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South Hill Counseling and Biofeedback Clinic

Cheryl Osler, EdD, RN, CNS, AHN-BC, LMHC, CLNC        

Brandi Rilkoff, MS, NCC, LMHC, GMHS, CCTP

Maureen Elston, ARNP, PMHNP                

5915 S. Regal St. Suite 304
Ben Burr Office Building
Spokane, WA 99223

[email protected]

Additional Section

Certified Legal Nurse Consultant

Cheryl Osler Ed.D, MS, RN, CNS, MA, LMHC, CLNC, is a Certified Legal Nurse Consultant (CLNC) and has 22 years experience as an RN.

What is a Certified Legal Nurse Consultant?

A Certified Legal Nurse Consultant is a registered nurse who uses existing expertise as a healthcare professional plus specialized CLNC training to consult on medical-related cases. Attorneys may need assistance to read medical records or understand the terminology and subtleties of healthcare issues to achieve the best results for their clients. A CLNC consultant bridges that gap in the attorney's knowledge. While the attorney is the expert on legal issues, the CLNC is the expert on nursing, the healthcare system and its inner workings.

South Hill Counseling provides consulting services to:

1. Attorneys (plaintiff and defense)

2. Insurance companies

3. Healthcare facilities

4. Other CLNCs and medical-legal consultants (plaintiff and defense)

5. Government agencies

6. Private corporations (e.g., for developing corporate strategies for quality assurance, risk identification, management and evaluation).

Services include: assisting with discovery; conducting research; reviewing medical records; identifying standards of care; preparing reports and summaries on the extent of injury or illness; and locating expert witnesses.

Assessing Medical Records and Analyzing the Case

  • Identify, locate, review and interpret relevant medical records, hospital policies and procedures, other documents and tangible items.
  • Organize, tab and paginate medical records for easy reference.
  • Prepare chronologies of the medical events involved in a case.
  • Summarize, translate and interpret medical records.
  • Identify issues of tampering with the medical records.
  • Screen medical malpractice cases for merit.
  • Identify, locate, summarize and interpret applicable standards of care.
  • Identify adherences to and deviations from these standards.
  • Identify causation issues, assess damages/injuries and identify contributing factors.
  • Identify and recommend potential defendants.
  • Develop written reports for the attorney's use as study tools.

Supporting the Attorney's Case

  • Search and summarize medical and nursing literature and integrate results of your search into case analysis.
  • Analyze the validity of research studies relied on by all parties.
  • Coordinate and attend independent medical examinations.
  • Help in developing life care plans.
  • Expand the attorney's medical library.

Serving as the Attorney's Liaison

  • Interview plaintiff and defense clients, key witnesses and experts.
  • Consult with healthcare providers.
  • Meet with other consultants and service providers on the attorney's behalf.

Working with Experts and Other Witnesses

  • Identify types of testifying experts needed for the case.
  • Find and communicate with appropriate expert witnesses for deposition and trial.
  • Analyze potential experts' reports and other work product.
  • Help prepare witnesses and experts for deposition and trial.
  • Serve as an expert witness and testify to the nursing standard of care.

Assisting with Discovery and Preparing for Court

  • Prepare questions for deposition or trial examination (direct or cross).
  • Prepare interrogatories and requests for production.
  • Review and draft responses to various legal documents and correspondence for the attorney's signature.
  • Analyze and summarize depositions and past testimony.
  • Assist with exhibit preparation and other demonstrative evidence.
  • Attend courtroom proceedings when relevant.
  • Coordinate and assist with facilitating focus groups and mock trials.
  • Assist in resolution of cases through alternative dispute resolution, such as arbitration and mediation.

If you would like to contact me to discuss my services please email or call me: [email protected]; 509 869-5050