I Am All That I Can Be as a Successful Certified Legal Nurse Consultant*
by Teresa C. Vitale, RN, CCM, CLNC
I attended the CLNC® Certification Seminar to learn about legal nurse consulting and prepare for the future. I had been the director of nurses in a 176-bed facility, a certified case manager and a nursing supervisor. While I enjoyed the daily challenges, I also dreaded the burnout I knew would come.
Vickie planted seeds of ideas that had a tremendous impact on my daily activities.
The CLNC Certification Program gave me the opportunity to step out of my comfort zone, my “little box,” and gain a new perspective on my career. I met brilliant nurses from all over the United States and found that we shared a bond. We were all so different in many ways and yet so similar. We were there because we were not afraid to explore the challenge of being all that we could be.
I returned to my position feeling more informed and prepared, even empowered to deal with my profession’s everyday challenges. I also felt an obligation to educate my staff and friends. Vickie planted seeds of ideas that had a tremendous impact on my daily activities.
Shortly after I returned, I was deposed about quality of care issues for a case. I was impressed by the professionalism and kindness the defense attorneys showed me. I casually mentioned attending the CLNC Certification Seminar.
After interviewing with the law partners, I gave my former employer a month’s notice as a professional courtesy. I took a brief vacation and prepared to launch my new career as a CLNC consultant. In other words, I went shopping for a new wardrobe.
I now work with a staff of brilliant young professionals. There is a mutual respect and admiration for the contributions each brings to the firm. My added bonus is that I have more energy and quality time to spend with my family.
Achieving the CLNC Certification motivated and energized me to step out of my comfort zone and explore ways to be all that I could be. Vickie’s training provided me with the basic ingredients necessary to be successful. I tell all who will listen that the learning process only stops when you are dead. The skills and ideas presented in the CLNC Certification Program gave me a whole new perspective on my own self-worth.
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