Legislation: PDF OnlyLeech Hofland Sharon A. PhD RNClinical Nurse Specialist: Winter 1990 - p 212 Buy Abstract As the number of health related lawsuirs Increases, the chance of clinical nurse specialists appearing in court increases. Clinical nurse specialists must realize that the key to winning in the courtroom may not depend on a point of luw but rather on whom the jury views as the most trustworthy witness. The key is credibility! This article provides information that will enable clinical nurse specialists to develop credibility with the jury. It addresses such issues as what nurses rights and responsibilities include, when it is appropriate to address the judge, how to keep a lawyer “honest,” and specifie ways a nurse can prepare to give testimony, including the deposition. © Williams & Wilkins 1990. All Rights Reserved.