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Rehabilitation Life Care Plan Nursing Case Management Expert Witness

Is prepared to opine and give testimony in the following topics


Legal Nurse Consulting, LNC, Legal Nurse Consultant, Life Care Plan, Rehabilitation, Pediatrics, Developmental Disabilities, Nursing Standards, Education, Utilization Review, Discharge Planning, Case Management, Life Care Plans Catastrophic Injuries, Physical Developmental Disabilities, Case Management Complex Medical Therapeutic Needs, Medicare Set Aside,

Pennsylvania

Expert Witness No.876

 

 

EDUCATION

2015- Post-Graduate Certificate, Psychiatric Mental Health, Wilkes University, Wilkes-Barre, PA

2016 Coursework and clinical practice addressing the assessment and treatment of psychiatric and mental health disorders across the lifespan, including psychotherapy and prescription of psychotropic agents.

2011 Doctor of Nursing Practice, Thomas Jefferson University, School of Nursing, Philadelphia, PA
Interprofessional coursework and advanced clinical practice with a focus upon health policy, organizational change, health informatics, and evidenced based practice. Doctoral practice inquiry project focused upon the implementation of a nurse practitioner managed house call service for older adults with functional impairments in the community.

2007 Post-Graduate Certificate, Family Nurse Practitioner, Widener University, Chester, PA
Coursework and clinical practice addressing the assessment and primary healthcare interventions of individuals and families of varying cultures across the lifespan.

2006 Post-Graduate Certificate, Elder Care Management, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL
Coursework (1-4) and interactions with professionals in the case management field with focus on current ethical and legal issues, regulations and resources utilized in care management of the elderly.

2003 Post-Graduate Certificate, Medicare Set-Aside Arrangements, University of Florida, Gainsville, FL
Coursework and interactions with professionals in the medical/legal arena with focus on skills and methodologies for evaluation, research, and development of MSA arrangement in various type claims.
1998 Post-Graduate Certificate, Managed Care/Case Management, Rutger’s University, New Brunswick,NJ.  Coursework and interactions with professionals in the managed care arena with focus on shifting trends, organizational structure, financial and contractual agreements, ethics and legal issues.

1995 Post-Graduate Certificate, Life Care Planning For Advanced Catastrophic Case Management,
University of Florida, Gainsville, FL. Coursework and interactions with professionals from across the country with focus on life care planning methodologies as an important tool in clinical, community, and forensic rehabilitation.

1993 Post-Graduate Certificate, Nursing Administration, Villanova University, Villanova, PA.
Coursework and interactions with nursing leaders with focus on leadership, law and risk management, advanced money management, human resources and labor relations, and managerial objectives.
1988 Master of Science in Nursing, Pediatric/Education, Gwynedd-Mercy College, Gwynedd Valley, PA.
Clinical focus on care for normal, high-risk, and chronically ill child within the family. Functional role in education with focus on curriculum design and formal education. Research thesis on effect of parent teaching in child development on use of discipline with children.

1981 Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Gwynedd-Mercy College, Gwynedd Valley, PA
Dual minor degrees in Psychology and English; School Nurse Certification (academic level)

1979 Associate of Science in Nursing, Gwynedd-Mercy College, Gwynedd Valley, PA.
1995 - Rehab Advantage, Inc., Jamison, PA
Present President
. Provide individual and medical-legal consultation and case review.
. Prepare life care plans for individuals with physical and developmental disabilities.
. Provide case management for individuals with complex medical and therapeutic needs.
. Provide education programs for professionals and community groups in areas of expertise.

2014- The Health Center of Gwynedd-Mercy University, Gwynedd Valley, PA
Present Nurse Practitioner, Low/No-Cost Clinic
. Perform history and physical examinations; determine assessments and plans of care
. Prescribe medications, diagnostic testing; initiate referrals for other healthcare services
. Provide primary care services and coordination of care for adults/adolescents with varying conditions.

2012 - Minute Clinic, Newtown/Richboro, PA
2014 Nurse Practitioner
. Perform history and physical examinations; determine assessments and plans of care
. Prescribe medications; initiate referrals for other healthcare services
. Provide health screening, preventive, urgent care to individuals with varying conditions in retail health setting.

2013 - Primary Homecare, LLC, Elkins Park , PA
Jul-Oct Nurse Practitioner
. Perform history and physical examinations; determine assessments and plans of care
Prescribe medications, diagnostic testing; initiate referrals for other healthcare services
. Provide primary care services and coordination of care to adults with various acute and chronic conditions.

2011 - Family Care Medical Center, Chalfont, PA
2012 Nurse Practitioner, House Calls/Domicile Visits
. Perform history and physical examinations; determine assessments and plans of care
. Prescribe medications, diagnostic testing; initiate referrals for other healthcare services
. Provide primary care services and coordination of care to individuals with varying conditions across the lifespan.

2010 HealthLink Medical Center, Southampton, PA
Nurse Practitioner, No-Cost Clinic Volunteer
. Perform history and physical examinations; determine assessments and plans of care
. Prescribe medications, diagnostic testing; initiate referrals for other healthcare services
. Provide primary care services and coordination of care for adults/adolescents with varying conditions.

2005 - Phoenixville Hospital, Phoenixville, PA
2006 Per Diem Case Manager
. Provide case management services to acute and chronically ill adults on all units.

1998 - Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia / Children’s Seashore House, Philadelphia, PA
2011 Per Diem Case Manager / Referral Coordinator
. Provide case management services to acute and chronically ill children on all units.
. Provide clinical coordination / supervision / education for staff nurses.

1989 - Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson School of Nursing, Philadelphia, PA
2011 Clinical Instructor
. Precept/evaluate clinical experiences of graduate and undergraduate nursing students; present classes.

