2017- Present Carolyn Kjer, RN, MSN, LNCC

Carolyn Kjer, RN, MSN, LNCC, has been a nurse for nearly four decades. She as worked as a legal nurse consultant for more than 20 years between Arizona and Georgia as an independent contractor and as a legal nurse with a law firm and the risk management department of two regional hospital systems.  Her clinic experience includes critical care, cardiovascular, orthopedic, home health, hospital education and administration.

Carolyn joined AALNC National in 1992 and was certified as an LNCC in 2001. She was a member of the Phoenix chapter from 1992 through 1998. She became an active member of the Atlanta Chapter from 1998 through 2009 and served as treasurer 2007-2008.  She joined the Phoenix chapter again in 2009 and served as newsletter editor from 2013-2015. She's currently serving a dual role of Director at Large and Membership Chair for 2018.

Education

MSN-Troy University in Montgomery (The Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International)

BSN-Georgia College & State University

ADN-Georgia College & State University

Author/ Publication

Kjer, C., et al.  Internet Medical and Health Guidebook, 6th Edition, 2004. KC Press.

A Quantitative Synthesis of Data Related to Medication Errors by a Selected Group of Nurses on Flexible and Standard Work Schedules, Troy University Press 1986

Former Editor Nurses' Brief- Phoenix Chapter AALNC Newsletter

2017 Kathleen Martin, RN MSN MPA LNHA CPHQ WCC HACP

Kathleen has 30 years experience as RN, Lic in AZ, NY, NJ with clinical and administrative experience in both hospitals and long term care/sub-acute facilities. She is licensed nursing home administrator with 15+ yrs experience. She was a Baldrige Examiner in 2009 and a Gold Award Examiner for AHCA in 2011-2012. She is Certified in Wound Care, Quality Management, and as an Accreditation Specialist. Kathleen has published professionally and won the NJ Governor’s Merit Award in 1997. She brought 4 LTC facilities to a 5-Star Rating. Kathleen runs K Martin Consulting, which focuses on Med-Mal/Legal Nurse Consulting nationwide for both defense and plaintiff interests. She also provides health care consulting for long term care facilities. She is currently an adjunct Instructor for Grand Canyon University’s Nursing department. 

2016-2018 Carol Orazi, RN, BS, CLCP, CNLCP, CCM, CPC, LNCC

Carol earned an Associate’s Degree in Nursing in 1976 and began working in a hospital critical care open heart unit. Carol had a Bachelors of Science in Marketing and Management from Wayne State University before she entered the medical field. She earned numerous certifications over the years. She is certified in: Life Care Planning, Case Management, Medicare Set Asides, Professional Coder, Nurse Life Care Planner and a Legal Nurse Consultant in 2010 and joined AALNC the same year. She has been a member of the Phoenix chapter since 2010. Currently Carol works in the legal field performing legal nurse reviews for liability cases.

2013-2015 Joy Lawson, RN BA LNCC

Joy

Joy has been with the AALNC since its early years. She has served in many capacities on the Phoenix Board of Directors. As our current Director-At-Large, Joy is responsible for acting as a liaison between the Board of Directors and the members. She is truly a fountain of nursing knowledge.

Joy received her Nursing Degree in 1958 in Tennessee, where she attended both Baptist Hospital school of Nursing-Memphis & Nashville Baptist Hospital School of Nursing. Her nursing career includes experience in Medical-Surgical Nursing, ER and ICU. She helped set up Nashville Baptist Hospital's ICU in 1966.

In the early 70s, she moved to Arizona and completed a Bachelor of the Arts Degree in Chemistry/English Literature at Arizona State University in 1974. She's worked as a floor nurse in Tennessee, Arizona, California and Florida, but has also heeded a call to medical mission work in Central and South America. In 1980, she discovered Legal Nurse Consulting. Initially, she was one of the few nurses in the Phoenix area to practice in this field. She and other nurses in the area gathered under the Corporate moniker of "Arizona Nurse Consultants in Law."

Joy became one of the founding members of the AALNC in 1989, when nurses from Arizona, California and Georgia banded together to create the national association we're a part of today. Thus, Arizona Nurse Consultants in Law soon became the American Association of Legal Nurse Consultants. During this time, Joy had a long and productive career, then retired from LNC practice in 2012. Now, she can enjoy her 3 children, 2 grandchildren and many hobbies like, choral, Pet Therapy at Banner Good Samaritan, hiking, swimming and cattle ranching. (By the way, that ranch is in Tennessee, so she's quite busy hopping back and forth across the country!) We are lucky to have her as a mentor, sounding board and all around cheerful presence.