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The American Association
of Nurse Attorneys

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Pre-Conference Workshop

TAANA presents a nursing educational program addressing common yet complex legal challenges faced by professional nurses across the practice setting. TAANA and TAANAF Nurse Attorneys and nationally recognized nursing leaders will:

  • Examine leadership hurdles for today’s nurse.
  • Review professional responsibilities and potential threats to nursing licensure.
  • Discuss the challenges of ensuring safe staffing.
  • Empower and inspire nurses to identify solutions to their greatest staffing problems.
  • Part A (11am - 1pm): $25
  • Part B (1:30pm - 3:30pm): $25
  • Full Workshop (part A and B; NSO Session 1; Comedy Night): $40

Learner Objectives:

  1. Identify the traits of a nurse leader.
  2. Unmask leadership opportunities in the community and beyond.
  3. List the most common disciplinary actions against nurses’ license.
  4. Determine the best response to a BON action.
  5. Assess prevention strategies for malpractice or licensure claims.
  6. Review the most common staffing problems.
  7. Delineate levels of response to unsafe staffing: From the bedside to the board room to the voting booth.

Nursing CEs

This activity is approved for up to 4 Nursing CE (part A: 2; part B: 2) through the California Board of Nursing.

Workshop Schedule

(subject to change)



Thursday, October 21
Pre-Conference Workshop

11am - 11:20am

Part A (CE: 2.00):

Nurses on Boards Coalition: Leadership in Action

  • Kimberly Cleveland, JD, MSN, RN, C-MBC
    NOBC Chair-Elect
11:20am - 12:10pm

Responding to Actions Against Nurses

  • Kathleen Gialanella, Esq, RN, BSN, JD, LLM
    Westfield, New Jersey

  • JoAnn Pietro, RN, Esq
    Verona, New Jersey
12:10pm - 12:20pm
12:20pm - 12:30pm

Liability Coverage

  • Eileen Talamante, Esq, RN, BSN
    Goodman Allen Donnelly PLLC
    Richmond, Virginia
12:30pm - 1pm

Licensure Defense Panel

  • Cassandra Williams, LLM, JD, RN, CNOR
    Warner Robins, Georgia

  • Charles Hartwell, JD
    Dethlefs-Pykosh Law Group, LLC
    Camp Hill, Pennsylvania

  • Hahnah Williams, Esq, RN
    Atlanta, Georgia
1pm - 1:30pm
Break / End Part A
1:30pm - 2:30pm

Part B (CE: 2.00):

Standards of Care; Risks of Unsafe Staffing; Safe Staffing Levels Research/Report

  • Doris Carroll, BSN, RN-BC
    Holiday, Florida
2:30pm - 2:40pm
2:40pm - 3:10pm

Leadership Panel

  • Melanie Balestra, JD, NP, MN, BSN
    Rancho Mirage, California

  • Edie Brous, BSN, MS, MPH, JD, RN
    East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania

  • Sara Frey, JD, BSN, RN
    Washington State Nurses Association
    Kingston, Washington
3:10pm - 3:30pm Q & A and Wrap Up / End Part B

4:15pm - 5:15pm

CE: 1.00
CLE: 1.00

Session 1. NSO Presentation on Malpractice Claims and Data

  • Jennifer Flynn, CPHRM
    Aon/Nurses Service Organization (NSO)
    Fort Washington, Pennsylvania
  • Lynn Pierce, BSN, RN, CPHRM
    CNA Healthcare Risk Control
    Atlanta, Georgia

Learner Objectives:

  1. List the leading allegations made against nurses in malpractice lawsuits.
  2. List the leading allegations made against nurses in Board of Nursing complaints.
  3. Identify key risk management tools that nurses can incorporate into their practice.

Presenter Bio:

  • Jennifer Flynn, CPHRM, is Risk Manager for Nurses Service Organization in the Healthcare Division of Aon’s Affinity Insurance Services, Inc. Specializing in risk management and having worked in the health care insurance business for over 18 years, Jennifer is dedicated to educating nurses and health care professionals on professional liability risks and offers strategies to mitigate those risks by supporting patient safety principles and developing quality management programs. In addition to being a frequent national speaker on healthcare risk and liability, Jennifer is also a published author on various risk management topics. Jennifer is a Certified Professional in Healthcare Risk Management and is a licensed Property & Casualty agent. She earned a BA in Psychology from Arcadia University in Glenside, Pennsylvania.
  • Lynn Pierce, RN, BSN, CPHRM, is Risk Control Director for CNA Healthcare Risk Control. Prior to joining CNA, she worked in such clinical settings as emergency, surgical and cardiac critical care, and cardiac and orthopedic rehabilitation services. She has served as a director of risk management in acute care hospitals and integrated health care systems and has held leadership positions in risk management, quality, HIPAA privacy, environmental and patient safety, case management, corporate compliance, Workers’ Compensation and infection control. In 2002, she became a certified legal nurse consultant, achieved the LEAN Green Belt Certification and a certified Workers’ Compensation professional in Georgia. She earned her associate degree in nursing from Dalton College in Dalton, Georgia and a BSN from the State University of West Georgia in Carrollton, Georgia and is currently attending Spring Arbor University with plans to graduate with a Masters in Nursing as a Family Nurse Practitioner.

Virtual Comedy Night, Hosted by:

Sponsored By:

Free for all conference attendees!

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