CLNC® Success Stories

I’m Living the Good Life as a CLNC® Consultant and Mother*

by Jennifer M. Fougerousse, RN, CLNC

Jennifer M. Fougerousse

Becoming a Certified Legal Nurse Consultant changed my life. I can take my baby to play group, run errands, exercise, cook dinner – and work – all before my husband comes home. I can take a day off whenever I want and go on vacation without asking for time off. I’m living the good life!

Part of my confidence comes from the CLNC® Certification. The word ‘certified’ carries a lot of weight with attorneys.

Before becoming a CLNC® consultant, I had 18 months of experience in pediatrics and three years working part time in an outpatient surgery recovery room. When I heard about Vickie’s fabulous program, I realized I could use all my nursing skills and experience, yet work at home and more than double my hourly wage. I enrolled in the CLNC Certification Program. Several nights a week, as soon as my daughter went to bed, I’d watch the program. The course is broken down into convenient modules, so I could easily plan my schedule.

Start with a Strong Understanding of What the Attorney Needs

Through the CLNC Certification Program, Vickie gave me a strong basic understanding of the law and showed me how to use that knowledge along with my nursing expertise in analyzing medical-related cases. Vickie teaches you to think like a lawyer – what they’re looking for, what they need.

When I started my business, an attorney friend became my first client. Two-and-a-half years later he still keeps me busy. I worked for his law firm exclusively until I felt comfortable.

Then I started getting referrals and I went after them, using Vickie’s strategies. I am persistent, following up until I actually speak to the attorney-prospect. Attorneys appreciate my patience and persistence. They often say, “I get so busy. I’m so glad you kept calling.”

Build Confidence with CLNC® Certification and Support

Part of my confidence comes from the CLNC Certification. The word “certified” carries a lot of weight with attorneys.

My confidence also comes from having an enthusiastic support group that wants nothing more than for me to succeed. Whenever I call the Institute, everyone is truly eager to hear about my successes. And I get free  CLNC Mentoring. That coaching and support give me the confidence and skills to go out and get more business.

Market Your Way to the Good Life

Recently, I started an information newsletter – another of Vickie’s marketing strategies. Three weeks after I sent it, I got my first call. I’ve been so busy with my attorney-clients that this is an easy way to market without hitting the streets. I can put my newsletter into attorneys’ hands every three months to remind them I’m here. Later, when they need a legal nurse consultant, they remember that newsletter and call me.

Today I have two daughters, ages 3-1/2 and 10 months. My CLNC practice has become increasingly busy so I hired a nanny. In the past seven months, I’ve canceled her only one day. I have never had a slow month.

I earn the same amount of money as I would have made working full time at the hospital, but I only have to put in half the hours. I get to work as much or as little as I want. And I have my beautiful girls coloring at my feet while I type a report.

My proudest accomplishments as a CLNC consultant are starting my business, watching it grow and meeting my first-year goals with ease. I love it when people ask what I do for a living, and I can say, “I own my own business.” I couldn’t ask for a better life.

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*The opinions and statements made by Vickie Milazzo, the founder of Medical-Legal Consulting Institute, Inc. are based on her experiences and expertise, should not be applied beyond the specific context provided, and do not guaranty or project actual results. Vickie Milazzo is no longer involved in the operations or management of the business, but is involved as an independent education consultant.

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