Would I be a good candidate to start LNC?

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    Hello there!

    I am currently in an RN program for my ADN. I graduate in May. I worked at ** ******** in the OR as a PCT for 6 months and I most recently worked as a PCT in Neurology at **** Clinic for 6 months (resigned to finish out my last term in the RN program). I currently work as a Medical Transcriptionist and have for the past 9 years. Since I have been working with medical records for so long (albeit mostly radiology reports), could that be used in lieu of 'floor nursing' experience to get into the biz of being an LNC? I do plan on taking the LNC courses to get more of a 'legal procedures' perspective.

    I know what I do not want to do...floor nursing. I cannot stress enough how much I admire floor nurses and their dedication to patient care. It's just not something I am interesting in. I am hoping my many years of QA and transcribing medical reports for patient's charts will give me an 'in' I can use for this type of nursing career...what say you?
    Last edit by Esme12 on Jan 17, '13 : Reason: TOS/no employer identifiers

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    Unfortunately, you are VERY UNQUALIFIED, to do Legal Nurse Consulting. You have NO practical experience in bedside nursing, or ANY nursing experience at all.

    Attorneys hire nurses for their education, experience, and expertise. You may have a nursing education, but, you have none of the experience that an attorneys needs. Medical Malpractice cases are VERY expensive for an attorney to litigate. There are ALOT of out of pocket expenses that an attorney has to pay up front, and out of pocket, before he/she, and take the case to trial. And there is NO guatantee that they are going to win, and recoup their losses. I can promise you, they they are not interested in a new grad with no experience, and do not want to pay someone $100/hr,+, to learn on the job. Attorneys hire nurses because THEY have NO medical education, or experience, so why would they hire a new grad, who also has no experience. That is like the blind leading the blind.

    There is more to Legal Nurse Consulting, that reading medical records. What is the usual practice on a particular nursing specialty or unit? What is the usual course of recovery of a particular disease, surgery, the complications, etc? No, Medical Transciption is NOT BEDSIDE NURSING EXPERIENCE!

    Again, you have NO experience that an attorney would be interested in as a new grad, with NO experience, other that a supervised, student nurses clinical.

    I am sorry that you are not happy about having to do, "floor nursing", "pay your dues", and obtain credible, hospital experience, that my include working nights, weekends, holiday, etc. That is the life of a nurse. You should have researched the nursing profession, say, following a nurse for a day, before you took the plunge and went to nursing school.

    Unfortunately, the, "nice jobs, with better hours", are usually reserved for nurses with bedside, nursing, experience, not nursing student, Medical Transcription", experience.

    You are going to have to re-evaluate your career goals, and decide what you want to do in nursing. I can assure you, that at least one year of bedside nursing, is going to be a requirement. Sorry!

    JMHO and my NY $0.02.
    Lindarn, RN, BSN, CCRN
    Somewhere in the PACNW
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    On a more gentle note, unfortunately the previous post is correct, you need experience. I wish you all the best with your future and hope you find your true calling
    GleeGum, Diva_nurse, michele742, and 2 others like this.
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    Nothing beats (or substitutes for) actual clinical nursing experience -- that's what makes LNCs valuable and marketable.
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    @ Michelle, I'm a nurse for 23 years a nurse practitioner for 16 of those years and legal nurse for about 2.5 years. Legal nursing is tough. You must really know your stuff and have nursing experience. Even with my extensive background there are times I have doubt. So with that said yes you need.clinical.experience. if you don't want to do med surg there are other avenues like doctors office home care school nursing psych etc. Once you get your experience you can "specialize" in that are of legal nursing. I focus my area in legal nursing to long term care and home care, but do some med surg too, but I do have experience there. Sorry you had to be exposed to the previous nasty writer. I understand where she comes from but she did not have to verbalize it that way. Good luck.
    Last edit by Esme12 on Jan 17, '13
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    It's very helpful, if you want to work in the legal arena, to be able to differentiate "nasty" and "hard truth." There's a lot of hard truth to be encountered in legal nursing (BTW, recommend you eventually seek LNCC certification, because it's the only one with ANCC approval). You cannot take it as "nasty," unless it's personal; since this is an anonymous forum, it can't be.

    Lindarn is right. The OP is completely unqualified to do legal nurse consulting; no attorney would look at her resume for more than ten seconds. I would hazard a guess that of all the LNCs I know none has less than 15 years of clinical experience. Fifteen. Years. Of. Clinical. Experience. Record reviews are good but they are so not clinical. If so, anyone could be a nurse on just reading.

    Perhaps the OP will be a terrific some-other-kind-of-nurse-not-bedside someday. Just ... not quite yet.
    Last edit by GrnTea on Jan 17, '13
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    Quote from michele742
    Hello there!

    I am currently in an RN program for my ADN. I graduate in May. I worked at ** ******** in the OR as a PCT for 6 months and I most recently worked as a PCT in Neurology at **** Clinic for 6 months (resigned to finish out my last term in the RN program). I currently work as a Medical Transcriptionist and have for the past 9 years. Since I have been working with medical records for so long (albeit mostly radiology reports), could that be used in lieu of 'floor nursing' experience to get into the biz of being an LNC? I do plan on taking the LNC courses to get more of a 'legal procedures' perspective.

    I know what I do not want to do...floor nursing. I cannot stress enough how much I admire floor nurses and their dedication to patient care. It's just not something I am interesting in. I am hoping my many years of QA and transcribing medical reports for patient's charts will give me an 'in' I can use for this type of nursing career...what say you?
    While your ambitions are admirable....unfortunately....being a medical transcriptionist will not give you the necessary experience required to be an effective LNC. There is a lot more involved in nursing and being an LNC than radiology reports.

    Having this experience will give you a slight edge in school for the terminology will be familiar to you. But you will have to "floor" nursing before you can acquire most of the positions away from the bedside for they require an expertise at the bedside that you can apply to you present position.

    Just working in an acute care hospital or clinic might get you an edge over other graduating grads in getting a new grad position...it will not make you qualified/eligible for all positions that you desire.

    I wish you the best.
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    It was not just a hard truth. It was a nasty response. Even though we are anonymous here the comment was directed towards the person "Michelle" posting the question and obviously she was upset that Michelle does not want to "pay her dues" by being a floor nurse. All she had to say is that she needed extensive clinical experience to succeed in this field.Linda RN's 5th and 6th paragraph clearly shows her disgust and there is no reason for it. Nurses really eat their young. We need to support and help direct people in the right direction and not have the attitude that I paid my dues now you must suffer too. We all have said Michelle needs clinical experience to do this job and her past work history will not help her achieve this goal. That's all that needs to be said.Michelle don't let this discussion discourage you. Get your clinical experience in an area you would enjoy. Like I said. It doesn't have to be med surg. Nursing is vast. There will be people out there to guide you and assist you and not rip you to shred. I had wonderful mentors. I know someone will get on their high horse and post another "hard truth" response to my post as they like to call it. Don't worry. I have on big girl panties. You will learn not only does it sometimes comes from the docs but it comes from our own too. Learn from it and move on. Take whatever you can get from it and let the negativity roll off.Good luck!
    Last edit by d2by on Jan 17, '13
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    Nice response ESME
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    The beauty of nursing as a profession is that there are so many different opportunities. It is one of the things that still attracts me to my profession after all these years. I do wonder though michele 742 what is motivating you to become a nurse. Providing care for patients is challenging, no matter what discipline you choose. Please take some time to consider what you truly wish to gain from your education, because if you are not driven by a desire to help people, nursing might not necessarily be the career choice for you. Best of luck, whatever you decide to do and know that experience is most often the best teacher.
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