legal nurse education question

by Valerie Valerie (New) New Nurse

Has 13 years experience.

Hi all, this is my first post here. :-) btw, this is such a great forum that I've utilized so much over the years for a variety of different issues- thank you! Now to my I am interested in becoming a legal nurse consultant, and I would like to take some sort of training course as an intro to it. Since my employer will only assist with tuition at accredited colleges/universities that offer courses for credit, I cannot take any of the courses offered by private individuals (ie. Vickie Milazzo). Anyways, while in the midst of researching courses, I was wondering if I could just take a paralegal certificate course offered at a college instead of a formal legal nurse consultant program? I was having trouble finding legal nurse post-bac or post-master's certificate programs that were online, so I was wondering if a paralegal curriculum is similar in teaching the legal information (just without the nursing component)?

Hannahbanana, BSN, MSN

Specializes in Physiology, CM, consulting, nsg edu, LNC, COB. Has 52 years experience. 1,187 Posts

Legal nurse consultants have to know about the law but we are not responsible for its application! The attorney who retains a nurse consultant either as an inhouse reviewer to help interpret what's in medical and other care records and identify/vet medical testifying experts, or as a testifying expert in a nursing field, is responsible for all legal aspects of a case, including your work product if it is introduced into evidence. They hire us because of what we know about NURSING (and hospitals, medicine, and medical records, etc.), not law. Therefore a paralegal course will not be helpful in terms of being a legal nurse consultant per se (in and of itself). Some atty firms do not want to hire a nurse with a legal background, so it may even hinder your chances of ever acting in other as an uncredited back-office review position.

Further, being an atty is an all-consuming task. All the nurse I know went to law school discovered they could be lawyers or nurses, but not do justice to either if they tried to do both.



Specializes in retired LTC. 7,735 Posts

HB  - the OP last visited 11/2/2019.

But interesting info still.