I am currently working in the Quality Improvement field, and right as I took this job, I took a weekend course entitled "Become a Professional Legal Nurse Consultant." The course was GREAT and at the end I was certified. They offered an additional internship, which I am taking advantage of, which walks you through the steps of setting up your business, advertising, and so on.
Originally, I took the course thinking it would help me at my new job (I was fairly clueless as to what the actual day-to-day work would be in quality). I did quite a bit of auditing charts and participating on improvement committees at my former job as an assistant nurse manager/interim manager, which is what led me to seek out quality improvement. I loved reading charts, and I love helping other people do their jobs optimally.
As it turns out, I am quite excited about LNC as a career. As I work through this internship I am more and more excited about finding my first case and seeing what it's REALLY all about. And the extra money will be a nice benefit too
To answer your question more completely, I have been in the nursing field as and RN with a BSN for 9 years. I worked in a neonatal ICU for a year, then in a Level 1 adult trauma center for 2 years, then in an interventional radiology department for 4 years (mostly as assistant manager). Each job/position I left for a variety of reasons; ability to work days vs. nights, physical demands, administrative stress/being overworked and undersupported, etc. However, through it all, I do have to say nursing is a blessed profession. We get paid pretty darn great. I don't know ANYONE else who has the flexibility to change jobs the way we do. Or the opportunities we do to learn so much about so many different aspects of medical care, humanity, administration, quality, and now for me, the legal profession!