Kathi L Waite, RN, MS, CCRN, CNRN, SCRN, CLNC Expert Witness
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General Specialties: Critical Care Medicine and Critical Care Surgery

Specialty Focus: Nurse expert, critical care, brain injury, spine, stroke, wrongful death, Fall injury, critical care medicine, medical records review, standards of care, Nurse quality indicators, neurosurgery , post op care,

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

Years in Practice: 40


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Thirty-nine 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,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 7 cases. All cases were settled or dropped after opinion reports and before deposition and trials. Cases have focused on falls injury, excessive opioid medications, wrongful death, and an assault case. Clinical Experience Clinical nurse and relief-charge nurse in an 18 bed ICU, level 3 trauma center. Caring for patients post op brain & spine, head & neck, oncology, ortho, thoracic, GI and general surgery. Caring for Stroke/TPA patients as well as Heart Failure and Trauma patients. Support post cardiac Cath lab, EP lab and Interventional patients. 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 2016 to present CCRN Critical Care RN (July, 1984 to present) NE-BC ANCC Nursing Executive Board Certification (2006 to 2016) CNRN Certified Neuro RN 2011 to present SCRN Stroke Certified RN