Legal Nurse Consultant

  1. Hello,

    Any suggestion on Legal Nurse as a career? I have done some research on responsibilities and where they can work.

    Salary wise: not really sure, some website says average salary is in the $70s, $30

    Does it worth looking into?

    What is the prospect on Legal Nurse Consultant?

    Currently enrolled in the BSN program - Does it worth me taking a break from school to obtain a certification in Legal Nursing?

    Thanks in advance.
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  2. 11 Comments

  3. by   elkpark
    Have you reviewed the threads here about the LNC biz? There are several with lots of info and discussion.
  4. by   Jules A
    Does anyone actually work in this field? Other than the one chick we all know who has published on it I can't say I have ever come across one.
  5. by   meanmaryjean
    And OP- you cannot become a legal nurse consultant until you are a nurse. An experienced nurse.
  6. by   joanna73
    I'm pretty sure our organization uses legal nurse consultants. There aren't very many and they usually have 20+ years of nursing experience, in addition to a second degree in law or business.

    Not something you can simply obtain certification in and expect to be marketable.
  7. by   sailornurse
    I know one. She was one of my former students. Recently ran into her, stated is not very busy doing consulting. Still working as RN full-time. She took that $4,000 course that is often advertised when you google LNC.
  8. by   roser13
    Quote from Jules A
    Does anyone actually work in this field? Other than the one chick we all know who has published on it I can't say I have ever come across one.
    Two co-workers took an expensive course, formed a corporation (legal fees) and ultimately couldn't make a go of it. Not enough business.
  9. by   RiskManager
    I occasionally get resumes from LNCs who think it qualifies them to be a risk manager, or ask me for referrals to my plaintiff counsel colleagues. I run into a fair number of people with 'LNC' behind their name, but I don't think any of them in this area (Seattle) are making a living at it.
  10. by   Been there,done that
    Take it orientation isn't going so well.

    Search the threads on this. I briefly considered it. The certification is pricey and few lawyers use nurses for experts.
  11. by   JustBeachyNurse
    You are a new grad starting your first job. You do not have the recommended 5-10 years specialty experience your competition will have. You need to be experienced, articulate, and well spoken/written to have credibility. The FAQ in the legal nursing forum explain the options.

    The advertised course is out to make money and the rates shown likely are her bill rates. An extreme few are successful after completing the VM course.
  12. by   Lindarn2015
    Thanks to everyone for the feedback, I will surely put your feedback into consideration as I make a decision.
  13. by   NRSKarenRN
    The Legal Nurse Consultant thread has much of the info you seek. At this time, LNC are numerous in many areas with little work Some have found work in Risk Managment positions in hospitals.

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