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

Specialty Focus:

Nurse, critical care, brain injury, spine, stroke, sepsis, wrongful death, fall injury, critical care medicine, medical records review, standards of care, Nurse quality indicators, neurosurgery, post-op care, trauma, Post cardiac cath lab, pressure injury,

Education:

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

Years in Practice:

42

Additional Information

Forty (42) two 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, and Neuro ICU – affiliated with major university teaching and research hospitals. As a former nurse manager, for 10 years, I had responsibility for program development, strategic planning, fiscal resources and budget allocation, personnel management, and care-delivery outcomes for the Neurosurgical ICU. Currently, practice as a level IV Clinical Nurse in the New UCHealth Highlands Ranch Hospital ICU. Since starting my legal nurse consulting business in 2017, I have reviewed and provided opinions on cases, both plaintiff and defense, in 15 states. Clinical Experience Clinical Charge nurse in an 18-bed ICU, level 3 trauma and primary stroke center. Caring for patient's post-op brain & spine, head & neck, oncology, ortho, thoracic, GI, and general surgery. Caring for Stroke/TPA patients as well as Heart Failure Sepsis, and Trauma patients. Support post-cardiac Cath lab and Interventional patients ( Impella & IABP). Promote progressive mobility and safe patient handling and fall prevention in conjunction with PT, OT, and SLP therapies. Work with CRRT (dialysis) therapy, 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. UCHealth Critical Care Nurse Practice Council 2018 to present TCAR -Trauma Care after Resuscitation -2019 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