Certified Nurse Life Care Planner
A Nurse Life Care Planner creates Life Care Plans for individuals who have sustained injuries or have chronic conditions that contribute to physical, functional and/or cognitive limitations, and who require complex long-term care.
When preparing a life care plan a Nurse Life Care Planner uses the Nursing Processes, which as outlined by The American Nurses Association (ANA) includes: assessment, diagnosis, outcomes/planning, implementation and evaluation. Using this process and in collaboration with other members of the health care team such as physicians, a report is created that will consist of an organized plan that estimates the reasonable, and necessary future healthcare needs and associated costs.
In this specialty, nurses take an intensive training course to gain certification as a Nurse Life Care Planner and utilize their knowledge, education and experience when creating a plan for a patient. Nurse Life Care Planners are also trained on how to determine the usual, reasonable and customary cost of services through their access to resources and conducting research.
A Life Care Plan can include the following depending on the needs of the patient:
- Medical Care
- Home Care Nursing
- Occupational, Physical and Speech Therapy
- Medical equipment and supplies
- Skilled nursing facility care
- Adaptive transport vehicles
- Home renovations
Professional Memberships and Certifications:
- Nurse Life Care Planner Certification Board (CNLCP)
- Certified Life Care Planner (CLCP)
- American Association of Professional Coders (AAPC)
- American Association of Nurse Life Care Planners (AANCLP)
- International Association of Rehabilitation Professionals (IARP)
American Nurses Association (ANA) “The Nursing Process.” Retrieved from https://www.nursingworld.org/practice-policy/workforce/what-is-nursing/the-nursing-process/
Our featured Nurse Life Care Planner - Dawn Cook
Our featured Nurse Life Care Planner is Dawn Cook, RN, CNLCP, CLCP has over 30 years experience as a nurse in clinical settings, preparing life care plans, and performing medical bill reviews.
She began her career working as a critical care nurse with experience in intensive care, emergency room, peri-anesthesia care and has also spent time working on medical/surgical wards and home care settings. She is highly experienced in working with patients with catastrophic injury and illness; she has a well-rounded nursing practice with experience in multiple areas.
In 2012, Dawn became a Certified Life Care Planner (CLCP) and in 2015 a Certified Nurse Life Care Planner (CNLCP). Since that time, she has prepared over 600 reports in 28 states, for patients aged from infancy to adult, testified as an expert witness at deposition or trial over 70 times. Dawn has testified as an expert in life care planning in Federal Court in Illinois and New Mexico and State Court in California, New Mexico and Nevada. Dawn has also testified at State Court in Nevada as an expert in Past Medical Bill Reviews.
In addition, Dawn has presented on numerous occasions for organizations such as the American Association of Legal Nurse Consultants, National Nurses in Business Association, American Association of Nurse Life Care Planners and Las Vegas Valley Paralegal Association.
If you are interested in retaining Dawn, or learning more about her experience and what life care planning services she can offer, please visit her website www.cooklifecareplan.com. Her up to date CV is available on her website.
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