Working as an LNC is all about the details—and the practitioner has to consider many details beyond those in the case material you receive, like conflict of interest. Ally Kayton, an LNC and neonatal specialist with a Ph.D. in nursing, highlights some of the critical areas with which an LNC must be familiar.
She emphasizes the importance of checking for conflict. Because smaller practices are increasingly merging and often become part of national network, LNCs may work for several years on a case only to find that a conflict of interest has developed.
An LNC must also have a keen understanding of the standard of care that operated during the time frame when the medical incident occurred. Ally has volumes covering 18 years of standards for neonatal care.
Ally also emphasizes the careful reading of all documentation about a case, including depositions and opposing opinions. Not only is this crucial to the LNC’s understanding of a case, reading different opinions will expand one’s LNC knowledge base.
Underlying all of her recommendations is the importance of working with integrity. Being meticulous in every area of your work reflects that and is the hallmark of an excellent legal nurse consultant.
Be prepared for a priceless introduction to the world of in-house LNC work.
Join me in this episode of Legal Nurse Podcast to learn about Conflict of Interest and Integrity for the LNC – Ally Kayton
- Why is it so important to stay within your area of expertise as an LNC?
- Why does an LNC need to meticulously check for conflict of interest before accepting a case?
- What personal attributes define a good LNC?
- How can an LNC stay up to date on changes in standard of care?
- Why is careful reading of information about a case crucial to developing one’s LNC skills?
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Your Presenter of Conflict of Interest and Integrity for the LNC – Ally Kayton
I am a neonatal nurse practitioner living in the South Florida area. I am a mom of 3 boys and a grandma to my beautiful granddaughter. I have been an expert witness for 15-years. I am a patient advocate.