Nearly all industries have them. From medicine to technology. Expert Practice Consultants (EPCs), also known as Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) are bona fide experts in a particular field who are called upon to provide guidance or counsel, and sometimes expert testimony in lawsuits or other legal matters.
Typically, EPCs have developed proficiency in their career after a great deal of immersion in their particular field over a period of time. Many EPCs have advanced degrees in their area of specialization and maintain continuous study in their profession as required for licensure.
The California Board of Registered Nursing (BRN) is actively recruiting EPCs who are experts that specialize in various areas from emergency room to risk management.
An EPC plays a crucial role in the investigation process of an enforcement case. By providing an objective, reasoned and impartial evaluation of the matter, the EPC is primarily concerned with whether there was a departure from the standard of nursing practice.
These experts must meet the specific criteria set by BRN and possess a current and active California RN license devoid of any disciplinary action.
EPCs have day jobs and their responsibilities are very specific as they serve in this capacity for a limited term.
Duties include case review, preparation and creation of an expert report and possibly, testifying at an administrative hearing.
Sound interesting? For more information about EPCs or if you are interested in performing a greater service for the State of California by becoming one, you can view BRN’s new brochure Become An Expert Practice Consultant or contact the board via phone (916) 322-3350 or email Expert.BRN@dca.ca.gov.