Expertise DescriptionI have more than 30 years experience as a Gerontological Nurse. My expertise includes care for frail elderly and those with dementia. I have worked as an executive in a multi-state assisted living company specializing in dementia care for over 10 years. My experience includes elderly care, care for the elderly in their private homes as well as in long-term care settings. I also have experience in elder abuse issues and decision-making for end of life care / choices. I have over 10 years expert witness experience.
Areas of Expertise
My expert witness experience includes: medical malpractice legal cases pertaining to geriatric and/or long term care cases; summarization and analysis of medical records and related documents; preparation of chronologies for records; development of trial strategy.
My consulting services include: comprehensive fall prevention program, reduction of medications in dementia residents, development of end of-life program for dementia residents, and management of difficult behaviors; establishment of clinical policies relating to patient care by nurse practitioners, evaluation of cost of care, recruitment and hiring of nurse practitioners, development of educational programs related to care of the frail elderly, management of a multi-state clinical team; development of wellness programs for geriatric clients, presentation of educational seminars, development of a disease management program, and in-home assessments and triaging of the frail elderly within a retirement community; research projects related to the study of Alzheimer's disease and other dementias, assessment of new and participating research and community interest groups, presentations at education conferences.
I held the position for over 10 years of Sr. V.P. for a premier national provider of dementia services. In my role I was familiar with the many aspects of administering quality care for people with dementia. In addition, as a Sr. V.P. I was also very aware of the high costs of providing that care.
I have over 20 years of experience as an RN and Nurse Practitioner in the field of geriatrics and elder care. Additional positions include Director of Nurse Practitioners for a national company that provided nurse practitioners to long term care facilities. In addition, I have been on the faculty of a prominent university School of Medicine, another highly respected university’s Department of Nursing, and consulted on writing exam questions for a credentialing organization.
|M.S.N.||Nursing||California State University||Long Beach|
|B.S.N.||Nursing||California State University|
|B.A.||University of California|
California Registered Nurse / Family Nurse Practitioner
ANCC Certified Gerontological Nurse
California Public Health Nursing Certificate
California Community College Instructor Credential
Texas Registered Nurse
Awards & Affiliation
Recipient – Center for Excellence in Assisted Living (CEAL)
for the Grand Rounds Behavior
National Gerontological Nursing Association (NGNA)