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  1. I have been looking up legal nurse consulting jobs online but can't find any real positions, any advice how to find jobs in this area?
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  3. by   tnbutterfly
    You may want to look into membership in AALNC which provides access to a nationwide network of more than 3,500 members. You can join one of 50 local chapters which may help locate job opportunities in your area.
  4. by   silmas RN
    I have seen LNC positions advertised in the classifieds.
  5. by   Havin' A Party!
    Never seen such an ad!
  6. by   ANurseDivided
    I am having the same problem. You would think that there would be a lot of positions because of the way that healthcare is now, but so such luck. Or if I do happen to stumble across a position, the employer wants all of these years of experience which I do not have seeing that I am just trying to get started in the field. It is really disheartening to say the least. Part of me has given up on the idea to be perfectly honest. I don't know if I have the personality to pursue a business on my own but I am really interested in the job.
  7. by   vltea
    [QUOTE=Mercy65;5891335]I have been looking up legal nurse consulting jobs online but can't find any real positions, any advice how to find jobs in this area?[/QUOTE

    I am having the same experiences. Can't seem to find any work in legal nursing. The university that I took the course in made it sound like there would be a lot of work. I basically have given up also. I have already invested too much money in it and have gotten no where - the course, business cards, mailings, stationary, web site, etc.
  8. by   lindarn
    In House LNC positions are rare. COnsultant LNC work is becoming hard to come by due to the overhyping of some overpriced LNC programs and owners.

    I have been told on more than one occasion, and by more than one attorney, that LNCs are a dime a dozen. It was a lucrative career when I started 15 years ago, but since then everybody and their brother wants to be an LNC.

    It is attractive, in that one does not need to go back to school, and start a new career, but you can take a short program, (if you want to- I didn't), work at home, claim your house as a tax deduction, (which I do), and make out pretty well.

    Alot has changed, the career field is over run and flooded with LNC wannabees. Bedside nursing has made nursing a less than attractive long term career choice. Nurses are running away from the bedside to what they perceive to be an easily attainable and lucrative career.

    If you do not have alot of quality bedside nursing experience, you will probably not be very successful as an LNC. If you cannot, "read beteen the lines", of medical records, and know what is going on in certain situations, you will not be successful as an LNC. You have to be able to write well, and be able to articulate your findings to an attorney who has probably not taken a science class since they were in the 8th grade.

    All of the high priced LNC programs will not buy your credibility with an attorney. There is alot of marketing that goes on to be successful. It is a business, and most nurses do not have the background to do that. There is too much low balling of LNC services by nurses who have no idea how to put a price on their education, knowledge, and expertise. You have to account in you fees, for taxes, which are not being taken out but what you will have to pay, insurance, supplies, your house or apartment to do your work, pay into your retirement plan, the utilities that run you equipment, and house, etc. As you can see, there is alot to consider when you come up with a fee. The IRS requires you to make a profit to call yourself a business. You cannot charge the $30 an hour that you make in the hospital, and expect to make a profit, and be able to meet IRS requirements.

    I hope that I have not scared anyone. There is alot of things that go into running a business. Again, I would look into taking inexpensive business classes at a local community college and meet with the Small Business Association to get some pointers.

    You can take inexpensive business classes at a local state community college, or meet with members of the Small Business Association, to learn from them.

    It is a long road to be an LNC.

    JMHO and my NY $0.02
    lindarn, RN, BSN, CCRN
    Somewhere in the PACNW
    Last edit by lindarn on Jan 25, '12
  9. by   Havin' A Party!
    Quote from lindarn
    ... the overhyping of some overpriced LNC programs and owners...
  10. by   DeadHeadRN
    The overhyping part is so true. I took the stupid course and haven't been able to find a job. My problem is that I've been an ED nurse for years and I was punched in the head by a psych pt one night, which resulted in 2 herniated discs in my cervical spine. I had my second surgery a month ago, and am not allowed to go back to a clinical position or at least a year according to my physician (frustrating! I'm miss the ED like crazy and can't WAIT to get back). So I desperately need a non-clinical nursing position and I am having no luck. I thought the LNC thing would be great, but I'm not finding anything. It's really annoying.
  11. by   sirI
    This is one of the hardest jobs I've ever done.

    It's not easy to market for cases.

    One thing I've found as I've mentored those considering the career choice, is they want a supplemented income, get out of bedside nursing, or get-rich-quick. These reasons never should be the motivating factor(s).

    Right now, educational preparation is not necessary to practice in the career. One must weigh the expense against the need. And, one must know that many come to this professional and fail. Again, it's hard. Very hard.
  12. by   Havin' A Party!
    Quote from sirI
    This is one of the hardest jobs I've ever done.

    It's not easy to market for cases... Again, it's hard. Very hard.
    IMHO, the above is the real deal.

    Unfortunately, the hype that gets the biggest publicity goes more to the tune of... "earn a much better living," "spend a lot more time with your family," "make $200 per hour," "vacation and cruise at your leisure," etc.

    (Quotes are created by me for this post. But everyone reading this has seen the themes of the ads published in all the mags, I'm sure.)

    And for a variety of reasons, many proceed on the marketing, slick images and the unreal pictures painted... sadly, at their peril.
  13. by   ANurseDivided
    Is it even worth while to try to pursue work in this field? I am all that interested in the "hype" of making $150/hr. I realize that those people are few and far in between. I am just really drawn to the nature of the work. I think that it fits me. It is really diappointing that it is so hard to get into.
  14. by   kellenl
    Have you thought of consulting for corporations? That is a BIG are of expertise here in the south. Lots of attorney's offices and insurance companies hire LPN's and RN's to "read" medical records and write a report of medical opinion and a care plan based on the state's insurance guidelines. (Milliman and Interqual in this state)