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Atlanta Legal Nurse Consultant On "Experts, Eggshells & Gadgets"


Atlanta, Georgia -- Greater Augusta American Association of Legal Nurse Consultants (AALNC) presented “Experts, Eggshells & Gadgets,” a four hour online conference on September 10, 2011 to legal nurses nationwide. Liz Buddenhagen, registered nurse and Atlanta legal nurse consultant hosted the event.

Buddenhagen said “many legal nurses are still clinically active and qualify as testifying experts to speak to the nursing standards of care within the legal system. Others like myself, who are behind-the-scenes consultants, locate expert witnesses also known as testifying experts for Atlanta attorneys. All legal nurses find it important to keep up with technology to successfully interact in today’s business world.”

About the conference:
Victoria Powell of Little Rock, Arkansas led the conference with a rapid fire but easy to understand talk covering smart phones, dual monitors, netbooks, bluetooth, back up systems and websites. Powell emphasized features of her favorite business apps, reference apps, Adobe Pro, Quickbooks, Microsoft Office, Go To My PC, and Carbonite.

Debbie Owens of South Haven, Michigan stepped up, and discussed important elements of a curriculum vitae for experts, tips on fee schedules and retainers. She recommended the expert obtain a separate retainer for review, deposition, and trial. For deposition and trial, Owens recommended a cancellation fee policy.

Liz Buddenhagen, Atlanta legal nurse consultant, followed with a detailed talk on how to locate expert witnesses, particularly when the expert is needed on short notice from the attorney. Buddenhagen ran through 10 methods she uses to locate experts, saying “no one method works every time. I frequently use 2 or 3 or more methods in each search.” Buddenhagen proceeded with screening tips for expert witnesses and what information needs to be gathered and checked prior to presenting the potential expert to the attorney client.

Peter Berge, JD of West Orange, NJ closed the conference with “The Expert Witness in Malpractice Cases: An Attorney’s Perspective.” Berge is a trial lawyer with Bendit Weinstock and co-author with Pat Iyer of “Medical Errors - Roots of Litigation” published in 2011. Berge noted that the nurse supplies “what to say,” and the attorney manages “how to say it.” He covered do’s and don’ts of deposition and trial testimony for the nurses.

About Greater Augusta AALNC:
The Greater Augusta AALNC offers a hybrid format of both online educational offerings and in person, in Augusta activities for its members. The chapter targets both local Central Savannah River Area legal nurses, as well as rural nurses both in Georgia and nationally who may not live close enough to a metropolitan area to drive to chapter meetings. Please view for more information.

About the Atlanta Legal Nurse Consultant:
Liz Buddenhagen is a thirty year hospital clinical nurse, including neonatal and adult critical care, who has been assisting Atlanta attorneys for over 5 years. For more information visit website, email, or call 770-725-2997. 


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