I love working from home or on the road and sometimes even on extended vacations.
A Day in the Life of Certified Legal Nurse Consultant Patrick Stonich
by Patrick Stonich, RN, BSN, BS, CLNC
My day starts at 5:30am because I know I will have at least two hours of silence without phones, emails or distractions from dogs and the rest of the world. Very strong coffee is a given. First I go through overnight emails and flag them for review or respond right away, but I never send emails until after 8:30am. If someone gets my email at 6:00am, they know I’m up working and will take that as game on. I always review my schedule to make sure I didn’t double-book or have new items that need immediate attention.
I then take a long walk outside with the dogs to get going and I get dressed to go to work. I try my best to post and/or respond to my feed on LinkedIn. I find if I spend 20 minutes in the morning and 20 minutes at the end of the day I get enough attention and a little marketing in.
Next I start reading and marking up my documents as scheduled. I ask my clients upfront if they want to see my progress in the comments section as I work with Adobe Acrobat. Some attorney-clients love it and some don’t want to see the comments. I track my time with my tracking program as I work. Breaks are a must and normally involve dog walks and lunch (sometimes with a client). I end my day by 3:00pm. In my house it is understood that my attorney-clients might call or text for an emergency, which we all know is never an emergency. I will take the call or respond to the text as a customer service gesture, but it will only be a few minutes of my time. If more time is required and it’s not urgent, I will schedule an appointment for the next day. I send weekly email updates to attorney-clients on open cases to check in and to address ideas.
I love working from home or on the road and sometimes even on extended vacations. I love when I have to travel for depositions or trials. I bring my family and my dogs with me which keeps my mind at ease and calm. It’s also fun to visit new places and extend the trip a day or two for vacation. Traveling with my dogs helps my brain, and I turn them into a marketing campaign with attorneys.
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