In this video, Certified Legal Nurse Consultant Cybil Fregia, RN, CLNC shares her story of meeting a personal injury attorney on a vacation flight. Cybil discussed her role as a CLNC consultant and shared that she charges $150/hour. The attorney responded, “Oh, that’s nothing. As soon as you get your legal nurse consulting certification, contact me – I’ve got personal injury and medical malpractice cases for you.”
I was recently contacted regarding a federal lawsuit alleging that Houston Methodist deducted 30 minutes each shift for breaks whether the nurses took them in whole, in part or not at all. There are more than 20 similar lawsuits throughout the U.S.
Over the past few weeks I have received emails and private messages from registered nurses throughout the U.S. asking me about their rights to refuse to treat an Ebola patient at their RN job. I have also been on national television with Stuart Varney of Varney Co. to bring attention to this very issue.
The Dallas hospital involved in the Thomas Eric Duncan case settled for an undisclosed amount before a lawsuit was even filed. By doing so the hospital avoided a costly legal battle as well as the potential for a lot of negative publicity regarding race and lack of insurance.
There is no past. The past is over. There is no guarantee of a future. With no past and no future we only have now. So why not seize it?
One of the largest over-the-counter (and often over-the-Internet) markets in the world is for dietary supplements. Every day, consumers turn to dietary supplements to improve their lives. Body-builders seek to increase muscle-mass, the elderly (and some spouses) seek to improve memory and cognitive function and others seek to improve digestion or battle depression with supplements such as creatine, ginkgo biloba, probiotics, St. John’s Wort and Vitamin E.
In speaking with registered nurses I’m often asked, “How can I become a legal nurse consultant?” To which I always reply, “Get certified!”
In the speaking world, we have a saying that some people at a funeral would prefer to be in the coffin than stand up and deliver the eulogy. There’s something that happens to all of us when we have to get in front of people. Tom jokes with me, “Vickie, you talk incessantly. You have something to say all the time, but when I turn the video camera on, you’re speechless!” Yes, sometimes that’s really true, even about me.
There’s nothing worse than observing a testifying expert fumbling through the record, at deposition or trial, to find an entry the attorney is referencing. And there’s absolutely no excuse for a testifying expert to ever appear disorganized because of a sloppy record handed to her by an attorney. It’s in everyone’s (attorney, legal nurse consultant, experts, etc.) best interest to have one model set of records that is organized and paginated in a logical order.
Everyone loved my dad and that’s probably because he loved people so much. It was very unusual to hear him say anything negative about a person – even a person who didn't do right by him. He would always laugh and say, “I’m a lover, not a fighter.”