Unfortunately, the Legal Nurse Consulting field has become saturated with LNCs, due to the heavy marketing by the, "Amway of Legal Nurse Consulting" program. And all the other programs that have jumped on the bandwagon.
You see the ads in nursing magazines all the time-"Make $150 and hour and kiss those 12 hour shifts good by!!"
It used to be a lucrative profession, and many nurses did make a good living at it. All I hear now is, "Legal Nurse are a dime a dozen". And they are right.
You do not need to spend $6000+ to "learn how to be a Legal Nurse Consultant". You can read medical records, you know if something is not right. Why do you need to spend $6000+ to learn what you already know.
If you have never worked in Critical Care, or as an OR nurse, you have no business reviewing those cases. All of the overpriced legal nurse programs, will not buy credibility with attorneys.
As stated above, the AALNC has a wonderful on-line program, and they have great and very useful books. They are ALL very reasonably proced. There is no need to promise your firstborn child, or take out loans, to purchase a Legal Nurse Program. That should be a red flag.
Most of the program you are considering taking is really marketing, not legal nursing. Legal Nursing is reading medical records for an attorney. You can take marketing and business classes at a local community college, for far less money. You can also contact the local Small Business Organization in your community, and ask to meet with them. They are very helpful, and they are FREE!
You can contact a Paralegal Program at a Community College, and ask about taking some classes, to learn about the law. I recommend Torts, Administrative Law, Insurance Law, The Law of Business Organizations, Environmental Law, Evidence, Legal Writing, Legal Research, to name a few. It was a little overwhelming at first, because it was something new, but once I got the hang of it, they were easy.
Save your money for purchasing business letterhead, business cards, marketing, and setting up a business. JMHO and my NY $0.02.
Lindarn, RN, BSN, CCRN
Somewhere in the PACNW
PM me and I can tell you what other classes I have taken. It is late, and I am tired. I hope that helps.