CLNC® Success Stories

My First Test as a CLNC® Consultant*

by Vickey L. Coble, RN, CLNC

When I first heard Vickie speak, I knew I wanted to become a successful Certified Legal Nurse Consultant more than anything I have ever done. I purchased her VIP CLNC® Success System and set to work. I reviewed Vickie’s program on how to develop an information newsletter three times. Producing a bimonthly newsletter became not only a marketing project, but also the greatest self-educational tool I could have imagined.

I have learned that I do have talent and that there is a place for me in this very exciting field.

The first issue of my newsletter coincided with my first legal nurse consultant job, a major brain-injured baby case. I cannot express the sense of responsibility I felt. I needed to perform far beyond what I believed were my own capabilities in this new career. The Institute’s educational materials and other CLNC consultants I met through the NACLNC® Directory of Certified Legal Nurse Consultants were invaluable to me.

I later discovered that my big case was 15 years old and had seen very little activity. Previously, a neonatologist had reviewed it but had little to offer the attorney. Before I left the attorney’s office with the case under my arm, he mentioned that if I found anything, I would be “greatly rewarded.” He also added quietly that this was a “test.”

You cannot imagine the excitement I felt when, after a four-hour review, I found significant negligence in several areas. Actually, the answers seemed too obvious to me. I began thinking about the attorney’s last words, and I soon talked myself into believing that this was a closed case that had already been litigated. I was sure my review and recommendations would be compared to a previous workup as a test of my abilities.

Instead of verifying this assumption, I decided to develop the best review and report I could. Even if the case was old, I knew I would be billing for my time, and if I did pass the test, there would be more cases to come. I was so elated and apprehensive that as soon as I finished my work, I drove to Nashville at 6:00am so the report would be on the attorney’s desk before anyone arrived that morning.

Imagine my surprise when I discovered that the case was real after all. Needless to say, I got the job!

This first start-up case was a tremendous learning adventure. I have the necessary foundation, and Vickie has given me the inspiration to tackle the rest. Most important, I have learned that I do have talent and that there is a place for me in this very exciting field.

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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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