Quote from traumaRUs
I think to present a balanced picture, one should consider that education and self-promotion are very important in the LNC career. I am NOT an LNC but have had to go to court multiple times as a witness r/t my job in the ER. I was always asked for my educational credentials and the attorneys always asked this as a matter of record. When I have asked why my education makes a difference, I was told (by several attorneys) that education is the great divider when it comes to court. Good luck.
There are also numerous threads on this listserve about lawyers who could care less if you have taken a class. The classes are not about LNC but marketing, contrary to what people promote, while marketing is important, it is not a cetification that you really know what you are doing. There is a certain learning curve with LNC, like anything else, that cannot be taught in either a 6 hour class, or one week "crash course".
Why do you need a class to teach you how to read medical records? Don't you do that every day? Are you illiterate and need to be taught to read? Lawyers need nurses who can read medical records with a critical eye, and be able to communicate the "meat" of the records to them in an understandable way. You also need to be able to write well, and communicate this in a written report. All of the overpriced legal nurse courses in the world will not buy you credibility with attorneys if you cannot do the above things. These skills are not for sale for any price.
I have NEVER been asked by an attorney if I have taken a "certification class" in LNC. They want to know if you have knowledge in a particular field (ex. Nursing homes), and can figure out "what the heck happened". Period.
Also, if you are reviewing a case out of you expertise, say OB, when you have worked only adult med surg, you have no business reviewing, and given opinions on a case where your expertise will be in question in a courtroom. Regardless if you have "purchased reports" from someone selling reports in differant specialties.
There are too many nurses who think if taking an LNC class will make up for lack of knowledge in a particular area of nursing, a lack of assertiveness, and inability to write well. You have to be pushy in a certain way to market to anyone. You have to be willing to do "cold calls", to attorneys, and not be crushed by rejection.
The AALNC (American Association of Legal Nurse Consultants- the ONLY LNC organization that is approved by the ANA), has wonderful marketing materials that you can purchase on line. They also have just started an on- line "Legal Nurse Course" that looks good, and I would recommend it. It is very reasonably priced, as is their books and marketing materials. It is done in modules, and they have just finished the second module. You purchase each module as you are ready to take it.
Too much "LNC Education", can also make you look like a "hired gun" to the opposing attorneys, and can work against you if you have to testify in a depostion, or in a courtroom. I hope that helps. PM me if ou have any questions.
Lindarn, RN ,BSN, CCRN