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Bluehair has 30 years experience and specializes in Critical Care.

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  1. I for one would love to hear from some of our international Allnurses members who currently live in a country with government run healthcare. Topics of interest that you might be able to share from your experiences: - Rationing of healthcare (age related, co-morbidity related, etc.) - Waiting lists for care - how often, how long, etc. - Is it really free to residents, or is there some sort of copay? - Do you also have private insurance available? What does that do for citizens who chose to use it over the public healthcare system? And what percent of the populace (estimated) use private insurance if it is available? - How would you compare nursing salaries to US? (Tough one, I know, as cost of living varies so much as well...) How would you compare nursing shortage, responsibilites, etc. as well? Anyone? Thanks!!
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    Anyone working for WVMI?

    Same question here!! RubyRN, did you take the job? What has your experience been? Anyone else out there? Would love a little experienced info!!
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    LNCs in Risk Management

    Update: Did not get the Risk Mgmt. job. I'm currently pursuing a job with an insurance company. The LNC kicked me up a notch above other candidates (so they said!), though the position is not specifically claims review. Will see how it goes... Thanks for the encouragement!!
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    LNCs in Risk Management

    Thanks for your encouraging post! I just submited an application for a RM position yesterday. Found out today that I got it in just under the wire, they will be scheduling interviews next week. Here' to hoping my LNC training gives me the edge I need to get the position. It sounds very interesting. and I am realizing I am getting to a point in life where the security of a 'job' is appealing.
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    Lnc's ready to tackle the new year????

    yes, so far i have found the in-person interviews to be easier on me. more effective? not necessarily so, and not likely the best use of my time. but - as a temporary transition so i can see their responses as i get over my fear of marketing - yes, it's really helping. i am exceptionally visual about life, and being able to read someone's body language is a big help to me. i have never had any problem caring for any patient, whether a street person or some big hospital ceo. never had a problem interacting with even the most difficult md's - always can figure out some way to make the interaction work. but that was always in person. this follow-up phoning after mailing packets really stops me cold. mailing just a few packets, showing up with a package of holiday cookies with a bow to introduce myself and attempt to follow-up has gotten me moving. i have only done a very few - but can feel my fears starting to melt, lol! so - i will not overwhelm myself by committing to 20 packets next week. i plan on doing 10, a number i know i can commit to actually completing and following up on (maybe even by phone, lol!). i admire those who can really go for it in marketing. obviously they are much more likely to be successful, once people realize their business exists. you aren't likely to get any work if no one knows you are even out there. as for my case study - we had case studies for the program i took (lnc stat). part of their marketing package provides you with a case study to print and use. they were part of the program, so you did actually review this on your own before coming up with the final product (you aren't just pretending to have done the case study). best wishes to all!!! let's go get 'em!
  6. Hi all! I'm trying to find out what my local state laws are regarding how many hours I am required to work in my area of expertise, should I decide to work as an expert witness. Obviously EW work is not limited to my home state, and these laws vary by state. I had read in one book where some states require you work 50-80% of your hours in the area you plan to testify. Is that 50% of an FTE, meaning 20/hrs a week? 80% = 30+ hours, plus whatever time it takes to research a case and testify? Anyone know where to go to find what each state requires? I searched online quite a bit and can not find specific requirements. Thanks!!
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    Lnc's ready to tackle the new year????

    I'm in! I've been working on overcoming my unexplained TERROR of calling. Did a few office visits to break the ice, and it is helping. I'm visual - seeing that the attorney's staff have been down and out friendly is slowly melting my fear of cold calling (packets, follow-up calls, the works). Tho I think I will keep it to 10 packets for myself, something I can reasonably accomplish with next few weeks hospital work schedule, so I can be sure to follow-up!
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    I agree with rnpract. I also filed my business as a LLC, to keep my home, personal assets, etc. separate from my business in the (hopefully unlikely) event of a suit against me. It was a LOT easier than many web pages would have you think, and cheaper. I did do some homework to determine what was best for my business, incorporating or LLC. Once I had my EIN number, I went to my state Secretary of State web page. It took a bit of poking around to find it, but I was able to file for an LLC for my business for $50 in filing fees. It protects my business name from duplication in my state as well. I had an immediate response from them (electronic) confirming my LLC. I didn't open a business checking account until I had the LLC confirmed. It's good to check with an accountant about all this as well, mine recommended it for our situation. Several books I read also recommended doing all of the above to minimize IRS scrutiny. It shows you are seriously doing this as a business, not to evade taxes in any way.
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    Job Search Etiquette? Help me?

