Kathi L Waite, RN, MS, CCRN, CNRN, SCRN, CLNC Expert Witness
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Specialties & Experience of this Expert Witness

General Specialties:

Critical Care Surgery and Critical Care Medicine

Keywords/Search Terms:

Critical care, brain, spine, stroke, sepsis, wrongful death, falls, med records review, standards of care, neurosurgery, post-op care, trauma, Cardiac Cath, pressure injury, abdominal, pain, overdose, respiratory, PACU, IR, vascular, heart failure, CRRT, dialysis, MI, intensive care, STEMI, CPI, EOL


MS, Regis University Denver; BSN, University of Nebraska Lincoln, College of Nursing

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Forty (43) three years of professional experience in critical care nursing that includes 17 years of leadership and management responsibility in a variety of specialties, including Surgical/Trauma ICU, Burn Trauma ICU, MICU/CCU, CVICU, Cardiothoracic ICU, Neuro ICU – affiliated with major university teaching and research hospitals. During my tenure as a nurse manager, I was entrusted with significant responsibilities. These included program development, strategic planning, fiscal resources and budget allocation, personnel management, and care-delivery outcomes for the Neurosurgical ICU. I successfully fulfilled these duties for a decade, demonstrating my leadership and management skills. Since establishing my legal nurse consulting business in 2017, I have been actively involved in reviewing and providing expert opinions on a wide range of cases. This includes both plaintiff and defense cases spanning 15 states. Clinical Experience Clinical Charge nurse in an 18-bed ICU, level 3 trauma and primary stroke center. Caring for patients post-op brain & spine surgery, head & neck, oncology, ortho, thoracic, GI, and general surgery. Caring for Stroke/TPA/TNK, Neuro-interventional patients, Heart Failure, Sepsis, and Trauma patients. I care for Liver failure and ETOH withdrawal patients, drug overdose and suicide, Renal failure, Diabetes, DKA, electrolyte imbalances, post-cardiac arrest, vascular surgery, and cancer surgery patients. I manage the care for post-cardiac Cath lab and Interventional patients (STEMI, Impella, IABP). Promote progressive mobility, safe patient handling, and fall prevention in conjunction with PT, OT, and SLP therapies. Work with CRRT (dialysis), targeted temperature management for hypothermia post-cardiac arrest, as well as end-of-life and organ donation procedures. Trained in Non-violent Crisis Prevention Interventions. Board Member American Association Critical Care Nurses- Denver Chapter-2015- to present Member of UCHealth System-wide Critical Care Nurse Practice Council 2018 to present Society of Critical Care Medicine 2023 - present TCAR -Trauma Care After Resuscitation -2019- present CLNC Certified Legal Nurse Consultant 2017 to present CCRN Certified Critical Care RN (July 1984 to present) NE-BC ANCC Nursing Executive Board Certification (2006 to 2016) CNRN Certified Neuro RN 2011 to present (Neuroscience RN) SCRN Stroke Certified RN 2013 to present UCHealth - Highlands Ranch Hospital- Stroke Committee 2020 - present