The Nursing Law Center

LNC Course and Nursing Law Course Evaluations

Legal Nurse Consulting Course Comments

I HIGHLY recommend this LNC course  - it offered an immediate 25 CEUs with 35 more upon completion of the  assignments, and the assignments are practical ones helping one get  started as an LNC.  AND Laurie Elston maintains your interest while you  obtain all of this helpful information. (It was worth my trip from  Tennessee to San Francisco). FYI, the classes are kept small, intentionally, so she can address any questions that arise and you get  to know a little about the other people you're there with.” Ann P. BSN,  MS, LNC 

"Presenters were both top notch - as well as captivating and relevant. The LNC manual and resources handed out at the class are  great !" Debbie Winn RN 2015 


 "This course was very interactive. I learned so much information.I recommend this class to any nurse interested in pursuing this different and challenging career." E.B. RN


 “Very  good presentations – not a single boring moment!  I highly recommend  this class to nurses contemplating  a career as a LNC.” Z.C. RN CA  Update: After  taking this LNC course and doing an internship they arranged, I am now practicing full-time with the Mitchell Law Firm in  California

"Amazing speakers with nursing and law experience, and specific case examples that are invaluable for learning. GREAT JOB!" Christina L. RN 2015


"Very  informative course with a wide variety of information. This class kept  my attention throughout the 3 full days of teaching!   I started excited and finished more excited to be a legal nurse consultant." Victoria Sewell RN


 -Update: "After taking  this course and going through mentoring with Mitzi Wortman and others, I  have a highly successful practice as a nurse expert witness, with all  the cases I can handle." Karen T. RN, MSN, CA

"This class was wonderful!  The structure and flow of the class made it extremely useful to me. The  small class size allowed all of us to actively participate and get the  information we needed to ensure our continued success. Thank you so  much!" Karen L. RN CA Update: .... I am now working with an attorney on  an interesting emergency department case and have found the information  and resources from your course most beneficial. I thoroughly enjoyed  your class and working on the cases you gave us. Thank you for  everything!" Karen L. RN, California 2013


“Good teaching, informative, dynamic, comprehensive. The combination of a Nurse Attorney and a LNC teaching was a real strength. I also liked all the ideas for starting my own business.”  Eileen T. RN CA 


"This legal nurse consulting course was perfect. I learned so much.  You really gave me a picture of what a LNC does, and it makes sense.  Mitzi's instructions on what to do and how to do it was so important....  Laurie is amazing and I found myself wonderfully surprised to learn as  much as I was a real eye opener. Thank you." Susie S. RN,  Update: Susie wrote: "While I was on vacation I was reading the LNC  notebook from the course and practicing the introduction we learned in  the class, when an attorney overheard me and asked me to screen a case  he is working on (laser burns from hair removal). Networking works, and  sometimes when you least expect it!” 


"I learned so much from  this course.... The topics related to the principles and practice of  legal nurse consulting (LNC) were well discussed. Attorney Elston being a nurse attorney was able to integrate nursing concepts and legal concepts...." Jennifer Ty D. RN, MSN, FNP


“One  of the strengths of this course was having both an attorney and a LNC  teaching together. We were given several career options for LNCs, which  was also very helpful.” Christie D. RN CA  

"I've  been a nurse consultant and expert on wound care and infection control  for over 10 years. During that time I have developed my own formats,  timelines, etc. over the years.  I sure wish I'd known about you and  this course... it would have made my life a lot easier! Though  I already have a source for case referrals, I wanted to improve my  skills with this course, and I did. Thanks!" Mary W., RN, California  Update: 2013 Treasurer of the Bay Area Chapter of AALNC. 


“Laurie  is an excellent teacher: knowledgeable, direct, concise, and easy to  follow. The small class size made for easy access to instructors during  and after the course. It also made for good role playing during the  class. I really liked the class interactions, and the combination of  lecture, examples, and discussion. I also liked the course split into 3  days of live lecture and then a home study portion, which made this  course very flexible.” Stacey R. RN CA


"The varied and numerous course handouts and forms/templates will be invaluable for references in the future. It is very obvious both of you put in many hours of preparation to assist all of us..."  Maggie E. RN,  Update:Currently working full time as an LNC with a Hospice Attorney.  

