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Digital Seminar

Expert Nurse Witness: Expand Your Nursing Career

Dianne Rudolph, APRN, GNP-BC, CWOCN®
4 Hours
Audio and Video
Apr 16, 2024
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Have you ever thought that you would like to become a nurse expert? This course is designed for nurses who are ready to explore this new role. It provides a guide for nurses who are interested in learning about becoming nurse experts for legal cases in the US. Dianne Rodolph, an experienced legal nurse expert, includes practical guidelines and recommendations for nurses who wish to explore this area of nursing and potentially make some income by serving as nurse expert witnesses for legal cases. This comprehensive training course is not just beneficial - it's essential to unlock your full potential as a nurse expert witness. Provides guidelines and recommendations for nurses who wish to become nurse expert witnesses for legal cases. Learn how to provide more insightful and credible testimony, navigate legal terminology, and approach each case with confidence! Invest in yourself and your career.


Planning Committee Disclosure - No relevant relationships

All members of the PESI, Inc. planning committee have provided disclosures of financial relationships with ineligible organizations and any relevant non-financial relationships prior to planning content for this activity. None of the committee members had relevant financial relationships with ineligible companies or other potentially biasing relationships to disclose to learners.  For speaker disclosures, please see the faculty biography.

* Credit Note - **

NOTE: Tuition includes one free CE Certificate (participant will be able to print the certificate of completion after passing the online post-test (80% passing score) and completing the evaluation). Instructional methods will include PowerPoint, didactic lecture, and others.

Continuing Education Information:  Listed below are the continuing education credit(s) currently available for this non-interactive self-study package. Program content is reviewed periodically per accrediting board rules for currency and appropriateness for credit. Credit approvals are subject to change. Please note, your state licensing board dictates whether self-study is an acceptable form of continuing education, as well as which credit types are acceptable for continuing education hours. Please refer to your state rules and regulations. If your profession is not listed, please contact your licensing board to determine your continuing education requirements and check for reciprocal approval. 
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Materials that are included in this course may include interventions and modalities that are beyond the authorized practice of your profession.  As a licensed professional, you are responsible for reviewing the scope of practice, including activities that are defined in law as beyond the boundaries of practice in accordance with and in compliance with your profession's standards.  

For Planning Committee disclosures, please see the statement above.  For speaker disclosures, please see the faculty biography.

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Earn up to 4.0 CE hours. Please see below, for more details, as credit amounts vary by state and profession. 

Nurses - Nurses, Nurse Practitioners, and Clinical Nurse Specialists - ANCC

PESI, Inc. is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. Nurses completing these self-study materials will earn 4.0 contact hours. Expires: 02/01/2027.

Nurses - Nurses, Nurse Practitioners, and Clinical Nurse Specialists

This self-study activity consists of 4.0 clock hours of continuing education instruction. Credit requirements and approvals vary per state board regulations. Please save the course outline, the certificate of completion you receive from this self-study activity and contact your state board or organization to determine specific filing requirements.

Nurses - California Nurses

PESI, Inc. is a provider approved by the California Board of  Registered Nursing, Provider #: 17118 for 4.0 self-study contact hours. 

** You will need to provide your license number to PESI. PESI must have this number on file in order for your hours to be valid.

Nurses - Florida Nurses

PESI, Inc. is an approved provider by the Florida Board of  Nursing. Provider #: FBN2858. These materials qualify for 4.0 self-study contact hours.

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Nurses - Iowa Nurses

PESI, Inc. is an approved provider by the Iowa Board of Nursing. Provider #: 346. Nurses successfully completing these self-study materials will earn 4.0 self-study contact hours. Please email with your license number, include the title, speaker name and date. PESI must have this number on file in order for your hours to be valid.

Other Professions

This self-study activity qualifies for 4.0 continuing education clock hours as required by many national, state and local licensing boards and professional organizations. Save your activity advertisement and certificate of completion, and contact your own board or organization for specific requirements.



Dianne Rudolph, APRN, GNP-BC, CWOCN®'s Profile

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Dianne Rudolph, APRN, GNP-BC, CWOCN®, is a nurse practitioner who is board-certified in gerontological advanced practice nursing and as a wound, ostomy and continence nurse. She has been a nurse for more than 30 years with experience in trauma care, acute care, home care, hospice, long-term care, rehabilitation, and wound care. She is very passionate about caring for adults and older adults with complex medical and wound needs.

Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Dianne Rudolph has an employment relationship with South Texas Wound Associates. She receives compensation as an independent consultant and presenter. Dianne is a published author and receives royalties. She receives a speaking honorarium and recording royalties from PESI, Inc. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Dianne Rudolph is a member of the Wound, Ostomy, and Continence Nurses Society (WOCN), the Association for the Advancement of Wound Care (AAWC), and the Texas Medical Directors Association (TMDA).

Additional Info

Access for Self-Study (Non-Interactive)

Access never expires for this product.

Target Audience

  • Nurses
  • Nurse Practitioners


  • Trends in Expert Testimony Work: Increased demand for nurse experts due to:
    • Growing demand
    • Growing/emerging technology
    • Patient safety factors
    • Increased awareness of cultural competency
  • Nursing Experts vs. Legal Nurse Consultants
    • Is certification necessary?
    • Types of certifications for nurses
  • Monetary Stakes in Litigation
    • Costs of lawsuits
    • Economic/non-economic damages
  • Types of litigation
    • Civil
    • Criminal
    • Medical Malpractice
  • Anatomy of a lawsuit: Key Concepts
    • Plaintiff V Defendant
    • How a lawsuit evolves from Complaint to Appeal
  • What are Standards of Care and Why are they Important?
    • The Standard of Care for Nurses
    • Negligence in Nursing
    • Duty
    • Breach of Duty
    • Damages
    • Causation
  • Analyzing the records and forming opinions
    • Dissecting the records
    • Writing an Effective Report
  • How to Handle Depositions and Trials
    • Dealing with difficult attorneys
    • Maintaining Professionalism
  • The Relevance of Certification
  • Perils, Pitfalls and Ethical Issues
  • Marketing your Services


  1. Identify current trends in healthcare that have led to increased demand for nurse experts.
  2. Define the responsibilities and expectations associated with the role of a nurse expert witness in legal cases.
  3. Breakdown the legal framework governing the involvement of nurse experts in legal cases, including laws, regulations, and standards.
  4. Identify practical skills necessary for effective nurse expert testimony.
  5. Analyze medical records, articulate expert opinions, and communicate effectively with legal professionals.
  6. Develop a plan for transitioning into the role of a nurse expert witness


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