Never would hire an LNCC - page 2
by jamesshook2001 5,593 Views | 10 Comments
I stumbled onto this site by accident...I am glad I did. As a Registered Nurse that is also an attorney, I was facinated by this thread. I read nearly every post and found something disturbing. It seems that many nurses have... Read More
- 1Jun 7, '09 by foranemanQuote from jamesshook2001You are confusing legal nurse consultants with expert witnesses. They are two entirely different things. Legal nurse consultants work 'behind the scenes' reviewing cases for merit, organizing and evaluating medical records, preparing discovery, planning depositions, obtaining and interacting with expert witnesses, etc., etc. Their work is NOT discoverable unlike the work of an expert witness. LNCs work in-house and as independent consultants in law firms all across the country.I stumbled onto this site by accident...I am glad I did. As a Registered Nurse that is also an attorney, I was facinated by this thread. I read nearly every post and found something disturbing. It seems that many nurses have bought into the position of numerous LNC websites that implies to be a LNC there MUST be some sort special training. This is inaccurate (check the ANA's position paper re: LNC's). It is accurate that "to claim a LNCC there is special training required."
Speaking as an attorney, I would personally NEVER hire a LNCC, and for that matter, neither would any of the attorneys that I have spoken to about the matter. Like much in the legal field, litigation is all about perception. A LNCC in my opinion gives the impression of a "hired gun." This is NOT how I want a nurse to appear. I (and most attorneys I know) would MUCH rather have an experienced nurse that we can qualify as an expert on the stand. It is FAR more important to us what your experience as a nurse is than whether you are a LNC or LNCC.
This is not to say that you can't be both an experienced nurse and an LNC or LNCC. It is simply to point out that many attorneys prefer work experience as a nurse to qualify you as a expert (and make you highly credibile). In my opinion, just something to think about before sinking $3K-$15K for training that may or may not help.
Your point regarding 'perception' as a hired gun is very accurate when the expert witness is also an LNC. However since they are two different things, this is rarely encountered.