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Should I consider LNC? Advice Please

Hi all!

I'm relatively new to nursing (finishing up my 1st year as an RN, wrked as a tech/UC for 4 years, BSN). I do like my job right now, and I do feel that I have a lot more to learn, but I can see myself getting tired of the hospital environment, at least full time. I may have been an RN for a year, but I've worked at this hospital (1000+ beds, Magnet, one of "America's Best Hospitals" (US News), Solucient top 100, etc) for 5 years. I dont' want to leave, I am very happy where I am, I'd just like something different, or some variety.

So here are my questions. How much experience does one need to become an LNC? Is this something that could be done part time along with bedside nursing part time? I have mentioned to my manager that I would like to be on some of the committees and such, but there are no openings for anything like that right now (I thought that would be a nice change of pace plus introduce some variety). The LNC track appeals to me because I am fascinated by the legal aspects of nursing (I did consider law school). Though I'm not planning on leaving my job, I have been looking around to see what other options are out there, and I keep coming back to this area. If anyone can give me any advice/input, I'd appreciate it! Thanks!!! :wink2:

sirI, MSN, APRN, NP

Has 30 years experience. Specializes in Education, FP, LNC, Forensics, ED, OB.

hi all!

i'm relatively new to nursing (finishing up my 1st year as an rn, wrked as a tech/uc for 4 years, bsn). i do like my job right now, and i do feel that i have a lot more to learn, but i can see myself getting tired of the hospital environment, at least full time. i may have been an rn for a year, but i've worked at this hospital (1000+ beds, magnet, one of "america's best hospitals" (us news), solucient top 100, etc) for 5 years. i dont' want to leave, i am very happy where i am, i'd just like something different, or some variety.

so here are my questions. how much experience does one need to become an lnc? is this something that could be done part time along with bedside nursing part time? i have mentioned to my manager that i would like to be on some of the committees and such, but there are no openings for anything like that right now (i thought that would be a nice change of pace plus introduce some variety). the lnc track appeals to me because i am fascinated by the legal aspects of nursing (i did consider law school). though i'm not planning on leaving my job, i have been looking around to see what other options are out there, and i keep coming back to this area. if anyone can give me any advice/input, i'd appreciate it! thanks!!! :wink2:

hello, miko014,

i suggest (as do other authorities) that the individual have at least 3-5 years rn experience before considering the lnc career.

you might check out this thread for additional information about the lnc career:

the role of the legal nurse consultant

many do work part time as lnc. it definitely can be done. marketing is the key to success and you must be able to have the time to do this successfully.

if you have other questions/concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me via private message and/or post here.

good luck with your decision.

mcoleson

Specializes in telemetry, med/surg, cath lab, ltc.

Hello,

I just had to reply. I t have been considering LNC for many years, and over thepast yar, have done alot of research but i,bt still have not decided if this is what i want to do or not either.it sunds so fascinating to me, but also alot of work.

I can tlel you though,m that in doing my research, i toht that vickie mlazzo, was the only way to go. Howve there are alot of LNC programs out there, that are just as goood, and also alot cheaper. DO a enine search under LNC, and you would be amazed at what you find.

RN Stat is agood one. Evans consulting is also good. Kaplan college has a good program to.

Good Luck to you, and let me know what your decision is. If you decide to go for it, i would love to hear from you, and how t is going.

mcoleson

sirI, MSN, APRN, NP

Has 30 years experience. Specializes in Education, FP, LNC, Forensics, ED, OB.

Hello,

I just had to reply. I t have been considering LNC for many years, and over thepast yar, have done alot of research but i,bt still have not decided if this is what i want to do or not either.it sunds so fascinating to me, but also alot of work.

I can tlel you though,m that in doing my research, i toht that vickie mlazzo, was the only way to go. Howve there are alot of LNC programs out there, that are just as goood, and also alot cheaper. DO a enine search under LNC, and you would be amazed at what you find.

RN Stat is agood one. Evans consulting is also good. Kaplan college has a good program to.

Good Luck to you, and let me know what your decision is. If you decide to go for it, i would love to hear from you, and how t is going.

mcoleson

Hello, mcoleson,

Good luck with your decision(s), too. Look forward to reading more of your posts. If you have questions/concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me and/or post here.

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