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Hemodialysis Expert Witness

Is prepared to opine and give testimony in the following topics

Nurse, Hemodialysis Nurse, Dialysis, Fistula Expert, Graft Expert, Hemodialysis Catheter Expert, Nursing Standard of Care, Acute Hemodialysis, Chronic Hemodialysis, Outpatient, Inpatient, Hospital Based Employed

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Expert No. 2297


Bachelors of Science in Nursing
Daemen College, Amherst, NY
August 2010

Legal Nurse Consulting  
November 2006    Kaplan University, Boca Rotan, Florida

With a strong educational and experiential background, I am qualified to assess adherence to standards of healthcare practice as it applies to the nursing and healthcare professions.

AAS in Nursing
May 1998
State University of New York, Alfred, NY     
NYCLEX July 1998
NY RN License           
AAS in Veterinary Technology/Technician        
Certificate in Business Management
May 1991
State University of New York, Delhi, NY 
NY Veterinary Technician License

Skills and Abilities

•Strong analytical ability.             
•Keen understanding of medical treatment protocols, hospital policies, and procedures.
•Provide initial assessment and develop care plans.
•Act as a liaison and promote communication between patients, staff, and doctors.
•Staff and patient education.
•Clinic mentor and preceptor for new RNs’.
•Continually stay current on standards and guidelines.
•Perform research utilizing the Internet.
•Knowledge of Microsoft Office programs.


Available Upon Request

Continuing Education

Wound Care; Buffalo, NY

ANNA Spring Teaching Day; “Calciphlyaxis”, by Paul Bernstein, MD; “Pre-Kidney Transplant Management”, by Sue Copek, BSN, RN; “Interventional Radiologic Approach to Vascular Access Complications”, by Talia Sasson, MD; Rochester, NY

Access Adequacy & Cannulation Techniques by ANNA Big Apple Chapter #102; Rochester, NY

ANNA Spring Teaching Day; “Renal
Emergencies”, by Ajay Srivastava, MD; “Issues in Peritoneal Dialysis”, by Scott Liebman, MD; “Am I Really End Stage Renal?” by Sree Chennupati, MD; Rochester, NY

Assessment of the Renal Failure Patient with Acute Care Needs, ANNA Fall Audio Conference, Rochester, NY

Critical/Coronary Care nursing class lecture by Libby Smith, RN, MSN

June 15, 2006
Advanced Wound Care Issues and Trends in
Litigation, by L. Peter Fielding, MD, FACS, Medical Director of the York Wound Healing Center, Batavia, NY

April 30, 2006
ANNA great Lakes Chapter Spring Teaching Day, “Demystifying the Live Kidney Donor and Recipient Process” and “New Technology in Home Hemodialysis” by Mary Kremer, MS, RN, ANP, Barbara Byer, MS,RN,CS and Theressa Sitgreaves, BNSc, CNN, RN respectively, Batavia, NY
March 23, 2006    Critical Care Symposium, Olean, NY, By Laura Gasparis Vonfrolio, RN, PhD
October 4, 2005    Fistula First Initiative, WCA Hospital, Jamestown, NY
September 9, 2005
ESRD Network Annual Fall Meeting, Rochester, NY Nephrology in the 21st Century:  Patients, Staffing, Treatment Options 

Work Experience

Hemodialysis Nurse Manager
July 2011-Present
Augusta, GA
  • Manage an inpatient hemodialysis unit.
  • Manage and direct 6-8 employees.
Cuba Memorial Hospital
April 2011-July 2011
Cuba, NY
  • Assessments of acute and short term rehab residents.
  • IV starts, Foley catheter placement.
  • Wound care, dressings per MD order.
  • Charge nurse duties that include attending rounds with MD.   
RN Resident Care Coordinator/Unit Manager
July 2010-April 2011
Absolut @ Houghton
  • Develop care plans.
  • Supervise the daily care of LTC and STR residents approximately 100% of my position.
  • Supervision of LPN’s and CNA’s approximately 100% of my position.
  • Implement interventions to provide safety to the residents, approximately 100% of my position.
  • Charge/supervisor approximately 50% of my position.
  • Receiving MD orders, notifying MD, taking off orders.
  • Ensure smooth running of the 100 bed facility.
RN Hemodialysis Acute & Chronic
Dec. 2009-July 2010   
DaVita, Bradford, PA
  • Assess dialysis patients including dialysis access.
  • Charge nurse.
  • Cannulate grafts and fistulas.
  • Notify MD of patient status and changes in condition.
  • Receive orders from MD.
  • Initiate dialysis per MD orders
  • Plan treatment, and implement interventions as necessary. 
RN Dialysis/Charge Nurse
Nicholas Noyes Memorial Hospital,    
June 2008-Dec 2009
Dansville, NY
  • Participated in establishing a new dialysis unit by assisting with implementing policies and procedures. 
  • Charge nurse.
  • Supervise staff, implement MD orders, and ensure the unit ran smoothly. 
  • Assess dialysis patients.
  • Initiate fistula needle placement.
  • Receive orders from MD.
  • Initiate dialysis treatments per MD orders
  • Plan treatment, and implement interventions as necessary. 
Remote Analyst   
Litigation Management, Inc., Mayfield    
August 2006-June 2008
Heights, OH
  • Review and analyze plaintiff related records and prepare client specific analysis and work products. 
  • Research as needed.
RN Hemodialysis
April 2000-Nov 2008
Olean General Hospital, Olean, NY
  • Assess dialysis patients including dialysis access, initiate dialysis per MD orders, plan treatment, and implement interventions as necessary.
  • Charge nurse.
  • Acute and Chronic Hemodialysis.
  • Provide patient and family education.
  • Documentation of patient care.
  • Supervise LPN’s and Patient Care Technicians.
  • Charge nurse duties to include managing Dialysis staff, initiating MD’s orders and assisting MD with rounds.
  • Coordinating placement of dialysis access.
  • Preceptor and mentor for new RN’s.
RN Float Doctors Offices       
Nov 1999-Mar 2000
Olean Medical Group, Olean, NY
  • Floated to Family practice and OB/GYN as needed.
  • History and physical from patient.
  • Vital signs.
  • Documentation.
  • Scheduled tests, labs, etc.
  • Diagnostic codes.
RN Staff Medical-Surgical
June 1998-Dec 2001
Jones Memorial Hospital, Wellsville, NY
  • Assessment and care of adult, pediatric and newborns.
  • Admissions of new patients that included history and physicals, surgical history, patient complaints.
  • Discharge of inpatient from hospital.
  • Notifying MD of patient status changes.
  • Transcribing of MD orders, assuring orders are followed.
  • ACLS Certified (Advanced Cardiac Life Support)
  • CDN (Certified Dialysis Nurse)
  • American Nephrology Nurses Association
  • Past membership Phi Theta Kappa National Honors Society
  • Current membership Sigma Theta Tau Honor Society
Awards Received
  • Clinical Ladder Level 2 January 2005
  • Graduated Summa Cum Laude @ Daemen College
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