 16 meeting: Life Care Planning -- A Case Study

    Liz Holakiewicz practices independently in the area of Life Care Planning and this presentation will focus on one of her recent cases. Brett Schreiber was the attorney from Thorsnes, Bartolotta, & McGuire handling the case and was recently named one of the Top 10 Personal Injury Litigators in San Diego. Kathleen Shallow has been an LNC since 1992 and worked with Mr. Schreiber on this matter.

  • Something to Share With You

    I would like to share with you some information related to a case that I recently testified in for the defendant RN in a hearing before the BRN, Department of Consumer Affairs by an Administrative Law Judge of the Office of Administrative Hearings. The BRN alleged that the defendant RN restrained a mentally challenged female patient in the prone position. The charges included "Unprofessional conduct" and "Incompetence and/or Gross Negligence." The BRN was seeking to revoke the defendant RN’s nursing license.

  • May 21 meeting: Failed spinal fusions

    Scott P. Leary, M.D., FACS, CS(C) is a spine fellowship-trained neurosurgeon at the Senta Clinic. His clinical practice and research focuses on the comprehensive care of spinal disorders, including spinal stenosis, degenerative disc disease, spinal trauma, scoliosis, failed spine surgery syndrome, spinal tumors, and the evaluation of neck and back pain. He completed both neurosurgical spine training and an advanced orthopedic spine fellowship, a distinct combination that is unique in the San Diego medical community.

  • Hospitals - Hazardous to Your Health?

    A jury awarded over $2.5 million to James Klotz in a medical malpractice lawsuit against a heart surgeon, his group practice and St. Anthony’s Medical Center in St. Louis, Mo. Mr. Klotz had been rushed to the hospital with a heart attack and a pacemaker was surgically implanted. He then developed a drug-resistant staph infection that resulted in 15 additional operations, 84 days in the hospital and the loss of his right leg, part of his left foot, a kidney and most of his hearing.

  • Why Have an OB Legal Nurse Consultant on Your Side? What Should You Look For?

    As most of you already know, Obstetrics is one of the most litigious areas for both medicine and nursing. When a pregnancy or delivery goes wrong, and the perfect ending is not realized, questions surface and fingers begin to point. Navigating a “Bad Baby” case can be both arduous and technically challenging.

  • March 19 meeting: The MacAngel Method of Business & Life Management Using Daylite

    You asked for it and we listened! In response to the request from many chapter members, we have scheduled a very interesting presentation on business management strategies. The focus of this session will be on time management techniques that are partially based on David Allen's book "Getting Things Done: the Art of Stress Free Productivity."

  • LNCs support military nurses who care for our wounded warriors

    The Philanthropy Committee may have gotten a slow start in 2008, but it had an impressive year-end finish! Patty O’Sullivan started the year as the committee chair and began researching projects our chapter might get involved in that would support our deployed troops. Due to a family emergency, she had to step down as chair so I agreed to fill that position and attempt to carry on her vision, which was of special interest to me since I have been a volunteer with a non-profit organization that supports our troops for the past three years.

  • New surgical safety checklist to reduce deaths and complications

    The World Health Organization (WHO) has estimated that 500,000 surgical deaths and complications which occur worldwide every year can be prevented.

  • State statute protects health care providers who express remorse

    California has a statute which permits health care providers to express remorse for untoward events. The statute provides protection for health care providers if a lawsuit is filed later. Are you aware of the details of the statute? Probably not! And what you don't know or understand can expose you to even greater liability.

  • San Diego Legal Nurse Consultants seeks new members

    The San Diego Chapter of the American Association of Legal Nurse Consultants would like to invite interested registered nurses to join the chapter.

  • Legal nurses examines 'Anatomy of an L&D Case'

    In the last education meeting of the year, San Diego AALNC Chapter member Karen Harmon will identify common key allegations in an obstetric medical malpractice case.

  • Legal nurses association hosts 'Through the Eyes of a Navy Nurse' talk

    Hear CDR Sandra Mason, RN, MSN (U.S. Navy) recount her experiences from a 12-month tour to Afghanistan, where she served in Operation Enduring Freedom. The meeting will take place Thursday, Sept. 18.

  • Adventures in Insurance Company Nurse Consulting

    When people ask me where I work or what I do for a living, I often get a puzzled look when I say that I am a legal nurse consultant for a global, Fortune 100 insurance company.