Karen A. Butler's Publications


Malpractice 101: Strategies for Defending Your Practice, J. OF RADIOLOGY NURSING; Vol. 34, No. 1 (March, 2015).

Representing the Nurse with a Substance Abuse Problem, NYSBA HEALTH LAW J.; Vol. 18, No. 1 (Winter, 2013), p. 30.

Special Edition Editor: Nurses and Allied Health Professionals, NYSBA HEALTH LAW J.; Vol. 18, No. 1 (Winter, 2013)

Amicus Curiae Brief: Submitted in Support of Respondent, Sullivan v. Edward Hospital, Illinois Supreme Court, J. OF NURSING LAW, Vol. 9, No. 4 (Winter, 2004).

Experts on Nursing: TAANA Takes a Stand, J. OF NURSING LAW, Vol. 9, N. 4 (Winter, 2004).

Ethics Paramount When Patient Lacks Capacity, NURSING MANAGEMENT, 35(11): 18-20, Nov. 2004.

Nursing: Qualifications for Testifying on Standard of Care, J. OF LEGAL NURSE CONSULTING, Vol. 15, No. 4 (2004).

Experts on Nursing: TAANA Takes a Stand, INSIDE TAANA, Vol. 14, No. 2 (2004).

NEW YORK HEALTH LAW, 2004 Update, editor.

Landmark Court Decision: Physicians Cannot Testify To Nursing Care, LNC RESOURCE, Vol. 1, No. 4 (2004).

The Prisoner as Patient: When Medical Care is a Constitutional Issue, 9 J. OF NURSING LAW, (2003).

The Prisoner as Patient: Not Just Another Malpractice Case, INSIDE TAANA, Vol. 12, No. 2, 2002.

Nursing Home Restraints: Rights and Liabilities, 2002 MEDICAL MALPRACTICE UPDATE (2001).

Harvesters: Alternatives to Judicial Intervention in Medical Treatment Decisions, 1 J. DISP. RESOL. (1996).

Comment, Health Care Revolution: Legal Landmines for Hospitals and the Rise of the Critical Pathway, 58 ALB. L. REV. 843 (1995).


Nursing in a Minefield: When Good Care is Not Enough, New York State Nurse's Association, Seminar at Sea, February, 2013, Royal Caribbean's Adventure of the Seas seven day Southern Caribbean cruise.

Litigation in Long Term Care, Avila Institute of Gerontology, October Seminar, October 10, 2012.

Nursing Strategies for Ethical Decision-Making, Nursing Summit, 2012, Catskill Hudson Area Health Education Center, May 30, 2012.

Legal Issues for DONs, Foundation for Quality Care, East Elmhurst, NY, October 25, 2011.

Litigation and Records, Cabin Fever 6, AORN of Eastern New York, Spring, 2012.

Legal Issues in Nursing, Bassett Medical Center, April 29, 2011.

Ethics Committees in Long Term Care, Foundation for Quality Care, March 24, 2011.

Legal Aspects in Nursing documentation: VA Healthcare Network, May 6, 2009, June 9, 2009.

Electronic Medical Records: Implications You May Not Have Considered: 2008 Patient Safety & Risk Management Education Symposium presented by Iroquois Healthcare, Turning Stone, Resort, September, 2008.

End of Life Decision-making: Town of Schodack Republican Committee, March 2, 2007.

Building Your Civil Trial Skills: National Business Institute, Albany, N.Y., January 26, 2007.

Documentation in Long Term Care: Montgomery Meadows Home, Amsterdam N.Y., December, 2006.

Decision Making at the End of Life: New York Ethics Network, Albany, N.Y. Sept. 2004.

Medical/Legal Issues: Vermont College, Montpelier, Vt. Sept. 2004.

TAANA Takes a Stand: Poster, TAANA Annual Conference, Orlando, 2004.

Commencement Address: Saratoga Central Catholic High School, Saratoga Springs, N.Y., June, 2004.

Discovery in Medical Malpractice: A View From Within: Albany County Trial Lawyers Association, April 15, 2004, December, 2005.

Legal Issues in Long Term Care: MLMIC, Latham, N.Y., March 3, 2004.

