Quote from emmybsu
i was just wondering about the type and years of experience you would need before considering taking the education from kaplan, vicki, or other certification programs? i have been looking at the programs and the information for the past year. the certification programs state at least 5 years. i haven't seen any time frame on vicki's site. i have spoken with people that have said that you really don't need any experience.
thank you for your time and response. i enjoy reading what you have to post. very informational.
thank you. i appreciate the kind words.
i would never consider doing this job without experience. just wouldn't make much sense. how can anyone offer their professional services as a consultant stating they know how a prudent nurse should conduct themself in certain situation if that individual has never worked in similar situations?
the clients to whom you market will want to know what type of experience you have and if you can help them. if you have zero experience, you will not be taken seriously.
sure, some rns will go into this field with zero experience and although i have no stats to back me up, i would think the overwhelming majority will fail to be successful consultants.
the aalnc (american association of legal nurse consultants) certification requires the applicant to have been working as an lnc 5 years and proof of 2000 hours working as an lnc in the past 3 years in order to sit for the exam. but, this certification exam does not prepare the individual to practice as an lnc. this is only for additional verification of added excellence.
there are several avenues of education for the rn to seek lnc.
keiser college lnc program
there are others that i have not listed, but, these are the ones most rns seek.
i am considering the aalnc certification at a later date.
so, i gather you are interested as well? please elaborate on what you envision for yourself.