Yes, I have done it. I have been an RN for 20 years and I wanted to utilize my medical background with a legal career. At the time, I needed federal financial aid and the LNC courses did not offer it, so I took the regular ABA paralegal course. And yes, it was a paralegal course that required you to already have a degree [of any kind]. There was no special emphasis on medical malpractice, I had to use my background and knowledge for that myself. I chose a plaintiff medical malpractice law firm for my internship and I was hired after graduation. I have worked in med-mal and insurance defense firms. I currently work in product liabiltiy. I have been called both a nurse paralegal and legal nurse consultant by attorneys. So, yes it can be done but you need to consider it as having a second career/degree and not as you described it RN to paralegal as they are separate entities. There are several LNC courses out there with emphasis on the approved title of legal nurse consultant for RN's. Either one will likely work for you, depending on what exactly you want to do. Some lawfirms will hire a registered nurse and not care if you have legal experience at all. They are looking for your ability to review medical records and assist with summaries, chronologies and standard of care issues. Now that being an LNC is more recognizable, I sometimes wish I had been able at the time to take a LNC course, though I don't believe it would have made a difference for me
in the long run. LNC courses make sure it is understood that a legal nurse consultant is not a paralegal or legal assistant. Understand the distinction and decide what title you can live with and what you want to do. If I had to do it over again, I would have taken an LNC approved course for nurses so that I could become certified as a legal nurse consultant. If I want to become certified now, I would have to take the classes and I already have the knowledge so it would be a waste of time and money in my situation. Believe it or not, in the region of the US that I live in, nursing jobs
are scarce and I always have my paralegal certification to fall back on. Personally, I didn't like working as a paralegal, I didn't like all the secretarial type duties involved but at the time, it was a job and it did entail a lot of medical and billing summaries, but there were regular paralegals doing the same thing. The attorneys will come to you with your knowledge base and ask questions about cases that are not even yours, so it can become an even heavier load. Look at the AALNC and the NALNC websites and do your homework first. Good luck. Let me know if you have any other questions.