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  • Aug 19

    CONGRATULATIONS, cardiacfreak!!!

  • Aug 19

    I preface this lengthy Article to show that the RN needs no formal education to practice as a Legal Nurse Consultant (LNC) ..... they need RN experience and the ability to apply Standards of Care (SOC) to the patient chart, how to follow the Nurse Practice Act (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 (AALNC)
    • The Vickie Milazzo Program

    Both offer basic education as an LNC.

    The American Association of Legal Nurse Consultants (AALNC)

    The AALNC is an online program with, currently, 8 Modules of study. (11-27-14)

    AALNC is working to deliver an all-new, enhanced LNC Online Course. This three-year effort will replace the current eight course modules with twenty shorter modules for more convenient, interactive learning. Individual modules will also focus on each of the top five practice areas based on the 2012 Practice Analysis.

    The first release in 2014 includes the following revised modules:

    • Introduction to Legal Nurse Consulting
    • Legal Fundamentals
    • Interacting with Plaintiff/Defense Clients
    • Medical Records Identification, Access, and Analysis
    • Researching Medical Information and Literature
    • Communication and Report Writing
    • Identification, Evaluation, and Collaboration with Expert Witnesses

    Mark your calendars! The first phase of the new online course modules will be available for purchase in the coming month. Check back here for details on how to purchase the new modules once they are available. 11-27-14

    One considering this avenue of education should purchase the most recent version of the text: Legal Nurse Consulting, Principles and Practice. I suggest purchasing this text whether you decide to complete the modules or not. It is an an excellent text and the RN can gain a lot of necessary information to work as an LNC.

    If the RN completes the course of online study, they are awarded a "certificate of completion". This is not a "certification". In order to be certified with the AALNC, the RN (completing the course or not) must meet requirements to sit for the examination. The requirements include:

    Eligibility Criteria Guidelines
    The activities that satisfy the eligibility requirement for 2000 hours of legal nurse consulting experience must meet all three of the following criteria:
    1. The activities must be performed at the request of a client (e.g., a law firm, insurance company, hospital, or other agency involved in legal processes), and
    2. The activities must be related to claims or cases in which the education and experience of a registered nurse are necessary, and
    3. The activities must be of the kind that are generally considered billable.

    Examples of these activities are:
    • Collecting, organizing, and reviewing medical records and other relevant healthcare or legal documents.
    • Summarizing and analyzing the information in medical records and other relevant healthcare or legal documents.
    • Assessing issues of liability, causation, and/or damages.
    • Researching relevant healthcare-related literature, guidelines, standards, regulations, etc.
    • Communicating verbally or in writing with clients, appropriate parties, experts, and witnesses.
    • Identifying, locating, evaluating, and conferring with experts.
    • Conferring with clients and appropriate parties regarding case strategies.
    • Drafting documents or other materials to be used as attorney work product or as evidence.
    • Attending interviews, depositions, hearings, mediations, arbitrations, or trials.
    • Contacting and conferring with vendors to develop demonstrative evidence or to collect costs of healthcare services, supplies, and/or equipment.
    • Testifying at depositions, hearings, arbitrations, or trials.
    • Training or supervising other nurses in the practice of legal nurse consulting.
    • Explaining the theory and practice of relevant health sciences or healthcare issues to legal professionals and other members of the legal team.
    • Instructing other healthcare professionals in the aspects of legal liability pertaining to their own practice.

    Activities which may be potentially billable but may NOT be used to satisfy this eligibility requirement are:
    • Traveling to and from sites to perform any of the above activities.
    • Accounting and billing as part of managing a business.
    • Marketing as part of managing a business.
    • Solely waiting to give testimony.

    The RN who successfully completes the certification examination will use the designation LNCC (Legal Nurse Consultant Certified). This is the only legal nurse consultant exam accredited by the American Board of Nursing Specialties.

    The Vickie Milazzo Program


    This program is a 6 day program and once completed, the RN sits for a certification examination. Upon successful completion of the program, the RN can then use the designation CLNC (Certified Legal Nurse Consultant).

    There are several other LNC programs that are popular with the RN community which include:

    LNC STAT

    Advanced Legal Nurse Consulting Certification Course. This is a DVD Home Study Program. Once completed, the RN can then sit for certification.

    There are other programs offered by Attorneys in different states. Some Community Colleges offer LNC certificate programs.

    One thing to beware, check with your Board of Nursing (BON) regarding CEUs as an LNC. Many BON only accept continuing education if the RN is certified as LNCC from The American Association of Legal Nurse Consultants.

    ___________________

    Please see RN Experience when Considering the Legal Nurse Consultant Career

  • Aug 18

    CONGRATULATIONS, cardiacfreak!!!

  • Aug 16

    CONGRATULATIONS, cardiacfreak!!!

  • Aug 12

    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 (through foot massage/pedicure). They truly take this seriously and seek formal education/certification as foot care specialists.

    Many individuals work as cosmetologists and utilize in their jobs, manicures and pedicures, foot massages and foot soaks. I have to admit, I do love to be pampered like this. So relaxing especially the foot soaks prior to foot massage. These individuals later on decide they want to be a Nurse and combine their love of "beautification" (the feet/hands) and find out there actually is formal education/certification they can enter into to specialize as Foot Care Specialists.

    When dealing with the feet, use of standardized assessment tools is very valuable to calculate the extent of loss of sensation. A full inspection of the foot is made for color, temperature differences, callouses, edema, opens wounds, necrotic areas, etc. The clinician also checks the nails for shape, color, texture as well as evidence of fungus.

    Sensation of the foot is checked with a variety of instruments. One of the most simple instrument (tool) that is utilized is the monofilament. The picture attached to this article (avatar) is one type of monofilament utilized in the process.

