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Role for nurses
RNs have served as expert witnesses in medical litigation for more than 30 years. Such litigation usually involves identifying whether acceptable standards of nursing were followed in care rendered to patients.3,4
Planning to become a credible nurse expert witness begins with proficiency in nursing practice through hands-on experience, which includes honing an area of practice expertise and advancing one's education. Education, training, and experience providing direct patient care are significant qualifications that make nurses both experts and credible witnesses.1,4,5
Nurses with extensive practice experience have highly developed nursing skills and thorough knowledge of standards of patient care and nursing practice. They also understand medical terminology, documentation requirements, diagnostic procedures, and pharmacologic and nonpharmacologic interventions.6 The nurse expert witness should be able to simplify complex issues and provide clear explanations that can be understood by legal professionals and ordinary people sitting on juries.
Although expert witnesses can be subpoenaed to appear, they're more likely to be hired by defense attorneys or prosecutors to review the evidence and give testimony. Joining a professional organization such as the American Association of Legal Nurse Consultants will provide opportunities to network with other professional nurses who are expert witnesses and to become familiar with methods of becoming recognized as an expert. Law firms, government agencies, insurance companies, health facilities, and patient safety organizations are just a few types of groups that seek expert witnesses.
Responsibilities of the nurse expert witness may include
reviewing facility or agency policies, procedures, and protocols relative to an incident
evaluating health records for accuracy, consistency, and missing data
researching literature pertinent to the case
examining state statutes, nurse practice acts, and if applicable, nursing scope and standards of practice for specialized areas of nursing practice.