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Acute Care Orthopaedics Medical Expert Witness



Expert Witness No. 1592


  • Registered Nurse, (Certified in Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation)
  • Career professional with extensive Orthopaedic and Rehabilitation background, interested in nursing opportunities that encompass research, patient/staff education, performance improvement, or legal consulting opportunities 
  • Nursing career encompasses 31 years of practical experience in acute care, operating room, rehabilitation, and home health environments.  Advanced practice experience includes patient & staff education, research, management, and Performance Improvement activities. 
  • Established as an Orthopaedic Educator, with background in acute trauma, metabolic bone disease, total joint replacement, spine surgery and sports injuries.  Experience included preoperative and postoperative care on orthopaedic surgical units, as well as circulator/scrub duties on an Orthopaedic/Spine Team in a Level I Trauma Center Operating Room.  Coordinator/Instructor for pre-admission classes for patients planning total joint replacement.   Coordinator/Facilitator of an Osteoporosis Support Group & education program;
  • Rehabilitation background includes primary care of children and adolescents status post Spinal Cord Injury, which included extensive patient and family teaching from the acute phase of injury through rehabilitation and discharge planning.
  • Orthopaedic Clinical Nurse Specialist responsibilities included:  1) Patient, family, nursing education;  2) Staff development in areas of quality improvement, professional practice and autonomy; 3) Development of orthopaedic critical pathways; 4) Instructor for Musculoskeletal component of Physical Assessment Course, at Thomas Jefferson University.
  • Infection Control Coordinator responsibilities included development/implementation of Infection Control/Occupational Health policies and procedures for a 30-bed acute rehabilitation facility;  Monitored policy compliance through surveillance activities and interdepartmental education; Communicable disease screening of employees & provision of appropriate immunization/education; Maintenance of records in accordance with OSHA regulations.


  • West Chester University, West Chester, PA:  BSN Nursing, 1981
  • St. Joseph’s University, Philadelphia, PA:  MS Health Administration/Education, 1995


  • Orthopaedic Nurse Certification, 1993 - present (ONC)
  • Rehabilitaion Nurse Certification, 2006 - present (CRRN)



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Orthopaedic Program Coordinator/Clinical Educator Medical-Surgical,   A PRIVATE Health System, Turnersville, NJ 



Director of Nursing/Osteoporosis Program Coordinator, Rehabilitation Hospital of South Jersey, Vineland, NJ 



Education Coordinator/Osteoporosis Program Coordinator, Rehabilitation 

Hospital of South Jersey, Vineland, NJ



Infection Control Coordinator/Osteoporosis Program Coordinator/                   

Occupational Health Nurse, Rehabilitation Hospital of South Jersey. 

Vineland, NJ



Infection Control Nurse/Orthopaedic Educator, Graduate Hospital. 

Philadelphia, PA



Clinical Nurse Specialist/Orthopaedics, Graduate Hospital. Phila., PA



Clinical Nurse Specialist/Orthopaedics, Thomas Jefferson University 

Hospital.  Philadelphia, PA 



Clinical Nurse III/Orthopaedic Operating Room, Thomas Jefferson 

University Hospital. Philadelphia, PA



Clinical Nurse II/ Orthopaedic Unit, Thomas Jefferson University Hospital.

Philadelphia, PA



Primary Care RN/Spinal Cord Injury Unit, Shriners Hospital for Crippled  

Children.  Philadelphia, PA  



Staff RN/Orthopaedic Surgical Unit, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.Philadelphia, PA

Community Lecturer: 

‘Bone Health and Osteoporosis’

‘Living with Arthritis’

‘Managing Back Pain’

Annual ‘Bone Run, Walk, and Roll’ event at Parvin State Park  (2003 through 2007)

Osteoporosis Lecturer and performed Bone Density Screenings





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