    I once lived in a rural town that had an outpatient surgical center I hoped to work at. They were small, and did not have an HR department. I dressed professionally and armed myself with a letter of introduction and a copy of my resume. I waited until afternoon when the case load was likely to be lower, went to the front desk and introduced myself. I asked if it would be possible to meet briefly with the charge nurse. She happened to be available, thankfully. I apologized for taking her time, told her I just wanted to introduce myself and see if she had any available openings. She didn't right then, so I asked if she would please keep me in mind if anything came up, gave her the resume, shook hands, thanked her and left. Less than 1 week later I got a call from her, and was hired with in 2 weeks. My advice - go for it!
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    Well I feel like a doofus...

    Well done, Wooh! Good to keep your name in his rolodex in case they do end up with a heavy case load in the future and need a hand. And, it was good practice for you for the next attorney! Keep up the good work!
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    High pay, no degree required!

    Here's where our professional-organization-of-choice (ANA?) dues could be put to good use. Educate the public about what NS really involves, what your specialty nurses really learn to get where they are, the whole shootin' match. Once the general public has an accurate idea of what we really do, really know, I would like to dream/hope that our pay would have a chance of reflecting that info. I know, it's a nice dream....
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    Some ?? about getting started....

    Welcome, gina8521! I feel your pain, lol! I personally could not afford to go to Vickie M's class, though many on this forum have done it and really loved it. Personally, I opted for the LNC Stat program and have not regretted it. Within the first few hours of training, I realized that while you can do this without training, I personally would never want to try. I have not started marketing yet, have not obtained my precious first case as of this writing. But I can see there are a lot of nuances, patterns of thought, etc. that are learned in the various training courses that can influence/determine the success or failure of your practice. Recognition of what is missing from the chart, developing the ability to look at any case from the perspective of a potential defense vs plaintiff view point, recognizing whether or not your case has met the 4 elements required, learning what resources are available for researching your case - there is a lot covered in all of these various training courses that is beneficial to anyone starting this as a career. It can all be learned via the school of hard knocks and experience, but at what cost to your practice overall? You may want to think about checking out the LNC Stat web page - they also offer assistance in the marketing end of things, and have internshipmentoring available as well. Personally, I found them very personable and helpful. Check out the other threads also, as others have different programs to suggest as well (AALNC, etc.). Best Wishes!!
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    Observing in court

    I decided today to do a 'reconnaisance mission' to the court house. I don't have my marketing materials yet, no business cards, etc. But I decided that didn't matter for what I wanted to accomplish. I just wanted to start 'eating the elephant one bite at a time'. So I got myself spiffied up in professional attire and off I went. My first bite was to just go and figure out the simple stuff - where do you park, where are the bathrooms, where are the district court rooms vs county court rooms vs traffic court rooms, and most important, where can you get a cup of coffee or tea?! Mission accomplished! The security guy was very friendly. He saw me meandering and asked if he could help. I explained no thank you, I am a Legal Nurse Consultant (that felt good!), I had not been to this court before (true!), just wanted to familiarize myself with the building before I NEEDED to know the lay-out. (He new it was true when my next question was for directions to the ladies room, lol!) So - for any other newbies like me, I recommend it. I got to read the dockets outside each court room, figure out the general info on them, etc. Some court rooms were empty - slow on Friday's, I guess. Saw one woman, whom I later figured out was an attorney, chatting on her cell. Somehow the experience brought her to my level - a person who gets dressed in professional attire, makes cell calls, and checks on her kids during the day. Not anyone any different than I see at work. Much less intimidating than I would have made things otherwise. Overall it made me feel much more comfortable about the whole thing, and I am sure I will be more confident next time I go with the goal of meeting attorneys. One bite down...
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    Observing in court

    Thanks, Siri! Will give this a whirl!
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    Observing in court

    I've looked at the dockets online, but all they have are names, case numbers, etc. No details as to what the case is about. Does the court list something more informative for you to see when you get there? Where does one usually find the docket in court? (Obviously I have never been to court, and NEED to go, lol!) Thanks!
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    Observing in court

    Hi all! I have seen it mentioned in several threads - recommendation for us newbies to go to court and observe some cases, use it as an opportunity to meet attorneys, shake hands, give a business card, etc. So - have been to my local court internet sites, but can not figure out how to know when to go. How do you find out when a personal injury/medical malpractice, etc. case is being tried? Or when one of the attorneys who practices in relevant areas will be at court, even if it is for something else? I can see it would be exceptionally educational to watch a PI/malpractice case during trial. What have you done to track down court schedules? Thanks!