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What is your set-up?
Do you have an actual room (office, extra bedroom, den, basement, attic, etc) that is only your office? Or do you have yourself set up in a corner of a room?
What are the must-haves for an LNC's home office?
What things are ideal to have, but not necessarily necessary? (Wordy. LOL.)
How do you function? As a full-time LNC not practicing as an RN elsewhere, do you keep full-time office hours (9-5ish Mon-Fri) or do you work when you feel like working (night-owls, etc)?
And as LNC's who are still working as RNs in the hospital or other settings, how do you balance your clinical job with your LNC work? Do you work full-time and work on LNC cases on your off-days, or do you only work part-time or PRN and pick up hours while you are not working on 1+ cases at a time?
I have one roomed delegated as my office. Complete with desk, chair, PC (although I use my laptop almost exclusively), fax, printers (2), copy machine/scanner, shredder, bookcases, medical and nursing books/journals. (all necessary)
I go to this office to do my work. No TV, refrig, couch, etc. It's strictly to work. I sometimes dress for work (note I said sometimes - you should get in the habit of "going to work" for it gives you structure and you are less likely to "goof off" and be unproductive).
I structure my hours. I start very very early in the day ( around 0400 - when no one is awake) to complete work when I really need "quiet" time. I then start about 0830 (approx. 30 minutes before attorneys arrive at their offices and in plenty of time to contact their staff should I need to address something with them).
Since I am the boss, I allow for breaks as needed. (LOL - my boss is very very nice and easy-going). I allow myself a break at 1400 for nothing more than to indulge in a soap opera for an hour. Yes, sometimes work gets in the way (meetings with clients, partner, etc.), but if no deadlines/meetings, etc., I am "unavailable" for that hour.
I end my day around 1600. I normally work M - F, but often I'm trying to meet an attorney's deadline and must work 7 days a week.
I still teach on the weekends, conduct medical-legal seminars/attend/exhibit at legal conventions during the week, and do part-time NP work as I desire.