Hi everyone, this is such a great site!
I have been 'lurking' for awhile...finally thought I'd get into the swing of things and sign up!
Anyway, I am an experienced RN...15yrs, and about 8mos ago a friend, who is a paralegal referred me to the attorney she works for. They just lost their full time in-house LNC, and they needed chart review. I had not done that before, but had been thinking about getting certified, have been doing a lot of research, etc. So, I started, and then took a couple of online courses....etc.
Well, the work was sporadic...I didn't hear anythng after the 1st case, which, by the way, got 'rave' reviews! So 2-3mos go by, I proceed to get a F/T job, Nurse Manager gig, Mon-Fri. All of a sudden they had 3 cases for me and all sorts of extra request....meeting w/clients, conducting interviews, etc, and they wanted to offer me a job 'in-house'.
Great, I thought...the hours would be flexible, I could still work from some of the time, etc. So I planned on attending more courses, getting certified, etc.
Well, I finally got to meet w/the attorney, who had had been hemming and hawing about actually meeting w/me to discuss the logistics of the position.
Come to find out, they wanted me not only to do the nurse consultant duties, including ALL the bells and whistles, but they also wanted me to do some 'paralegal/legal secretary' duties, casue one had just quit! And, get this....no guaranteed hours, I was to be in the office minimum 3 days per week, but only get paid on a 'contract' basis....meaning I had to have 'billable' hours to justify my being there. And, they were only offerring me $35/hr for this job!!!! And I live in California... I happen to know the attorney's bill rate is around $300/hr!
She wouldn't budge on any of my terms....money, hours, benefits...nada!!
So, I turned it down....I'm making way more than that at my 'real' job.
Now my friend, the legal secretary, has a huge attitude w/me!
Anyway, bummer, but I was hoping to get some feedback from the experts....
Aug 24, '08
Thanks for the reply and the welcome! Like I said...this is a great community!
It is true that in-house LNC's make less than independent, 'consultants', for sure. I feel the same....this attorney is trying to fill 2 jobs w/one, getting someone to do legal secretary work, and also the benefit having an RN.
I'm not quite sure why my friend got an attitude....could be some kind of 'loyalty' to her boss, or perhaps she was counting on me to take some of her work load....not sure.
I was already in process of doing the online aalnc program, so I hear 'ya about pursuing the education.
Thanks again for the reply!
Quote from sirI
Hello and Welcome to allnurses.com
Good to have you with us.
Most in-house LNCs do not command a huge salary, despite what the attorneys make. So, that figure could possibly be in-line with what is paid. I have no idea, however, what LNCs in-house make in CA. You need to research this and find out.
As for what duties they were going to have you do, it appears to me they wanted "cheap labor" and combine two positions by doing so. Don't blame you at all turning it down.
And, your "friend" will just have to decide that your decisions are you own......sorry that she is acting this way.
If you are seriously considering doing this, I always advise the RN to seek formal education. There are several avenues/entities. Check out the threads here. The most popular educative avenues are AALNC online program, the Milazzo program, and LNC STAT.
Good luck with your decisions. If you have further questions/concerns, please post here.
And, we hope you enjoy allnurses.com
Last edit by redhotchilepepper on Aug 24, '08