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The following are articles I have written and shared with the nursing community. If you enjoy an article please leave a comment and tell me what you think.

Certified Nurse Midwives - An APRN Specialty

Certified nurse-midwives (CNMs) are educated in the two disciplines of nursing and midwifery. They provide primary healthcare to women of childbearing age including: prenatal care, labor and delivery care, care after birth, gynecological exams, newborn care, assistance with family planning decisions, preconception care, menopausal management and counseling in health maintenance and disease prevention. CNMs attend a very small percentage of the births in the United States. The CNM dates back... Read More →


Correctional Nursing - A Multi-Tasked Specialty Area for Nurses

Nursing in and of itself is not an easy job and as the years progress, the job of the Nurse becomes even more difficult. Those who select Correctional Nursing are stepping into a brand new world. There is no comparison when discussing this specialty and in my opinion, only contrast. The correctional inmate is a human being deserving of the finest care that can be given them. And, in most facilities, this is difficult as the nurse faces obstacles as they try to render the best... Read More →


Foot Care Nursing - A Very Important Specialty for the LPN and RN

The “diabetic foot” seems to be the most common cause of foot issues that can, if left ignored/untreated, lead to full amputation of the foot itself as well as the leg. The pain, numbness, and lack of sensation in the feet and legs is called diabetic neuropathy. There are many individuals, non-nurses, who are interested in feet. I have to admit, I am not one of those individuals. I am very glad there are those out there who do like to use their technical skills to relive pain... Read More →


Marketing as a Defense Legal Nurse Consultant: The Key to Success Part II

Before you read this new Article part II, please read the first one that introduces the RN to the world of being a Legal Nurse Consultant. It briefly goes over a few things an RN should possess before embarking upon a new, and to some, a foreign career in Nursing. Marketing as a Legal Nurse Consultant: The Key to Success Part I Before we get started, one thing must be made clear. Some people think that the Legal Nurse Consultant (LNC) serves as the expert witness with the case. ... Read More →


Marketing as a Legal Nurse Consultant: The Key to Success Part I

You are already a Professional Registered Nurse (RN). You have been educated, received a degree and have experience working in many areas of nursing. Securing a job has not been problematic in the past. Yes, the economy has changed and some nurses are finding it difficult finding their “dream job”. Many times the RN would attend one interview, complete with resume’/CV, a list of a few references, and walk out with job in hand. Since job security has changed of late and the ease of... Read More →


Education as a Legal Nurse Consultant

I preface this lengthy Article to show that the RN needs no formal education to practice as an LNC ..... they need RN experience and the ability to apply SOP to the patient chart, how to follow the NPA and adhere to Policies and Procedures of the hospital/clinic. Now, in saying all of the above, there are many educative entities for the RN seeking formal education as an LNC. There are two major entities that many RNs choose: The American Association of Legal Nurse Consultants... Read More →


RN Experience when Considering the Legal Nurse Consultant Career

Registered Nurses (RNs), especially those with years of experience, are some of the most successful Legal Nurse Consultants (LNCs). Those who have experience in Obstetrics and Gynecology (Women's Health), Pediatrics, Trauma, Intensive/Cardiac Care, and General Nursing usually have zero difficulty interpreting and applying Scope of Practice (SOP) to the Medical Record (chart). The RN works closely with many other Health Care Practitioners (HCP) including Respiratory ... Read More →


Combining the Doctor of Jurisprudence - the Legal Nurse Consultant

Those who have a doctorate (JD) and passed the Bar, I suggest you enter an RN program immediately. No need to start at ADN and can by-pass the BSN. Go straight from MSN to RN and should be completed in approximately 18 months. You will need to seriously decide what type of Nurse Attorney you want to be. People are crying out for help from Attorneys who are also RNs to help them in litigious situations. The LPN and the RN are lacking in any type of advocacy even from their own BON. ... Read More →


The Forensic Nurse

The world of Forensic Nursing is still in its infancy. Wide-open opportunities are everywhere. I think you can find something in just about any city and it doesn't have to be a major city either. Forensic Nurses, in my opinion, bridge the gap between the Law and Medicine. This career utilizes all areas of nursing from being the support person for the newborn throughout the lifespan until death. Nurses who have a love for the Law, are experienced in many areas of nursing should consider... Read More →


The Legal Nurse Consultant

Most Legal Nurse Consultants (LNCs) work as independents along with Attorneys as they glean through reams and reams of paper work to attempt to find the deviation from the SOP that causes harm to the client (patient). Other LNCs assist Attorneys to find the adherence to the SOP that prevented harm to the client (patient). If a Registered Nurse is interested in a career as a Legal Nurse Consultant, he/she needs to start researching different avenues of education. Also, the Registered... Read More →


Should I Carry Malpractice (Liability) Insurance?

This question comes up frequently and is asked of me quite often, "should I carry malpractice insurance?" many nurses are covered under their own individual liability insurance carrier. Many more are not. i am.......... are you?? Nurses can be sued at any time, for any reason. Often, allegations brought against you are unfounded, but just being named in a lawsuit gives one pause and can be one of the most stressful times in your life. The nurse feels embarrassed and fears damage to a perfect... Read More →


LNC Marketing Ideas

Diligent and professional marketing to the attorney-client is crucial to the success of the Legal Nurse Consultant (LNC). Many nurses are lacking in this area. Let's start with some basics. 1. Create a letter of introduction and mail to prospective attorney-clients. Start off by sending at least 20 every week. Then conduct a follow-up phone call in a little less than two weeks after you send the letters or follow up at the time you outlined in your initial introduction letter. Be... Read More →


The Role of the Legal Nurse Consultant

Here are frequently asked questions about the role of the Legal Nurse Consultant (LNC). (1) Realistically what type of person/personality does it take to be an LNC? One must be dedicated and persistent. Possess the ability to interpret accurately, the medical record. Be willing to spend countless hours pouring over a medical record (one of merit) searching for the commonality that links the 4 parts of the medical malpractice case. (2) What are the general duties of the LNC? Read More →


Litigious Areas of Nursing and the Nurse's Liability

the areas of nursing most vulnerable today are anesthesia and midwifery. rns in ob (l and d), those working solely in monitoring capacities (fetal heart, telemetry, etc.), and medication administration (including long term care) are also included in highly litigious areas. of course, the advanced practice nurse (apn) other than crna and cnm are subject to increased litigation, but the latter two more so. and, the neonatal nurse practitioner (nnp) seems to be at high risk secondary to... Read More →


The Legal Nurse Consultant and Liability Insurance

Many LNC's are inquiring, "Should I purchase the coverage?" In many cases nurses have been advised, for whatever the reason being, not to receive liability insurance. This advice can come from fellow colleagues, educators, employers, attorneys, and well-meaning friends. Personally, as an RN and APN, I would never consider practicing without it. But, that is yet another topic.....;) In saying the above, it stands to reason that I would never practice as an LNC without proper liability... Read More →



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