Quote from vidara
i'm concerned regarding my experience before becoming lnc.
per vmi, 3 years is enough for her training. i see other threads that seem to contradict that. also, i insisited on speaking with a current mentor (free 30 minutes consultation) with someone that didn't come with a string of letters behind their name - as i don't have that. i see many others have work experience as a nurse but are also have an mba or have prior experience managing nursing homes, etc...
i have worked as an emt for 6 years and was driving for acls paramedics. i have and associates degree in nursing w/ 2.5 years experience on a medicine unit at a magnum recognized hospital and was charge nurse within 6 months.
i have been working for the past year in home health care and was nominated employee of the month in april 08(finally feeling recognized).
i have a total of rn experience of 3.5 yrs.
my current job is salaried (40 hrs a week) but i am actually working 75 average. my biggest problem is that i am such a stickler for acurate charting and i document, document, document. [early training from emt days - if it wasn't documented, it wasn't done!!].
i feel this perfectionistic drive in my charting would make me better able to zero in on missing domcumentation, and of course, makes me a better report writer. i learned a great deal about medicine before nursing school from reading charting as an emt. i have no inhibitions about approaching/marketing myself to lawyers - how could that be any more difficult than dealing with doctors?
i have learned to be self motivated w/charting after working in hhc - and have learned that i do better anywhere other than home. laptop work in restaurants, libraries, bookstores, the park - keeps me focused.
i realize that i will have to continue to work in the field to maintain current practices but this may necessitate going part-time to have any free hours in my week. loss of income would not be an option after funding this education for lnc.
my question is this- based on my listed experience, does it seem sufficient to market myself? i see many of the other nurses have worked in innumerable areas - moving from or to ortho, to pediatrics etc....
i can say that i have a broad range of illnesses in all my past history: from 'asthma to aids' on the medicine floor, many many sick cases plus emergent situations on the ambulance. i've learned a great deal about wound care and post-op ortho/joint care in hhc and i case-manage with pt/ot/st/sw.
wow! after putting it in writing - it starts to look like i have a list too!
but i have acquired it in only 2 positions. the big question is, 'is my experience enough?'
hello, vidara, and welcome to allnurses.com
glad you found us; good to have you with us. and, good to read of your interest as lnc.
i always advise the rn seeking the lnc career to have at least a minimum
of 3 years experience. i'm sure you are ready to pursue the career.
please check out (research) other avenues of lnc education to be adequately informed before you make a final decision to pursue one entity.
check out the threads here in the legal nursing forum regarding other avenues.
good luck with your decisions and we hope you enjoy allnurses.com!!