Congratulations to Shari Diorio, RN, BSN, CLNC who received her first cases at the CLNC® 6-Day Certification Seminar in Las Vegas. Watch Shari tell her story of how she received cases from two different attorneys, the first literally just before the CLNC® Certification Exam started and the second just after, while she was at the reception!
Archive for month: April, 2012
Statistically, high-strength painkillers are the most widely prescribed class of drugs in the U.S. This is a class of drugs that, just 15 short years ago, was mostly used for post-operative pain and pain associated with cancer. Today they’re widely used to treat just about every type of pain, with chilling consequences. Patients develop tolerance to the opioids, requiring increasingly higher dosages just to maintain the same level of pain control. Use of painkillers can turn into an addiction, with accompanying symptoms of withdrawal should a patient try and taper off.
The days of unlimited data flowing to our smartphones and tablets is ending. If you’re a Certified Legal Nurse Consultant who has had your access speeds “throttled” by your cellular service provider for uploading or downloading too much information (music, movies, podcasts, legal nurse consulting research, photos, etc.) there are solutions.
The electronic medical record (EMR) is becoming omnipresent in the healthcare system. But EMR tampering issues in medical-related cases are a brand new frontier. It’s rare for Certified Legal Nurse Consultants and attorneys to peek behind the EMR curtain, but in the case of Samuel Sweet versus UPMC University Hospital we get to do just that. I first ran across this case last year, when the judge ordered the trial delayed after a local newspaper article about the case and the alleged tampering was published just before jury selection.
Consumer Reports disclosed in its May 2012 issue that many commonly used medical devices, including artificial hips, defibrillators, lap bands and surgical mesh don’t go through a rigorous testing process before being released for use to the public. Other medical devices may be “grandfathered” into approval based on prior trials conducted on “similar” devices that may or may not be similar. This results not only in recalls, but in countless injured individuals.
Google is by far the most popular search engine for everyone including Certified Legal Nurse Consultants. Everyone that is, except true Internet professionals. The more time you spend searching the Internet, the more quickly you’ll learn that you shouldn’t rely solely upon Google.
April 15th is just around the corner and for many nurses tax season serves as a rude awakening. This time every year we’re forced to run the numbers and take a long, hard look at our true financial picture. Unfortunately for many of us, the end result is always the same: we pony up to Uncle Sam and then push everything our tax forms revealed to us to the back of our minds… until next year. Maybe it’s time to ask these four questions instead:
I’m deep into the Spring/Summer CLNC® Certification Seminar season and working with students in person is always one of my favorite things to do as owner of Vickie Milazzo Institute. It’s so much fun to observe how students come in excited but nervous, especially about the CLNC® Examination, then walk out on Day 6 proud of their accomplishments.
The Internet can be a tricky place and not all websites are designed equally. With the coming of HTML5 it will only become, shall we say, more challenging. Even in today’s simple world, not every website displays the same in every web browser and not every feature of every website will display; Flash®, video, animations, etc. may work in one browser and not work in another.
Certified Legal Nurse Consultants don’t just work with attorneys. They also apply their CLNC® experience to corporations. Catherine Glenz, RN, BSN, CHISP, CLNC shares how her employer, Microsoft®, recognizes the value of her CLNC® Certification in her role as a subject matter specialist and nurse executive. Watch and listen to the variety of ways Cathy puts her CLNC® Certification to work at Microsoft.