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P.J. West & Associates, California Legal Nurse Consultants,
Tricia West, RN, BSN, MBA/HCM, LNC

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The following information was submitted on July 17, 2005:

Your Name and nursing degrees/licenses: Tricia West, RN, BSN, MBA/HCM, PHN, CHN, LNC

Your Business Name (if applicable): P.J. West and Associates, Inc.

Business Organization: California Corporation

Please describe your business/services you provide: PJWA has been doing medical legal consulting since 1980 in the areas of personal injury, medical malpractice, worker's compensation, product liability, Medicare Fraud, Insurance billing Fraud and Risk Management for both the defense and plaintiff. Our goal is to provide you with ethical, timely and exceptional support services. We can make your job easier by assisting with the evaluation of cases for merit, conduct extensive medical legal research, review medical records and provide expert testimony in all specialty areas of nursing.

Based in Los Angeles, California, PJWA has over 250 nurses, physicians and other paramedical experts who stand ready to assist with your medical legal cases.

Street Address: 29715 Windsong Lane

City: Agoura Hills

State/Province: California, CA

Zip Code: 91301-4019

E-mail Address:


Homepage Address:

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Categories I want to be listed in include:

Keywords that describe your business/services: Plaintiff/Defense, Medical Malpractice, Personal Injury, Insurance Companies, Law Firms, Medical Bill Auditing, Medical Fraud, Medicare Fraud, Testifying Experts, Chronologies, Nurse experts, Medical Experts, Physical Therapy Experts, Handwriting Analysis Experts, Quality Management, Risk Management, Depositions, Screen Cases For Merit, Elder Abuse, Criminal Cases, Dependent Adult Abuse, Legal Nurse Consultant, Nursing Consulting, Medical Legal Consultant, Case Evaluations, Dialysis, Hemodialysis, Nephrology, NICU, Pediatric, Orthopedic, ER, ICU, ED, Critical Care, Oncology, hematology, Endocrinology, Plastic Surgery, Ophthalmology, Elder Care, Long Term Care, Hematology, Surgical, OR tech, PACU, RR, Respiratory Therapy, Rehabilitation, Gastroenterology, Diabetes, Medical Errors, Standard of Care, Air Transport, Department of Health Services

Contact person(s): Tricia West

Phone number: (818) 707-0051

In what date (month/year) did you start your business? 10/1977

In 1977, this was a dialysis and consulting business that I started. From 1980, I expanded into medical legal as well.

What is your experience and background in Nursing?

  • Critical Care,
  • Intensive Care Unit (ICU),
  • Nephrology included both acute and chronic dialysis,
  • Quality and Risk Management,

    How did you hear about the Nursefriendly, Google

    How many years have you/did you practice as a nurse: Since 1973

    Professional organizations you belong to:

      American Association of Legal Nurse Consultants: A nonprofit organization dedicated to the professional enhancement of registered nurses practicing in a consulting capacity in the legal field.
      AALNC Headquarters
      401 N. Michigan Avenue Chicago, IL 60611
      Toll free: 877/402-2562 Fax: 312/673-6655


      Los Angeles Chapter, American Association of Legal Nurse Consultants (immediate past president (2005)):"Thank you for your interest in our local chapter of the American Association of Legal Nurse Consultants. The national website is There are presently 40 chapters of our National Association across the United States. This chapter is comprised of professional, enthusiastic and nurses who support and promote our AALNC mission statement, which states: The AALNC promotes the professional advancement of registered nurses consulting within the legal arena by providing a forum for education and exchange of information."


      California Association for Healthcare Quality, (immediate past president (2005)):"The California Association for Healthcare Quality, established in 1977, is an organization whose primary purpose is to promote the quality of patient care. CAHQ is the only organization in California affiliated with the National Association for Healthcare Quality (NAHQ) and the Western States Alliance."
      P.O.Box 70819
      Pasadena, CA 91117-7819
      FAX 626-793-7417


      Los Angeles County Bar Association:"Welcome to the Los Angeles County Bar Association. With more than 23,000 members, 100 committees and sections, and its scores of public service projects, our Association is a career-long resource for its members, an effective voice for the profession, and a vital community service. We offer members invaluable practice aids, training, continuing education, a career center, numerous economic benefits (from insurance to cellular phones), camaraderie, networking, as well as a unique opportunity to make a positive contribution to our legal system and our community, generally."
      Office Address:
      261 S. Figueroa Street, Suite 300
      Los Angeles, CA 90012
      Main Office No.: (213) 627-2727


      San Fernando Valley Bar Association:"The San Fernando Valley Bar Association is one of the premier local bar associations in California and the nation. For 75 years, the SFVBA has served members and the public with distinction, and has been a strong voice for the San Fernando Valley legal community."


      I also sit on the hospital advisory counsel for Lumetra.



      What made you decide to start your own business? I was being sought as an expert witness and found I really enjoyed this field - this was before there was an LNC specialty (1980)

      How many times have you changed employers in your career? I have been self employed since 1977 as well as worked for a few employers while also running my own company.

      What specific qualities and traits do you feel make nurses especially qualified to operate a business? Foresight, strategic planning ability, thinking outside the box, good business sense, willing to work endless hours when required, impeccable ethics, and ability to be accountable to those who use your services.

      Do you currently practice as a nurse? If yes in what type of setting? Yes, I currently do work in a clinic - and I consult in different practice areas

      Your most pressing concerns with the profession and healthcare:

      First I am very concerned that nurses can obtain a license via an online education and then take a State Board via computer center in just a few hours. It escapes me as to how one can expect these graduates to care for patients in a safe environment. I find it truly frightening - especially in today’s' health care environment where inpatients are so much sicker then they were years ago.

      Second, I am very concerned about nursing ratios. We need to keep ratios so that patients can be provided the care they need and deserve. Not providing enough nursing hours seems to frequently be a theme in the malpractice cases I see.

      Lastly, I am concerned about the foreign nurses who are being brought to this country, promised a great future and again, are not being properly prepared. I do not believe they really know and understand what they are liable for. I was in a deposition with a foreign ICU nurse - we struggled to do a basic deposition as the nurse could not communicate. We needed an interrupter. To think of her caring for a critically ill patient with everything in English, is beyond scary. I felt very sad for her in that she was found accountable for a horrible patient outcome - and I really do not believe she had any idea of the position she had put herself in.

      Other areas of interest and expertise: I have extensive experience in billing fraud, medicare and private. I have over 250 other LNC's and experts who work with me. I enjoy providing others with opportunities as well.


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