New with a million questions about LNC - page 2

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Hello, I am new to the allnurses community and stumbled across this section on legal consultant nursing. This is a field I am extremely interested in but I have no idea where to start. Growing up I always planned on being a... Read More


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    Sorry about the delay.

    I think computerized charting is the devil's handiwork. It's often really hard to find what you want, a lot of times the pages I get to review are blank except for a few words or numbers (and maybe no dates or names ... what the heck is that?), and it's hard to find a useful flow sheet to give you a sense of what's happening. Still, we shoulder on. I make chronologies for my own edification using a database I made with a general database program (not an expensive one published just for the purpose-- you can spend thousands on those if you want and they do look nifty, but I've never worked c an atty who says he wishes I had used one or insists on it).

    The people I know who are primarily LNCs are mostly employed in-house by atty firms. They do not testify, because, well, they're employed by the atty firm and cannot be considered to be impartial as their salaries depend on the success of the firm.

    The ones who are independents get most of their work from word of mouth-- get one or two satisfied clients, and they call again, and recommend you to their buds. The rest is sorta "cast your bread upon the waters," Get on LinkedIn and update your profile regularly-- people search that; join a few groups there and post regularly, get your name known. The AANLNC website has a place to list yourself, and people search there. There are other sites for experts (yeah, you'd be that)-- I don't know if I'm allowed to mention them because they are businesses-- they charge a coupla hundred bucks a year to list you, but you make that back if you get one case from them. I always ask, "Where did you get my name?" and it runs about 25% "on the internet, your website," 25% from one of the sites I just mentioned, and about half from established clients, colleagues, or former clients who recommended me. I cast a lot of bread, and every now and then it comes back. I just got a case from a colleague who needed help for someone in her family.

    Most states have mandatory CE for attorneys (not, alas, mine). They are always looking for somebody new to present-- call up the local bar association or the liability atty association or whatever and get on the schedule. Have a table at the bar association meetings. Attend to listen to the program and then network and schmooze. Most folks find it takes around 5 yrs to build a practice, so don't quit your day job until you absolutely have no time to do it anymore .

    As to distance work, most of us who are independents get a lot of work electronically from remote-ish clients. I have done work for clients I have never met face-to-face. I'm doing three of those now. You need an RN license to be an LNC, but since you are working in a business environment and not doing personal nursing assessments or delivering/coordinating/providing care, you don't need a licence in every state where your clients live.

    Hope that's helpful. I know sirI is an LNC too, and perhaps she'll chime in.
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    I have 36 years' experience as a nurse and am a practicing legal nurse consultant. I have only been deposed twice and I will tell you that the 2nd time, the attorney ripped me to shreds! Had nothing to do with the case-it was all about me and my resume, my experience, my emotional status, how long I lived at my house........you get the picture.........just enough to rattle me to the point where when he did get around to asking questions about the case, I tripped over my own words like I just stepped out of nursing school! Do yourself a favor-get some experience under your belt before entering the legal business. The best part of the job is the medical record review and report writing-which I excel at-but I'm still learning how to stay cool, calm, and collected when it comes to being put on the stand and backing up the facts with my years of experience!
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    Deposition is anything-goes. They can ask you the same question a dozen times over, ask you all sorts of unrelated stuff (like your house and your emotional status, LOL) and a lot of other foolishness that they cannot ask you in court. Remember that, smile sweetly, and use the same words every time you answer the same question, and you'll make them crazy. I like to remember that when I'm starting to feel testy.
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    I am a Nurse Attorney currently. I went to law school straight from nursing school and I worked night shift in the NICU (4 years NICU experience) while getting my law degree. I currently work in a law firm as their in-house nurse attorney (been here 2 years) where I do a lot more legal nurse consultant duties rather than attorney projects. I do all the record reviews, timelines, deal with experts, etc.

    I am seriously getting tired of the 9-5 life and I want to branch out in to independent consulting. Networking is the key!
    Last edit by sirI on Jul 29, '13


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