Certified Legal Nurse Consultants: An invaluable component for any medically related law suit! Tired of deciphering mounds of medical records? With over 30 years of combined experience as a nurse and a mid-level provider, I can efficiently interpret and translate medical records, policies and procedures. Critiquing medical records is second nature! Combining your legal expertise and my medical knowledge could be pivotal to your case.

Deb Spinner, MS, CRNP, CLNC

In 2018, Nurse Practitioner Deb Spinner founded Deborah Nightingale Consulting to serve the legal community through evaluation, research and analysis of cases involving medical issues.  Deb has more than 30 years of combined experience as a nurse and a mid-level provider, with extensive expertise in the areas of Medical/Surgical, Obstetrics, Gynecology, Labor & Delivery and In-patient/Out-patient Care.

Deb’s nursing career was inspired by her mother Marie, who always dreamed of becoming a nurse, but instead chose to stay home to raise her children.  Making her mother’s dream her own, Deb obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing in 1986 and her Master’s Degree in 2001, both from the University of Maryland School of Nursing.  

Marie passed away in 2014, but her legacy continues to shape her daughter’s career path.  Marie had a life-long love of flowers and created daylilies named after those near and dear to her heart.  Among them is “Deborah Nightingale,” a beautiful near-white daylily in honor of Deb and her passion for nursing.    

Florence Nightingale was the pioneer of nursing and was responsible for developing the standard of care to which all medical professionals are held accountable.  In medical litigation, Deborah Nightingale Consulting carefully evaluates the applicable standard of care and skillfully analyzes medical claims in accordance with that standard.

As a certified legal nurse consultant, Deb saves attorney clients valuable time and resources by efficiently screening cases for merit, effectively critiquing medical records and providing critical analysis of medical claims.  Deb’s experience and CLNC services are an invaluable asset to your medical litigation team.

The Deborah Nightingale

A hybridized daylily, created by the late mother of Deborah Nightingale Consulting founder Deb Spinner, to honor her daughter's career and dedication to the nursing tradition.


Florence Nightingale was born in Florence Italy on May 12, 1820, the child of an affluent British family. At the young age of 16, Florence knew her divine purpose was nursing. Despite her parent’s objection, she enrolled in nursing school in Germany in 1844 and, after several years of education and training, she returned to England to find it sickened by the Cholera outbreak. At that time, Florence made it her mission to improve hygiene practices which subsequently decreased the death rate by two thirds.

In 1853 the Crimean War began. At the request of the Secretary of War Sidney Herbert, Florence Nightingale organized a corp of nurses to care for the sick and fallen soldiers. During this time, she established hospital policies and developed guidelines for the standard of care. In 1856, the Crimean War was over and Florence returned to England where she received a hero’s welcome which included an engraved brooch from the Queen and $250,000 from the British government for her efforts.

It was from her experience in the Crimean War that led Florence to write an 830-page report proposing hospital reform. In 1857, the Royal Commission for the Health of the Army was founded and in 1859, she published The Notes on Hospitals, which was an outline of how to properly run civilian hospitals.  In 1860, Florence used the money that she received from the British government to build St. Thomas’ Hospital and Training School for nurses, later known as The Nightingale School of Nursing.

By age 38, Florence was bedridden from the Crimean Fever, but continued advocating for health care reform. Throughout the rest of her life, she was revered as the pioneer of modern nursing for devoting her life to preventing disease and ensuring safe and compassionate care to the poor and suffering. She was the first woman to receive the “Order of Merit” from The Order of St. John of Jerusalem and was later known as the “Lady of Grace.” She is considered the foundational philosopher of modern nursing and changed the view on nursing to be that of a respectable career for well bred ladies.

Florence died in London in 1910 but her legacy remains on the banks of the Thames River, opposite the House of Parliament, in the Florence Nightingale museum. The museum sits on the site of the original school of nursing and houses over two thousand artifacts commemorating her life and career.