Pre-Conference Workshop

(All ce/cle’s are pending; schedule is subject to change)

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Time Thursday, August 16 Room
8am – 12am
CE: 3.00
TAANA Pre-Conference Workshop (separate registration fee required):

Medication Management for Advanced Practice Nurses:
Protecting Yourself from Liability

(Separate Registration Fee Required)

Workshop Objectives:

  1. Define elements of malpractice (TAANA).Identify the differences between a malpractice lawsuit and a disciplinary proceeding (TAANA).
  2. List the leading allegations related to medication prescribing made against nurse practitioners in malpractice lawsuits (NSO).
  3. Define the average cost to defend and the indemnity for nurse practitioners in medication-related malpractice lawsuits (NSO).
  4. Identify key risk reduction strategies that nurse practitioners can incorporate into their practice to reduce the chance of a medication-related events (NSO).



Lorie A. Brown, RN, MN, JD, became a Registered Nurse after graduating from Indiana University, Indianapolis, Indiana in 1982 and has worked in a variety of nursing fields, including medical surgical nursing, management and administration. In 1984, she obtained her Masters in Nursing Administration and Medical-Surgical Clinical Nurse Specialist program from the University of California, Los Angeles, California. She obtained her law degree from Indiana University, Indianapolis, Indiana in 1990. She is currently admitted to practice in Indiana and Illinois. While still in law school, she became a member of TAANA. In 1994, she went on to start the Indiana Chapter of TAANA and served as the Chapter President and as a member of its Board of Directors. She has returned to TAANA to again serve on its Board. As a Nurse Attorney, Lorie practiced in medical malpractice defense for the State of Indiana and a private law firm. Lorie then founded Brown Law Office, P.C. in 1999 and began working as a legal nurse consultant and representing nurses and other healthcare providers before the licensing boards. She soon branched out and began mentoring other legal nurse consultants and nurse practitioners to help them grow their businesses. In 2012, Lorie founded, an organization designed to help nurses protect their licenses while learning to “speak their mind, stand in their power and to be a change agent to improve patient care”.

Lorie has authored the books:

  • “Law and Order for Nurses: The Easy Way to Protect Your License and Your Livelihood”,
  • “From Frustrated to Fulfilled: The Empowered Nurses System” and
  • “The Legal Nurse Consultant’s Workbook: Turning Your Nursing Knowledge into a Successful Consulting Practice”.

Lorie was a member of the Board of Directors for the Indiana State Nurses Association and has a weekly blog on either or She has been a keynote speaker and speaker at many local, state and national nursing and legal organization conferences and is the author of numerous published articles.


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 17 years, Jennifer is dedicated to educating nurses and health care professionals on professional liability risks and offers strategies to mitigate those risks. Working at NSO, she was instrumental in bringing the most recent health care claim reports to the health care community; created self-assessment tools, website content, and other materials on health care risk management issues. She has presented at professional organization meetings on health care risk management and other insurance related 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.


Diane Knoblauch, JD, MSN, RN, is a nurse-attorney dual licensed as a nurse and an attorney in Ohio and Michigan. She began her nursing career as a diploma nurse in 1976, obtained her BSN from Madonna University, her MSN from Wayne State University in 1980 with a major in primary care and was certified as an adult nurse practitioner through the American Nurses Association and the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. She was the first nurse practitioner to be granted hospital practice privileges by the hospital and medical staff at a small hospital in Southeast Michigan in 1980. From 1981 to 1991 her clinical practice focus was primary care and occupational health, which served as a catalyst for her interest in the law. Her last clinical practice as a nurse practitioner in occupational health was in 1991 at the University Michigan Medical Center. While attending law school she was an assistant professor of nursing at Medical College of Ohio (now University of Toledo) in the undergraduate and graduate programs, teaching in the area of medical-surgical nursing. While there she participated in developing the Nurse Practitioner program and was one of the first two faculty in that program. Throughout her foray through academe she continued to work as a unit-based temp in the Surgical ICU at the University of Michigan. Ms. Knoblauch began practicing as an attorney in Toledo, Ohio in 1994 and in Michigan in 2004. In addition to her busy law practice, focusing on estate and trust planning, elder law, nursing and farming, she continues to work at the University of Michigan in the Surgical Intensive Care Unit, and provides lectures and seminars on legal and ethical issues in nursing. She has offices in Toledo, Ohio and Blissfield, MI. Ms. Knoblauch represents nurses before the boards of nursing in Michigan and Ohio and currently serves on the Board of Directors of The American Association of Nurse Attorneys.

Lynn Pierce, RN, BSN, CPHRM, is a Risk Control Directo at 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 in May 2019 with a Masters in Nursing as a Family Nurse Practitioner.

Cost & Registration

$50.00 for the seminar.