Some of us are better at story telling than others.  Not all of us, for example, can tell a story like Herman Melville.  But we COULD learn a thing or two from Mr. Melville (as well as from others), whether we’re writing about a great white whale or a quirky trauma timeline.

Some of us are better at story telling than others. Not all of us, for example, can tell a story like Herman Melville. But we COULD learn a thing or two from Mr. Melville (as well as from others), whether we’re writing about a great white whale or a quirky trauma timeline.

I often tell the nurses on our staff, “You have to tell the story with your legal nurse consulting comments.”   I explain that the chronology or medical timeline will mostly tell itself. But it’s the analysis of the medical facts that tells the real story. 

It’s expressing the subtleties and nuances buried in the facts that tend to make the difference in the value of an analysis. It is these small, yet important tidbits that really bring into focus the story of the case.  And, it’s the story telling that helps the reader connect with the truth of the case.  This is what helps your analysis sink in and almost come to life. But most importantly it assists your reader in fully understanding the facts about a medical malpractice or liability insurance claim.

A story-telling confession

I have been stuck in a blog writing rut for months!!  So, I discussed the problem with a biz colleague.  I whined and groused about how I had nothing to write about.  He just looked at me and said, “Just tell the stories.”

I thought about it and then replied, “What stories?!”   

“The stories within your cases,” he said confidently – and, I might add, a bit smugly.

I thought… he was right.  He was telling me exactly what I tell my nurses every day!  I tell them to write about the stories behind our cases.

Just tell the story!

Hold on to your keyboard!!

OK, starting with New Years 2014, MKC will tell stories.  We will post stories for you about rotator cuffs, curious slip and falls, mysterious intervening events, prolonged labor, questionable ED care, missed tumors and the removal of the wrong organs…just to name a few.

And through these MKC case stories, you’ll get great information and, we hope, better insights into medical reviews, medical management, legal nurse consulting and all the associated benefits!  You’ll get lots of useable knowledge, great take- aways and helpful tips…such as:

  • Informative tips on how to better understand medical issues
  • What is this “mechanism of injury” thing? And, WHY is it so important?
  • How to best decipher a quirky trauma timeline.
  • How attorneys, insurance claim and risk management personnel can get the most from legal nurse consultants and other experts.
  • What’s in a ‘WORD’?
  • What’s the difference between a CT scan and a MRI?

So, stay tuned!  Let us know if you have a story you would be interested in reading about.  And, Happy New Year!


Kari Williamson, BS, RN, LNCC, CCM BSN, is the founder and president of MKC Medical Management.  Contact Kari at 865-551-6800 and kari@mkcmedicalmanagement.com.