Quote from Rikomama
Hi. I have been considering to go into CLNC for long time and still haven't made up my mind yet. I know it requires lots of efforts and work and still not guranteed for success....it is not like working as RN in a hospital....not promised.
However, as I research more and hear from people here, I am more interested in this field and encouraged to step forward.
I am wondering which course for CLNC would be the best choice? I would love to hear from you guys.
Any advice/opnions would be appreciated...thanks.
Hello, Rikomama, and welcome to the Legal Nursing forum
Yes, you are correct. This is not a "get rich quick without any effort" career path. Many enter into this career thinking it is, however, and are greatly disappointed.
Thoroughly examine your own reasons as to why you want to be an LNC. This is the first piece of advice I give the RN interested.
To address your questions:
My concerns are:
1. My experience is only four years in acute hospital med/surg and kidney transplant area.
2. It sounds marketing does have a significant key to success....do you know anything about Hawaii area??
3: English is my second language....I am not sure about writing legal documents...
#1 - I always advise the RN to have at least 3 to 5 years of experience. I think you are fine.
#2 - Yes, marketing is the key to success. Must have thick skin and be able to suffer many disappointments, doors shut, attorneys uninterested and unwilling to give you the time of day. But, if you are persistent and unwavering, you can break into the career. I have no information regarding Hawaii.
#3 - If you have difficulty communicating, I suggest that you brush up on your English language skills. You probably would do well to purchase (now) the text, Legal Nurse Consulting: Principles & Practice - 2nd Edition text,
and it will also help you as you research this career. The American Association of Legal Nurse Consultants
(AALNC) has (for purchase) example documents/case studies to review/study and will give you an idea of what to expect. Also, an excellent litigation software product will enable you to create a professional document/work product.
As for "which CLNC would be the better choice". There is only one entity where you can be CLNC and that is the Vickie Milazzo program. Once you complete that program and pass the certification examination, you are CLNC (Certified Legal Nurse Consultant). And, this is only
for the Milazzo program.
To be LNC (Legal Nurse Consultant), there are several educative entities; some confer certification, others do not. You must research to see which one is a good fit for you. Please check out this sticky thread in this forum about the AALNC and Milazzo programs: AALNC and Milazzo Legal Nurse Consulting Programs
Once again, good luck with your decisions and if you have other questions, please post here and/or send me a private message.