"I am already involved in legal work and needed a better understanding. I liked the way this course brought all the information together in a clear and concise manner."  Jill Aggersbury, RN, CCM, CNLCP, MSCC, Update: 2013 President of Bay Area Chapter of AALNC 


"It  was beneficial to have both view points - from the Nurse Attorney and  the practicing LNC.  It was a great setting to ask questions in and get  to know the legal system by seeing actual pleadings, exhibits, etc.  I highly recommend this course!"  Danielle L. RN  

"The  pragmatic, clean approach to presenting very complicated information  and processes made learning about legal nurse consulting accessible and  very palatable." Mary M. RN, Update: Now practicing full-time with Elder Abuse/Negligence Attorney 

 "The  limited number of participants was very conducive to learning and  interacting with other participants and the lecturer, as well as for  networking." Eva M. RN, CA


Dynamic, articulate, complete... Once  again, Laurie, you have provided a great learning experience.  Thank  you."  Paulette B. RN


"Excellent LNC course -  the instructor was very knowledgeable and organized. I loved the small  class size which allowed for quality time with the instructor.  I also  loved the case scenarios and guest speakers."  Christine A. RN


"You are a wonderful public speaker and I like the LNC textbook you use.  I would highly recommend this course....!"  Karen D. RN

"Will  recommend this class to anyone considering legal nurse consulting, or  just wanting to gain more legal knowledge for their career." RN 2015 

Legal Aspects of Nursing Course Evaluation Comments

“Excellent  seminar! Laurie Elston knows her profession - both of them, law and  nursing- and knows how to present them in an informative, interesting,  and humorous way! Really enjoyed myself and learned important facts.”  D.B., RN, Nurse Manager , CA

“Ms.  Elston is so impressive with her command of the law and medical-legal  requirements. Great lecturer - confident - concise, fantastic at gleaning the kernel of what’s pertinent from participant’s questions. If  I were involved in a legal case I would definitely consult with  Attorney Elston for her information and support.” RN

“Laurie  was a very knowledgeable and effective speaker- I could easily have sat  through another day of her lectures.” S.H., RN, CA

“Very  informative, comprehensive; excellent flow of information (not too fast  or slow); Laurie has a great ability to engage the audience, answer  questions accurately while elaborating on the issue.” Sue F., FNP, CA

“I  really needed an update on everything. Thank you for coming here!  Please come back every year…I really liked the explanation of the new  Healthcare Act- it was so helpful!” RN,NP, SNF

“Clear  and concise presentation. Also, I found the case examples very  enlightening and thought provoking. Speaker very knowledgeable, plus  being a registered nurse and a lawyer gave her a unique perspective that  many other lawyers may not have.” D.C., RN, Surgery

“It  is challenging to keep up to date on all the state and federal laws-  this was a terrific update.” RN, Hospital Accreditation and Safety,  Fresno, CA

“This  was a very well rounded and interesting seminar. Thank you. Hopefully I  won’t ever see you in court, but if I do, I hope you are on my side and  that I have listened and implemented all that you taught me.” Renata  Kuchenthal RN, L&D, Sacramento

“This  seminar was very informative. This kind of seminar should be part of a  nurse’s requirement for license renewal.” Patricia Sebald, RN, Operating  Room

“This is a very informative seminar. I walked away feeling  more knowledgeable about nursing and  the law, and will be able to apply  this knowledge to my practice. Thank you! This seminar is very good.  You covered every aspect I can think of regarding the nursing profession  and the law. I wouldn’t change a thing!” Leah Tarver, RN, Nurse Manager

“The  mark of a good lecturer is the ability to take dry facts and figures  and transform them into an interesting and informative class. Thank you  for doing so!” Richard Gutierrez, RN, PHD,CCU/PACU, Sacramento

“Thank  you for such a thorough and informative course  I will definitely be  recommending this course to all my nurse friends. I appreciate that your  intent was NOT to scare us…” RN

“Eye  opening, fun, and absolutely critical information. An overview of many  things and I liked how she equally encompassed nursing and the  legalities. Great presentation. I would go again! So much to learn; so  little time.” RN, Napa CA

“Well organized! I cant believe how  much information she covered in 8 hours. Good job keeping everyone on  track and questions under control.” Kathy S., RN, ED

“Transformed  complicated subject of law into very understandable subject. I like the  case studies- they helped me relate the information to my own  practice.” C.C., RN

