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									       American Association of Legal Nurse Consultants
              Greater Baltimore Area Chapter

                           November 2005 Newsletter

November Meeting Update
         On November 15, 2005 the GBAC membership was treated to an informative evening with the
Honorable Howard Chasanow. Judge Chasanow and Linda Duncan spoke on the topic” The LNC’s Role in
Alternative Dispute Resolution.” Judge Chasanow served on the Maryland Court of Appeals from 1990 –
1998. Today, he is a mediator and arbitrator in the Circuit Courts throughout the state of Maryland and is
held in extremely high regard by attorneys for both plaintiffs and defendants. Evaluations from this
evening were excellent. Many thanks to Linda Duncan for arranging for Judge Chasanow to speak with us
and the hours she spent putting together this presentation!

         Again, the GBAC provided 1.8 contact hours through the Maryland Nurses Association for
attendance at the meeting.

September Dinner Meeting Summary

          On September 13, 2005 over 30 GBAC members and guests were treated to a very informative
and entertaining presentation by Dr. Dan Sheridan on Forensic Nursing. Many thanks to Linda Duncan for
inviting and scheduling Dr. Sheridan to come and meet with our group. Evaluations of the program were
excellent and for the first time GBAC was able to provide contact hours for a dinner meeting presentation.

Future Meetings/Dates

        Our January – May 2006 dinner meeting schedule is as follows:

          January 10, 2006 – Webra Price PhD, CRNP, IBCLC will be presenting on “Safety Issues in
Neonatal Transport.” She will be presenting this topic at the National AALNC conference in March 2006.
Dr. Price is currently the Transport Coordinator for the Maryland Regional Neonatal Transport Program
and is also a neonatal nurse practitioner at the Anne Arundel Medical Center.

         March 24, 2006 – Joint panel presentation from member LNCs and nurse paralegals comparing
and contrasting their roles and experiences in legal nurse consulting

        May 9, 2006 - Mentorship Program presentation

        Other 2006 dates are: September 12 and November 14, 2006. All dinner meetings start at 6:30,
registrations with payment are due one week prior to meeting. Contact hours will be provided.

Regional Conference a Huge Success

         On Saturday November 5, 2005 the GBAC and the Greater Delaware/Philadelphia Area Chapters
of the AALNC jointly organized and sponsored: “Legal Nurse Consulting: A SEA of Possibilities.” This
day long conference in Ocean City, Maryland had over 75 attendees. GBAC members Margo Conklin and
Lissa Matthews both presented, Margo spoke on “The ABCs of LNCing,” and Lissa on “Chronology is
Done, Now What?” Jeanne Mills and Sharon Gentile both served on the planning committee, the proceeds
of the conference will be jointly split by all three chapters.

GBAC Attends NCAPA Meeting

        On October 15, Brandie Dawson, Deb Patterson and Kathy Jeffries attended the National Capital
Area Paralegal Association meeting in Washington, DC. They manned a GBAC/AALNC booth and spoke
to many of the area’s paralegals about Legal Nurse Consulting and chapter activities.

GBAC Searching for a New President-Elect and Education
Committee Chairperson

         The GBAC is currently searching for a 2006 President-Elect who would become President of our
chapter for 2007. If you know of any of our members who may be interested in this position, please
contact Linda Duncan at

         We’re also looking for a member to chair our newly created Education Committee. This person
would be in charge of identifying and strategizing how to meet the educational needs of our membership.
If anyone is interested, please contact Jeanne Mills at

2005 – 2006 GBAC Mentorship Program

         If you haven’t heard already, Margo Conklin and Lissa Matthews are continuing our Mentorship
Program. The purpose of this program is to provide an introduction to the roles and responsibilities of the
various phases of the litigation process to the nurse practicing as a LNC. Margo and Lissa are currently
accepting applications until December 5, 2005. More information is available on our website,, or you can contact Margo at or Lissa at

Have You Seen Our New Website?

         If you haven’t taken a look lately, check out our website, for it’s exciting
new look and information it provides about chapter activities and events. The website also includes links to
useful websites for the LNC as well as board member bios and contact information. Thanks to Jeanne
Mills and Deb Patterson for devoting numerous hours to making our site more user friendly!

Membership Update

         Please welcome the following new members to the GBAC!
Rosa Roush
Dolores Taylor
Dawn Hudson
Joyce Faust
Cheryl Halkowicz
Debra O'Connell
Cecilia Fox
Charlene Jones
Kathleen Kelm
Polly Pusey
Elizabeth Miller

Members in the News

        Congratulations to Brandie Dawson, 2005 President-elect for being selected for Who’s Who in
America 2006.

         Please keep GBAC member Molly Feliciano in your thoughts and prayers. Molly’s husband is
currently recovering from a serious accident.

Get to Know Your Board Members – Margo Conklin MSN, RN,
LNCC and Lissa Matthews, RN, LNCC

         Margo Conklin and Lissa Matthews our 2005 – 2006 Mentorship Committee Co-chairs are two
women with a breadth of experience second to none. We’re pleased that they’ve agreed to continue our
successful Mentorship Program!

         Margo Conklin practices full time as a legal nurse consultant. As President of Conklin Legal
Nurse Consulting, LLC, Margo consults with both plaintiff and defense attorneys in the areas of personal
injury and medical malpractice. Previous to this, Margo was an in-house LNC for a medical malpractice
defense attorney.

         Margo’s clinical experience includes: CCU, open heart ICU, OR, and heart/lung transplant care.
She has also served as a nurse educator, developing a six-month long new graduate critical care internship
program. She received her MSN in Cardiovascular Nursing Education from the Catholic University of
America in 1987. She obtained her certification from the AALNC in 2000.

        Margo’s first love is teaching. She has also presented numerous nursing/legal seminars in
Northern Virginia, Washington, DC and North Carolina. Margo is also the co-author of the chapter
“Working with Defense Clients” in AALNC’s Principles and Practice, 2nd edition.

         Lissa Matthews is currently an in-house LNC with the Law Offices of Snead & Mims in Fairfax,
Virginia. She has over 18 years of LNC experience with various law firms in the areas of personal injury,
medical malpractice and product liability.

         Lissa’s clinical background includes emergency room, ICU, maternal-child, and administrative
nursing. She has taught BLS, first aid and disaster nursing classes. She has also presented lectures on
nursing documentation and legal implications.

        Lissa received her nursing diploma from Petersburg General Hospital School of Nursing in
Petersburg, Virginia. She also received her LNC certification from the AALNC.
GBAC Column in the AALNC Journal of Legal Nurse Consulting

         Have you read your Fall 2005 Issue of the The Journal of Legal Nurse Consulting? If so, you
probably noticed the question and answer article co-authored by Brandie Dawson and Jeanne Mills on
Investing in Computer Equipment/Useful LNC Software.

         Our Chapter continues our commitment to provide an article in the Journal of Legal Nurse
Consulting. Keep a look out for the Winter edition for a comparison and contrast of the LNC and nurse
paralegal roles by Margo Conklin and Kathy Jeffries.

GBAC Donates to the Hurricane Katrina Relief Efforts
         In response to the Hurricane Katrina disaster, the GBAC donated $100.00 to the Salvation Army.

Newsletter Items Needed
          Our chapter newsletter is published quarterly with the next issue due our in early 2006. We’d like
to hear from you regarding content and what’s new with our members. Please send any items and
information to Nancy Bruce at Thanks!!

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