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Defining Advanced Practice Nursing

Muller, Lynn S. RN, BS, CCM, JD; Flarey, Dominick L. PhD, MBA, RN, CS, CNAA, FACHE

Departments: Legal and Ethical Forum

Lynn S. Muller, RN, BS, CCM, JD, is a Nurse-Attorney and Partner in the New Jersey law firm of Muller & Muller, and is a former New Jersey Municipal Court Judge. Lynn is an author on case management and legal issues, a popular speaker at regional and national seminars, and a consultant on regulatory compliance, healthcare, nursing, and medical issues.

Dominick L. Flarey, PhD, MBA, RN, CS, CNAA, FACHE, is president of the Center for Medical-Legal Consulting in northeast Ohio. He is the recent former Editor-in-Chief of JONA’s Health Care Law, Ethics & Regulation. He is a certified specialist in legal nurse consulting by the American College of Legal Nurse Consulting where he serves as Executive Director.

Editor’s Note:I’m proud to present the newest department in Lippincott’s Case Management. In each installment of The Case Management Legal/Ethical Forum, Lynn S. Muller, RN, CCM, and Dominick L. Flarey, PhD, MBA, RN, CS, CNAA, FACHE, will answer questions from readers. If you have a legal or ethical question related to case management, send it via e-mail

Disclaimer: The Case Management Legal/Ethical Forum offers readers an arena in which to submit questions and receive answers by an attorney who specialized in healthcare-related issues. Questions focus on topics related to case management practice. Readers are invited to submit questions for consideration to LCM’s Editor-in-Chief at the editorial office address via e-mail at

The content published in the Case Management Legal/Ethical Forum is not meant to be construed as the practice of law. The content is not legal advice. Readers must seek appropriate legal counsel either privately or within their agencies and organizations, and not use the educational information provided here as a means to legal advice.

Address correspondence and reprint requests to Lynn S. Muller, RN, BS, CCM, JD, Muller & Muller, 15 West Main Street, P.O. Box 164, Bergenfield, NJ 07621 (

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