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Board Certified Otolaryngology Surgery Medical Expert Witness


Expert Witness No.1104

  • Over thirty years of experience in the health care field as a manager, director, educator, RN first assistant, and clinical RN in operating room and associated services.
  • Familiar with inner-works of health care in general and within hospitals
  • Actively participated on numerous hospital-wide committees (i.e. Infection Control, Inter-Disciplinary, Policy and Procedure Committees, Best Practice Committees, Nurse Practice and many others)
  • Extensive experience organizing, analyzing, and evaluating medical records
  • Effective educator on subjects related to surgical procedures and medical services that connect to the operating room
  • Experience accessing and applying standards of care, regulations, and research to maximize patient safety
  • Access to a large data base of testifying experts (RN and physician)
  • Continuous education to keep abreast of current regulations and standards of practice that affect health care

 

Experience:

Green Legal Nurse Consultants, San Bernardino, CA  92404                                            2013-2016

Owner and Manager

Established and developed an independent medical-legal consulting practice; Evaluate medical records; Create reports and chronologies; Attend IME/DMEs; Provide research information to attorneys; Assist with development of demonstrative evidence; Make recommendations for appropriate types of testifying experts; Identify applicable standards of care; Address probable arguments from opposing counsel; Produce cost projections for future care.

 

Redlands Community Hospital, 350 Terracina Blvd., Redlands, CA, 92373                     2009-2011

Manager, Post Anesthesia Care Unit, GI Lab, Pre-op Screening, Pre-op Admitting, Ambulatory Infusion Center

Oversaw all activities of the above departments; Developed and implemented policies and procedures based on current standards of care; Participated on multiple hospital-wide committees; Collaborated with other managers to affect smooth operations; Conducted staff meetings; Initiated and maintained responsible staff scheduling practices and daily communications to create permanent records.

 

Long Beach Memorial Medical Center/Miller Children’s Hospital, Long Beach, CA    2005-2009

Clinical Operations Manager, Women’s Operating Room

Accountable for efficient and cost-effective operations of the Women’s Operating Room.  Identified and directly addressed issues that affected quality of service.  Collaborated with managers, physicians, and others to maintain standards of care.  Actively participated on appropriate Careline and Best Practice teams to support and promote quality service.  Integrated appropriate team members onto committees, teams, and projects.  Made employment decisions for personnel based on competencies and social skills required for specific job functions.  Ensured safe quality of care as defined by industry standards, regulatory bodies, and company policies and procedures.

 

Anaheim Memorial Medical Center, Anaheim, CA                                                            2007-2008

Interim Director, Perioperative Services

Simultaneously served as interim director of perioperative services (Operating Room, Recovery Room, GI Lab, and other related departments) for sister facility while maintaining full responsibility of Long Beach Women’s Operating Room.  Coordinated activities of all departments within perioperative services: OR, PACU, GI Lab, Pre-admitting, Pre-op, and Observation Care.  Collaborated with CEO, Director of Nursing, Chief of Anesthesia, and Chief of Medical Staff to ensure continual safe delivery of patient care in all areas.

 

Kaiser Permanente-Anaheim, 441 N. Lakeview Ave., Anaheim, CA                                2001-2004

Perioperative Educator/Staff Nurse

Responsible for development, coordination, implementation, and evaluation of nursing education programs and clinical competencies for all staff for the Operating Room and PACU; coordinated orientation of students, performed new employee evaluations; developed, maintained, and organized education records;  initiated education for equipment, products, and procedures; developed and revised policies and procedures; followed up on all unusual occurrence reports.

 

Star Lady Herbs, 100 East Market Street, Orwigsburg, PA                                                            1999-2001

Owner and proprietor

Owner and proprietor of retail health food store serving as local source of quality herbs, vitamins, and health foods.  Focus on preventative medicine and holistic approaches to improve quality of life through public education and support groups.  Responsible for all activities necessary for efficient management of the business including advertising, funding, maintenance of products and supplies, scheduling of classes, and coordination of activities of associated therapists.

 

Good Samaritan Medical Center, Pottsville, PA                                                                1996-2000

RNFA and Director, Physician Assistant Services

First assist on all types of procedures provided by this 220 bed acute care center; proactively established RN First Assistant role including development of job description and protocols, formatted and revised policies and procedures.  Responsible for operations of physician support department including staff schedules and assignments, budget, employee evaluations, setting of agendas and conduction of staff meetings, liaison between physicians and employees; coordinated activities of physician assistant students; as director, continued to first assist on surgical procedures on a daily basis.

Clinical Instructor, PA Program: DeSales University, Allentown, PA College (formerly Allentown College)

 

St. Jude Medical Center, Fullerton, CA                                                                               1972-1996

Positions held:                                               

Assistant Nurse Manager, Surgical Services (acting manager)

Facilitated communications between physicians, staff, and sales reps., performed staff evaluations, made daily and monthly assignments for all staff, counseled staff as appropriate; continual staff development; ensured adherence to hospital policies and procedures and compliance with regulatory agencies.  Created policies and procedures to effect necessary changes; conducted monthly staff meetings.

Clinical Instructor, Surgical Services (OR, PACU, GI Lab, and Same Day Admitting)

Developed, coordinated, implemented, and evaluated nursing education programs and clinical competencies for all staff; coordinated student activities within all of perioperative services. Organized and maintained nursing education records; Participated in establishment of department goals; initiated education for new equipment, products, and procedures to improve patient care.

Surgical Cardiovascular Coordinator

Responsible for development of cardiac service and maintenance of cardiovascular supplies, equipment, and implants; Coordinated staff education.  Scrubbed and circulated for all types of procedures; served as preceptor, and trained personnel in specific procedures; Responsible for procurement of all departmental supplies.

 

Education:

A.S.                 Registered Nursing                   Cypress College

B.S.H.S.           Health Sciences-Honors                       Chapman University

RNFA              Certificate                                UCLA

CLNC              Certificate                                Vickie Milazzo Institute

Member of Association of Operating Room Nurses (AORN)

Member Society of Gastroenterology Nurses and Associates (SGNA)

Member of American Association of Legal Nurse Consultants (AALNC)

Member of AALNC Journal Editor Board

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