HIPAA Beyond the Basics in New York: Latham, New York, December 12, 2003.

Legal Pitfalls for Nurses: TAANA, Alexandria, VA, October 23, 2003.

Legal Issues for Nurses: American Association of Operating Room Nurses, Albany, New York, October 19, 2003, February 4, 2006.

Code of Ethics for Nurses: AORN of Eastern New York, October 18, 2003.

Legal Aspects of Documentation: Community Hospice of Albany, June 26, 2003.

The Legal Project, WTEN, Channel 10 Morning News: April 17, 2003, The Health Care Proxy; May 8, 2003, HIPAA; May 27, 2003, Powers of Attorney; June 13, 2003, Ethics Committees; July 31, 2003, DNRs.

HIPAA for Nurses: Lorman Education Services, Albany, New York, January 14, 2003.

Legal Issues of Documentation: Ellis Hospital, Schenectady, New York, December 10, 2002.

Documentation: Issues and Charting for the Future in New York: Albany, New York, November 15, 2002

Avoiding Litigation for Nurses: TAANA, San Diego, California, October 3, 2002.

Taking Back Nursing: Vermont College, Montpelier, Vermont, September 28, 2002.

Taking and Defending Effective Depositions: Albany, New York, September 10, 2002; September 10, 2003.

HIPAA Seminar: Albany County, August 22, 2002.

Home Health Services and Liability: October 23, 2001, Visiting Nurse Association of New York.

Handling Expert Medical Evidence: Serious Injury Thresholds: New York State Unified Court System, Saratoga Springs, New York, October 23, 2001.

Students with Physical and Mental Challenges - Legal Implications: October 12, 2001, Counsel of Practical Nurse Programs of New York.

Medical Decision Making: Saratoga County Bar Association, Law Week, May, 2001.

Understanding Their Language: Medical Terminology in New York: Lorman Education Services, Albany, N.Y. April 5, 2001, April 15, 2002, April 24, 2003.

Legal Issues of Nursing and Documentation: Samaritan Hospital, March 21, 2001.

Legal Issues of Nursing: Glens Falls Hospital, February 27, 2001.

Nuts and Bolts of Personal Injury Cases: The American Association of Nurse Attorneys, New Orleans, LA. October 20, 2000.

The 2000 Conference on Nursing and the Law: PESI Healthcare, Albany, New York, 4/27/00 and Uniondale, New York 4/28/00.

Legalities and Risk Management in Nursing: Iroquois Health Care Association, Clifton Park, New York 12/17/99.

Nursing Documentation: Capital District Psychiatric Center, Albany, New York 10/13/99.

Legal and Ethical Issues for Rehabilitation Nurses: Northeastern New York Chapter of the Association of Rehabilitation Nurses, 6/8/99.

Controlling Medico Legal Risks for the Health Care Professional: Adirondack Society of Physician Assistants: 10th Annual CME Conference, Lake Placid, New York 2/21/99.

Legal and Ethical Issues for GI Nurses: Central New York. Society of Gastroenterology Nurses and Associates; Lake George, New York 9/26/98.

Legalities and Risk Management for Charting: Education Consortium for Healthcare Organizations: 6/25/98, 11/10/98, 12/2/98.

Reported Cases

Dumas v. Adirondack Medical Center, 89 AD3d 1184 (3rd Dep't 2011)

Cromp v. Ahluwalia, 43 A.D.3d 1389 (4th Dep't 2007);

Ault v. Richman, 299 A.D.2d 613 (3rd Dep't 2002);

Schultz v. Pataki, 272 A.D.2d 758 (3rd Dep't 2002);

Parkinson v. Cozzolino, 238 F.3d 145 (2nd Cir. 2001);

Brownell v. R.P.S., 185 F.R.D. 19 (N.D.N.Y. 1999);

Wilmer v. Torian, 980 F. Supp. 106 (N.D.N.Y. 1997).


Outstanding Advocate, The American Association of Nurse Attorneys, October, 2003.

Litigation Section Award, 2005, The American Association of Nurse Attorneys.

2004 Rev. Dominic Ingemie Alumni Award for Christian Leadership, Spa Catholic, Saratoga Springs, N.Y.

Awards & Associations

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