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QUALIFICATIONS

  • Clinically active registered nurse with over 30 years of experience, 29 years in large teaching institutions
  • 12 years of critical care experience
  • Held 2 Administrative positions
  • Experience with the inner workings of hospitals
  • Experience on hospital, departmental and unit specific committees to write, review and approve policies, procedures and standards of care.
  • Educated nurses and functioned as unit resources regarding standards of care and legal aspects of documentation
  • 20 years as an Independent Legal Nurse Consultant  

EDUCATION B.S., Nursing, Medical College of Virginia, 1982-1984, Magna Cum Laude 

LICENSURE

        Registered Nurse, Virginia, 1984.

        Registered Nurse, New Mexico, 1999. 

CERTIFICATIONS

Certified Legal Nurse Consultant, 1994, Medical-Legal Consulting Institute

Advanced Cardiac Life Support, 1992 to present
 

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE 

9/93-Present Independent Legal Nurse Consultant, principal of Sharon Scott & Associates. 

10/99-Present RN, University Hospital, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM, Cardiac Step-Down Unit.  

7/02-11/04 Mentor, Medical-Legal Consulting Institute, Houston, TX.

  • Resource for new legal nurse consultants to maintain standards in this specialized field.  

1/90-8/99 RN, Medical College of Virginia (MCV) Hospitals, Coronary Medical ICU.

  • Duties included the clinical management of a variety of critically ill cardiology and medical-surgical patients. Responsibilities also included: patient/staff education, orientation of new staff and charge nurse roles. 

5/89-2/90 Cardiac Rehabilitation Coordinator, Stuart Circle Hospital, Richmond, Va.

  • Duties included supervising and coordinating activities of Cardiac Rehab Unit and stress testing lab, scheduling and evaluating 2 employees, development and updating of procedures, evaluating and purchasing equipment, assisting with cardiac related lectures for community, and marketing of program to area physicians.  

2/89-4/89 RN, Stuart Circle Hospital, Cardiac Rehab.

  • Duties included supervising out-patient cardiac rehab unit, stress testing, Holter monitor screening, running pacemaker clinic, and in-house and out-patient cardiac teaching.  

10/87-2/89 Assistant Head Nurse/Charge Nurse, MCV Hospitals, Cardio-Thoracic Surgery.

  • Responsibilities included supervising and evaluating 10 employees, including all classifications of RN's, LPNs, and secretaries, evaluating unit systems and assisting to implement changes to improve patient care and unit management. Other duties included direct patient care, departmental resource, orientation of new staff, and staff education. 

7/87-10/87 RN, MCV Hospitals, Operating Room Internship.

  • Duties included learning to function in the roles of circulating and scrub nurse within the surgical team.  

2/85-6/87 RN, MCV Hospitals, Cardiology/Telemetry.

  • Duties included the clinical management of the cardiology patient using the nursing process. Responsibilities include patient/staff teaching, directing and supervising unit personnel and maintaining unit management systems through the charge nurse role.  

6/84-12/85 RN, MCV Hospitals, Neuroscience Intensive Care Unit.

  • Duties included clinical management of critically ill neurology and neurosurgical patients using the nursing process, patient/family counseling and teaching, proficient manipulation in the various technical equipment and data collection for research.  

PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS
Sigma Theta Tau-National Nursing Honor Society
American Association of Critical Care Nurses
American Association of Legal Nurse Consultants (AALNC)
National Alliance of Certified Legal Nurse Consultants (NACLNC) 

PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES

  • Patient Education Committee- Unit based, 1986, 1987, 1991,1992.
  • Staff Education Committee-Unit based, 1986,1987.
  • Professional Practice Council, 1986-1987, 1992-1994. Identified clinical issues and participated in problem solving to improve nursing practice, served as a staff consultant for development of teaching protocols, clinical guidelines and standards of care, and review and approval of these documents for departmental use.
  • Procedure Committee, hospital-wide, 1988. Revised procedures based on current literature, reviewed and approved hospital wide procedures.
  • American Heart Association certified CPR Instructor, 1987-1993.
  • Quality Assurance Committee-Unit based, 1990-1993.
  • Scheduling Committee, Unit based, 1990-1993.
  • Primary Nursing Committee and Interdisciplinary Rounds facilitator, 1992-1993.
  • Advanced Practitioner Council, Unit based, 1991-1993.
  • Standards Committee, Unit based, 1992-1993.
  • Developed patient teaching protocols for: 
    • "Cardiac Catheterization", 1986.  
    • "Percutaneous Transluminal Balloon Angioplasty", 1986. 
    • "Valvuloplasty", 1991
  • Developed patient care standard on " Care of the Patient Receiving Thrombolytic And/or Anticoagulant Therapy", 1993.
  • Developed departmental specialty procedure and skills validation checklist for "Removal of a PA Catheter" by registered nurses. Coordinated teaching and validation of skill to critical care nurses, 1993-1994.
  • Three comprehensive medical-legal reports purchased and published for resale by The Medical-Legal Consulting Institute, 2001-2002.
  • Contributor to Internet Medical Guidebook, 6th ed., 2004.
  • Presentation to NM Trial Attorneys, "Factors in Interpreting and Identifying Injuries in Personal Injury cases v. Use of Nurse to Review Records", Albuquerque, NM, 3/31/11.  

CONTINUING EDUCATION

  • Obtained 15-30 hrs of medical and legal education/year since 1992.  

 A More Detailed Curriculum Vitae is Available upon Request  


Sharon Scott & Associates,
Legal Nurse Consultants
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