1993- University Affiliated Program/Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental
2003 Disabilities at Children’s Seashore House/University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
Core Faculty (1993-1998)
Parent/Consumer Faculty (1993-2003)
. Presentations, practica, mentor for graduate and post-doctoral trainees and fellows in interdisciplinary program.
. Resource to clinical staff members regarding issues of parenting children with physical and
developmental disabilities and special healthcare needs.

1989- The University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, Philadelphia, PA
2001 Clinical Instructor / Preceptor
. Precept/evaluate clinical experiences of graduate and undergraduate nursing students; present classes.

1981- Children's Seashore House, Philadelphia, PA
1998 Cerebral Palsy Program Manager / Care Manager (1997-1998)
. Manage ambulatory care services for children and adolescents with cerebral palsy.
. Coordinate interdisciplinary team in evaluation and monitoring of complex care needs
. Provide case management for cerebral palsy population in the community and during inpatient
rehabilitation stay (including precertification and concurrent review).
Interim Care Manager (1996-1997)
. Coordinate delivery of interdisciplinary care for patients with comprehensive rehabilitation needs
. Interface with insurance Case Managers for concurrent review and discharge planning.
Director of Nursing Education (1993-1997)
. Direct all nursing education programs for 77 bed pediatric acute rehabilitation hospital.
. Coordinate all Nursing activities in UAP/LEND for the preparation of advanced interdisciplinary
trainees in the specialty of children with developmental disabilities.
. Responsible for Clinical Nurse Specialist and Unit-Based Educator positions and education budget
. Responsible for management of Administrative Assistant and Secretary positions.
Education Coordinator (1987-1993)
. Direct all nursing education programs including orientation, staff development, and continuing
education for 72 bed pediatric acute rehabilitation and specialized care hospital.
. Develop and coordinate interdisciplinary education curriculum and case presentations.
. Coordinate parent education/support group in collaboration with Director of Social Work.
. Management of Education/Clinical Nurse Specialist positions and Nursing Education Budget.
Assistant Head Nurse/Clinical Manager (1983-1986)
. Clinical manager of 16 bed pediatric acute rehabilitation unit, including ventilator dependent patients.
. Supervision and management of 40 RN, LPN, CCW (aide) and clerk positions.
. Coordinate scheduling and unit function with emphasis on cost containment.
. Coordinate patient care delivery from pre-admission through discharge planning.
Staff Nurse/Charge Nurse (1981-1983)

1979 - American Oncologic Hospital (Fox Chase Cancer Center), Philadelphia, PA
1981 Staff Nurse, Charge Nurse and Team Leader.

CERTIFICATIONS

-Licensed as a Certified Registered Nurse Practitioner by the PA State Board of Nursing (2009-present)
-Licensed as a Registered Nurse by the PA State Board of Nurses (1979-present)
-Licensed as a Registered Nurse by the NJ State Board of Nurses (1981-present)
-Licensed as a Registered Nurse by the DE State Board of Nurses (2004-present)
-Certification by the American Nurses Credentialing Center as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP, anticipated 2017).
-Certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center as a Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP-BC, 2009-present)
-Certified by the International Commission on Health Care Certification as Medicare Set-Aside Consultant (2006-2012)
-Certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center as a Nurse Case Manager (RN-BC, 1998-present)
-Certified by the International Commission on Health Care Certification as a Life Care Planner (CLCP, 1996-present)
-Certified by the Rehabilitation Nursing Certification Board as a Rehabilitation Registered Nurse (CRRN, 1991-present)
-Certified by the American Heart Association as a Basic Life Support Healthcare Provider (BCLS, 1977-present)
-Certified by the American Heart Association as a Basic Life Support Instructor (1988-2000)

HONORS AND AWARDS

-Pennsylvania Nurses Association Region 1 Scholarship Recipient 2011
-American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Graduate Studies Scholarship Recipient 2011
-Inducted to Alpha Eta Honor Society, 2011
-Inducted to Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society, 1988

RESEARCH & PUBLICATIONS

Available Upon Request

CONSULTATION & PRESENTATIONS

Available Upon Request

PROFESSIONAL SERVICE and ACTIVITIES

Available Upon Request

MEMBERSHIP IN PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS

-Alpha Eta Honor Society
-American Academy of Home Care Physicians (temporarily inactive)
-American Academy of Nurse Practitioners
-American Association of Nurse Life Care Planners (temporarily inactive)
-Association of Rehabilitation Nurses
-Case Management Society of America
-International Academy of Life Care Planners (temporarily inactive)
-International Association of Rehabilitation Professionals (temporarily inactive)
-Pennsylvania Coalition of Nurse Practitioners
-Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing

COMMUNITY SERVICE ACTIVITIES

-Professional Volunteer, HealthLink Medical Center, 2010.
-Volunteer, Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation Race for the Cure, 1998-Present.
-Volunteer, Girl Scouts of America, Freedom Valley Council, PA, 1995-2001.
-Volunteer, Special Equestrians, Warrington, PA, 1986-2001.
-Volunteer, Rachel Levitt Batshaw Family Fair, Children’s Seashore House, 1994-2000.
-Volunteer, American Heart Association, Bucks County, PA, 1992-2000.
-Volunteer, Safety Institute of PA, Bucks County, PA, 1991-2000.
-Volunteer, Muscular Dystrophy Association Lock-Up, Bucks County, PA, 1999.
-Parent Discussion Group Leader, JFK Early Intervention Program, Philadelphia, PA, 1996.
-Volunteer, Easter Seal Society, Bucks County, PA, 1987-1996.
-Parent Discussion Group Leader, American Juvenile Arthritis Organization Conference, 1990.
-Volunteer, Bucks County Association For Retarded Citizens, PA, 1985-1989.

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