    There are variety of sizes that can reveal instantaneous results that can give insight regarding how advanced the loss of sensation is. This gives the nurse a starting point that he/she can use to advise further diagnostic testing.

    I normally do not discuss my personal health issues in public, but will reveal that I have a moderately severe case of Diabetes Mellitus. I will not go into a lot of detail, but will say that I have diabetic neuropathy and have had a lot of numbness, pain, and loss of sensation for several months. I will admit that I did not take this seriously until recently.

    On one of my very first visits, after admitting the severity of the condition of my feet, the Nurse Practitioner utilized the monofilament to check sensation. I selected the picture above for that is almost exactly the type she used.

    A non-invasive tool, it revealed what I already knew. The results: I could only detect sensation in the middle toe of my left foot. I am fortunate that I have not skin breakdown, wounds, or nail issues. But, I am unfortunately diagnosed with neuropathy.

    I now take my diabetes seriously and keep a close watch on my feet. I see my health care provider frequently and without fail, she checks my feet every visit.

    In the United States, many Nurses are certified through the Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nursing Certification Board. I find very few certified Foot Care Specialists here in my area. I read a lot about those from Canada who are trained and certified and have thriving positions as Foot Care Nurses. After doing much research in the past several months, I find The Canadian Association of Foot Care Nurses is one of the best sources for those interested in this specialty area of nursing.

    This is an all-important specialty area for many nurses. Please consider this specialty that could help someone keep their body intact and save their life.

  • Aug 7

    Hello matthewandrew

    THANK YOU for the suggestion. Great idea.

    The forum now has a new name: Hospice/Palliative Nursing

  • Aug 2

    Hello matthewandrew

    THANK YOU for the suggestion. Great idea.

    The forum now has a new name: Hospice/Palliative Nursing

  • Jul 29

    Thread closed as it has nothing to do with nursing and was posted to be divisive only.

  • Jul 18

    Quote from esrun77
    University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire
    Thank you esrun77

    We have added U of Wisconsin, Eau Claire, to the list for future publication.

  • Jul 12

    Quote from traumaRUs
    IMHO you should have had malpractice insurance the second you received your RN license....get it ASAP.
    And, I'll go a step further.

    IMO, one should get liability insurance as a student and carry it over once licensed as an RN.

  • Jul 12

    We are still adding to the Accredited Nursing Universities and Colleges | Peer Reviews every week. So far, we have 114 programs and have received 104 member reviews.

    Since we launched the Directory in mid-April, we have received well over 200 requests for additional programs. Many of the requested programs have been added.

    If your program is listed, please add a review. These reviews really help those who are considering a career in Nursing and want to attend a program that fits their needs.

    The review process will take about a minute to complete.

    Reviews can be submitted anonymously. (Select your school > click 'Add Review' > check the 'Anonymous Review' option)

    Reviews can be submitted as a pre-nursing student, as a currently enrolled nursing student, as a parent, alumni, or as an employee.

    You may submit more than 1 review.

    If your accredited Nursing Program is not included, just post the program name, city, and state in this thread and we will be sure to get it added.

    We thank you all who have taken the time to add reviews. We look forward seeing many other reviews and additional program requests.

    THANK YOU!!!

  • Jul 10

    As stated above, you need to pose all questions and concerns to your primary provider/surgeon. Per TOS, we cannot offer the medical advice you require.

    We hope you feel better soon.

  • Jul 8

    Quote from Omar esty
    i will be writing my nursing council exam this November and my next plan is to go for my specialty course which is anesthetic nursing but that would be in Canada, please give me clue on how to apply for it
    Hello and welcome Omar esty,

    You have posted in the Aesthetic Nursing forum.

    ... my next plan is to go for my specialty course which is anesthetic nursing but that would be in Canada
    Are you seeking a career in nurse anesthesia (nurse anesthesia, certified registered nurse anesthetist) or a career in aesthetic nursing (microdermabrasion, chemical peels, laser therapy, etc.).

  • Jul 5

    We are still adding to the Accredited Nursing Universities and Colleges | Peer Reviews every week. So far, we have 114 programs and have received 104 member reviews.

    Since we launched the Directory in mid-April, we have received well over 200 requests for additional programs. Many of the requested programs have been added.

    If your program is listed, please add a review. These reviews really help those who are considering a career in Nursing and want to attend a program that fits their needs.

    The review process will take about a minute to complete.

    Reviews can be submitted anonymously. (Select your school > click 'Add Review' > check the 'Anonymous Review' option)

    Reviews can be submitted as a pre-nursing student, as a currently enrolled nursing student, as a parent, alumni, or as an employee.

    You may submit more than 1 review.

    If your accredited Nursing Program is not included, just post the program name, city, and state in this thread and we will be sure to get it added.

    We thank you all who have taken the time to add reviews. We look forward seeing many other reviews and additional program requests.

    THANK YOU!!!

  • Jul 4

    We are still adding to the Accredited Nursing Universities and Colleges | Peer Reviews every week. So far, we have 114 programs and have received 104 member reviews.

    Since we launched the Directory in mid-April, we have received well over 200 requests for additional programs. Many of the requested programs have been added.

    If your program is listed, please add a review. These reviews really help those who are considering a career in Nursing and want to attend a program that fits their needs.

    The review process will take about a minute to complete.

    Reviews can be submitted anonymously. (Select your school > click 'Add Review' > check the 'Anonymous Review' option)

    Reviews can be submitted as a pre-nursing student, as a currently enrolled nursing student, as a parent, alumni, or as an employee.

    You may submit more than 1 review.

    If your accredited Nursing Program is not included, just post the program name, city, and state in this thread and we will be sure to get it added.

    We thank you all who have taken the time to add reviews. We look forward seeing many other reviews and additional program requests.

    THANK YOU!!!


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