starting legal nursing

  1. I have so many questions, even after googling and reading around.

    From what I understand, with legal nursing, you don't get accredited until after you have hours under your belt and plenty of experience. But when I look at jobs for consulting, all they want are accredited and experienced people.

    1. how do I get this experience [without said accrediation]?
    2. If I have only worked in the OR my entire career, is that enough? I assume it is since many nurses don't know much about the OR, but it still seems limited to me.
    3. How can I get training on making reports etc, not accreditation [just so I can get started appropriately]?
    4. If I'm starting out part time, and honestly just trying to get experience in the field, what do I charge? I have 7 years of OR experience in many many hospitals since I'm a traveler. My focus is only in one thing, but my experience there is very strong.

    Hoping for some answers because this is something I want to do but I dont know where to start to be honest! Thank you
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  2. 5 Comments

  3. by   sirI
    Welcome to allnurses.com

    I think what you are wanting to know is about certification, not accreditation.

    One does not have to be certified in order to work as a Legal Nurse Consultant.

    The American Association of Legal Nurse Consultants (AALNC) requires 2000 hours of work as an LNC in the past 5 years before being allowed to sit for their certification.

    Please check out this Article on experience. You will find many of your questions addressed/answered: RN Experience when Considering the Legal Nurse Consultant Career

    Also, many other threads/Articles can be found in the FAQ section that you will find helpful.

    Good luck.
  4. by   ccraig0034
    Quote from sirI
    Welcome to allnurses.com

    I think what you are wanting to know is about certification, not accreditation.

    One does not have to be certified in order to work as a Legal Nurse Consultant.

    The American Association of Legal Nurse Consultants (AALNC) requires 2000 hours of work as an LNC in the past 5 years before being allowed to sit for their certification.

    Please check out this Article on experience. You will find many of your questions addressed/answered: RN Experience when Considering the Legal Nurse Consultant Career

    Also, many other threads/Articles can be found in the FAQ section that you will find helpful.

    Good luck.

    ok, yes, I meant certification. And I understand that it's not necessary [and not even possible] in the beginnig. But if I cant take those classes from the beginning, what can I do so I can at least learn how to do this and gain experience?? Everyone wants someone who has been certified when I'm looking online at jobs. I don't see any classes or anything geared to someone like me who is looking to break into the field. It all just ends up at those two sites for those courses.
  5. by   sirI
    You can take classes to be educated as an LNC if you wish. Classes are geared to the novice as well as those already in the field. They will be exactly what you are looking for starting from the bottom up.

    Check out the FAQ link I gave you above. I have covered a lot of the information I think you want about education to become an LNC as well as certification later on if you desire.

    Also, check out the AALNC link about education as an LNC.

    I am surprised that the jobs you've looked at require certification. The vast majority of Attorneys I've worked with only want those with RN experience.
    Last edit by sirI on Jan 11, '16
  6. by   bklynbaby
    Hi

    I'm a NP looking to go into the field.

    I have come across job posts for LNCs and one thing Ive noticed is they all want legal nurse experience atleast 1 year experience. How do you approach these lawyers?

    As far as education and certification, I have yet to see a job posting that had it listed as a requirement. I have seen ads that state they want atleast 7years of ICU/ER experience. I'm not sure if your OR experience puts you at a disadvantage.
  7. by   JenMacBSN
    I know this is an old post but I'm hoping to get some info. I'll be starting a LNC program next month. I'm not sure how much or what kind of research LNCs do, but I keep coming across items that seem to be something I should kerp. For example, the Nurse Practice Acts of my area (DC), and articles covering areas like proper documentation. What do you guys think?

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