Session: Expert Witness Testimony
Date/Time: Pre-conference, Friday, February 5, 2016/8:30am – 2:00pm
Founder and President of FIG Services, Shelene has extensive knowledge/experience within the medical and vocational case management fields. She has been employed in these areas for over twenty years. Shelene holds college degrees in Nursing, Rehabilitation Counseling, Psychology, and Business Administration. She is a licensed Registered Nurse and her certifications include Certified Nurse Life Care Planner, Certified Life Care Planner, Certified Rehabilitation Counselor, Medicare Set-Aside Consultant Certified, and Legal Nurse Consultant Certified.
Over twenty years ago, Shelene Giles began her career in assisting those with disabilities in the community. She entered into a world of medical issues without full knowledge of the medical process. Shelene decided to compliment her profession of rehabilitation counseling with a nursing degree. Her attention moved toward understanding the affects as well as the life changing events of an injury/illness in catastrophic cases. Through the years, Shelene began to understand the impact of nurses in the litigation settlement process. She streamlined her experience/knowledge and focuses on determining future cost of care in catastrophic cases. She provides services as a consultant and expert witness (state and federal court). Shelene is a member of several organizations with a concentration in catastrophic injuries/illnesses and life care planning. In 2008, Shelene served on the American Association of Nurse Life Care Planners (AANLCP®) Executive Board as President. Shelene has peer reviewed publications in her practicing fields. For the past several years, her interest has been on providing Nurse Life Care Plans for catastrophic burn survivors. She is the only Nurse Life Care Planner in the nation with a specialty in catastrophic burn cases. She has completed well over 100 Nurse Life Care Plans for burn survivors.
As a nurse, Shelene was taught to care for the patient/client as a whole. Shelene was impressed with her nursing instructors and their talent to simultaneously teach and care. This concept stuck with Shelene in her professional career. She thought, “what if this trait could be taught?” Not academically, but by example through a method of continuing education. As her career advanced, her talents were recognized and Shelene found herself in the role of teacher, trainer, and mentor. Since 2005, Shelene has been asked to teach and mentor colleagues through the professional associations. She offers her teachings as pro bono to allow the associations to retain the revenue. She has gained a reputation of being an effective hands-on teacher and mentor. She continues to provide mentorship to students and fellow colleagues. Course/conference evaluations rate Shelene as one of the highest ranked presenters/teachers