“Very informative and pleasant presentation.  Great examples of issues from both JD & RN perspective. Very  thoughtful in presenting class…” RN Ambulatory Surgical  Care,  Sacramento

“The Law Manual provided is an excellent distillation  of complicated information, with great reference sites….” RN, Family  Practice Clinic- Occupational Health Clinic

“Excellent seminar! I  so appreciate the case studies. With all of the changes to health care  and nursing laws we must stay informed. This course did that for me!”  Denise Johnson, RN-BC, MSN, Charge Nurse Medical Surgical

“This  seminar gave a lot of information to enable the nurse to improve and to  practice safely. I think we have (as a profession) been encouraged to be  “out on a limb” unable to get job done. This information is essential to  protect the nurse.” Linda F., RN, CA

“Clear and concise.  Provided insight on how we can protect our licenses during our practice  and with proper documentation….” Nineka, RN, Correction Facility

“Down  to earth presentation, did not over talk or make it too “lawyerly”.  Information was relevant….applicable to nursing practice for today.” Ken  Craft, BSN, FNP (student)

“Excellent presentation about a subject that could be dry, but was not at all. Case studies very helpful.” RN

“Clarified and simplified information to make it more easily applicable to my practice.” RN

“I  liked the ability to interact with the instructor easily, and the humor  included in the seminar. Going to run right out and get my own  insurance!! Ample use of case presentations.” C.W. RN

“Very  interesting using actual cases to illustrate various points-very  effective! You could probably do a whole CE just on documentation or  delegation and supervision. Information on malpractice insurance was  very helpful.” Helza S., RN

“Well presented! Kept interest up all during presentation! Continuing success in your practice! Thanks” F.D. , RN

“I  liked the humor in between topics and the real life scenarios.  Excellent flow of conversations (with nurses in audience)… Covered a  huge amount of information.” Will, RN, D.O.N. acute care

“Delivery was articulate and extremely organized. Handouts were extremely informational.” S.P., RN

“I  enjoyed this course immensely! Ms. Elston is a dynamic speaker. I’m  sure she is very challenging in the courtroom setting, and I would want  her on my side” T.J., RN, CCU, 

"Presenter was engaging  and made what would have been a dry subject very interesting. The course  manual will be a valuable resource.” L. Cowin RN, MSN, Nursing Staff  Development

“Superior quality presentation. Complex subject  matters are well laid out in the book ‘California Nursing Law’. A wealth  of important information, comprehensively formulated, and very thorough.” RN, Nursing Administration, Los Angeles Hospital

In House Legal Presentations

Nursing Organization Annual Conference
The  Conference organizer and Nurse Manager evaluation comment: “This Conference brought wonderful representation of nurses of all backgrounds from  correctional to pediatric, with our biggest attendance yet!”

“Our  keynote speaker, Laurie Elston, was entertaining and informative. As a lawyer with a bachelors of science in nursing, she illuminated many of  the little understood intricacies of what goes into a BRN investigation, and the amount of preparation a trial can take. As opposed to intimidation, she gave us powerful insights into protecting our rights as nurses, and boy did we have questions for her.”

In-House Nursing Staff Training:
One CA Hospital that recently hired Attorney Laurie Elston to do an in-house training for their nursing staff reported:"The evaluations for the class were excellent. Some of the comments included:

-"Enjoyed the way Laurie broke up the material with nurse videos."
-"Great printed legal reference!"
-"Great info, Laurie was funny and kept us interested.  Good handouts for future reference."
-"The added humor made it a great class."
-"We need to have this class more often!"
-"Laurie was very interesting and the class was very applicable."
-"Excellent Speaker- she kept me awake."
-"Fun videos - very informative class." 
-"Great speaker - she makes this class very applicable to nursing."
-"Great case examples."

"Thank  you again for your wonderful presentation.  I hope we can have you  return in the future.  I would definitely recommend your class to any  other hospital.” Nurse Manager, 2013 CA Acute Care Hospital 

Many  claims can be prevented if the nursing staff is well educated on the issues. Only an attorney has the expertise to explain the laws  accurately and in detail. Unfortunately, most attorneys do not  understand nursing. Attorney Elston's unique background and experience  working in both professions gives her the ability to explain medical-legal issues in ways that nurses understand.