CCRN looking towards JD - page 2

Greetings Everyone! I am currently a practicing CCRN working in a combined ICU (ie, we see it all, from GSWs, to CRRT, to CABGs, to Cranes). I've been working in this unit since I graduated with my BSN about 5 years ago. I... Read More

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    I've been looking at the exact same program-I thought about legal nurse consulting, but some of the certification programs seem wishy-washy to me, and Loyola is a great school and a great health system. I am looking at applying next spring, so let me know how it goes!
    Last edit by NayRN on Mar 26, '12

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    I realize this thread is several months old but I wanted to share my experience. I began law school after being an RN for seven years. I graduated in the top half of a Tier One law school with a solid 3.5 GPA. I had great references, worked at a legal clinic for two semesters, and spent two summers as a Certified Legal Intern.

    Three years later I am working as a nurse and have a student loan payment which would pay for a large house and a Mercedes. The education that I received was invaluable and I am a much more effective nurse. I learned, however, that a nursing degree does not help one obtain a legal position and has indeed hindered me in some ways. I have theories as to why but would be speculating if I shared them

    The legal job market stinks, the starting salaries are horrible, and representing clients is no picnic. HOWEVER, I enjoyed law school, and having a law degree and passing the bar is an accomplishment of which I am very proud. I would recommend performing a lot of research about the law school's bar passage rates, true legal employment statistics, and the employment in the market area where one wishes to practice before making that commitment.

    Once my student loans are paid off, I plan on returning to grad school for a dual MS in public policy/MSN on a nursing PhD track.
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    I could have written this myself! I'm a second career nurse, even completed the first year of didactic in a CRNA program, but left because of the inept way it was being run, and not being ready, and a discussion with the director of the program--back at the bedside in smallish ICUs, it's been difficult to get to where I SHOULD be to reapply to anesthesia school. On a whim, I started to consider the JD. I worked with a JD/CCRN in my last ICU, and was always amazed that she'd be still at the bedside, but she had her good reasons.

    Anyway, I'm also discouraged at the news--reading the advice here and the does not bode well for the bsn/jd combo, does it?

    Just wondering if you went into something else, are still at the bedside, changed your mind about CRNA (as I think I'm doing) or what you decided.

    Good luck, whatever it is!
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    As for legal nurse consulting, you're right that a number of the "prep courses" and "certifications" stink. The ABNS only approves one the LNCC, and you know (or maybe you don't) how very strict they are about approving nursing certifications. Contact the AALNC for more information. I agree, this is a lot more fun than being a new law grad and the attys really appreciate our expertise.
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    I am one of those JDs that quit and went to nursing school to be a "glorified grunt." I practiced law for 20 years, hated every minute of it. I love nursing. I help people every day. I don't feel like a grunt at all. If I did, I wouldn't be doing this.

    But if you feel like a grunt as a nurse, I can tell you that you will hate being a lawyer. Working 100 hour weeks (no overtime pay) for some jerk of a senior partner, being on email 24/7, doing all-nighters to rewrite a brief for the 4th time . . . that is what you can expect. There are lawyers out there who feel like they are fighting the good fight, and doing something positive for the world, but they are few and far between.
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