Laurie R. Elston, B.S.N., J.D., received her Juris Doctorate, cum laude, from Gonzaga University School of Law, and her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Whitworth College and Eastern Washington University. She was also an editor and member of the Gonzaga Law Review.
As an attorney, she has represented health care providers in malpractice and licensing actions for over two decades in Washington and California. She has also served as a Municipal Court Judge Pro Tem in Washington. In addition, she taught tort law in the paralegal program at the University of Washington. She was also co-chair and co-developer of the original Nurses Law School for many years.
She is currently in private practice and handles various medical/legal matters. Ms. Elston is licensed as an attorney in both California (active) and Washington (inactive). She is a frequent lecturer and consultant on medical-legal issues.
Prior to becoming an attorney, she worked as a RN nurse at a large acute care medical center for nearly 7 years, including serving as assistant head nurse. She is licensed as a R.N. in both California and Washington.
Professional Papers, Books and Presentations
Author and Lecturer - "Legal Risks For Nurses” PESI national continuing education for health care providers (2017)
Author and Presenter - "Legal Aspects of Nursing” annual conference (1999 – present)
Author and Presenter - "Legal Nurse Consulting Training Course" yearly (2008 – present)
Author and Presenter - "Nursing Negligence and Employment Laws” SEIU Nurse 121 annual legal presentation (2013 - present)
Author and Presenter - "Legal Aspects of Nursing," St. Joseph Hospital/Dignity Health Systems (2016)
Author and Presenter - "Washington Nursing Law 2013" course
Author and Presenter - "Legal Aspects of Nursing," John Muir Hospital Systems (2013)
Author and Presenter - "Head Start Health Services and the Law," Los Angeles County Office of Education (2004)
Legal Workshop - California Nursing Law in Everyday Practices, Kindred Hospital, Los Angeles, CA (2004)
Legal Workshop - California Nursing Law in Everyday Practices, Kindred Hospital, Los Angeles, CA (2003)
Author and Speaker - "Legal and Ethical Issues in Workers Compensation Case Management" CareMeridian, (2002)
Author and Lecturer - " School Nursing Law in California," presentation for numerous California School Districts (2002)
Author and Lecturer - "Medical Ethics and the Law in Workers Compensation Case Management" CareMeridian (2001)
Author and Lecturer - "California School Nursing Law" presentation for California School Districts (2001)
Author and Lecturer - "Liability Issues in Ambulatory Surgical Care," Riverside, CA, Community Surgi-Center (2000)
Author and Lecturer - "Telemedicine and Computerized Medical Records,'' Inland Northwest Perinatal Center Annual Meeting (1999)
Author and Lecturer - "California Nursing Law 1999" course
Author and Lecturer - "Washington Nursing Law 1998" course
Co-Chair and Lecturer - "Nurses’ Law School," Seattle, Washington (1993 - 1997)
Group Facilitator - Nurse Expert Witness course (1989)
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