A Day in the Life of Certified Legal Nurse Consultant Marcia Bell*
by Marcia L. Bell, RN, BSN, CAPA, CLNC
In the past, I never wanted to own a business, but I’ve always wanted a career, a family and a home. My desire to be a Certified Legal Nurse Consultant changed my focus. My CLNC business is a lot like me. I do a little bit of everything. There is no typical day at Bell Legal Nurse Consulting. I incorporate both the roles of the testifying expert and consulting expert into my business.
In the past, I never wanted to own a business, but I’ve always wanted a career, a family and a home. My desire to be a Certified Legal Nurse Consultant changed my focus.
I have consulted on more than 50 PACU medical malpractice cases from at least 11 different states. The PACU cases are my favorites, because that’s my nursing specialty and I’m still active part time as a PACU nurse.
I consult on a variety of cases in addition to medical malpractice, including family law, personal injury, products liability and criminal cases. My CLNC services include producing chronological timelines, assisting with interrogatories, creating deposition questions, writing pain and suffering reports, attending independent medical exams (IMEs) and organizing medical and billing records.
Last Thursday I was going to catch up after vacationing and hosting my mother’s 80th birthday party for more than 50 guests at my home. I had to screen two cases for merit from one law firm, send out invoices for three legal nurse consultant jobs, draft a presentation on organizing medical records to present to a new attorney-client’s office, analyze a 200-page deposition and organize a set of medical records. Needless to say, I did not finish all of this in one day. In the middle of it all, I received a new case and I am waiting on two criminal cases from another attorney-client.
One of Vickie’s favorite quotes, “There is no finish line in life” is a quote that guides me. I used to finish one case and wonder where the next one was coming from. Now, I know there is no finish line in my life as a Certified Legal Nurse Consultant. If I get to a stopping point, I just reorganize and refocus on what I can do to improve my CLNC business. I feel blessed and try to enjoy every moment that life brings.
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