My Legal Nurse Consulting Journey Started in a Raft from Cuba
Video – Ana Ramirez, RN, BS, CRRN, CLNC
I learned from the Institute that one step at a time will guide you in the right direction. My journey started in 2007. I am a Cuban rafter. Yes, I came in a boat through the Caribbean Sea. I lost 20 pounds just from seasickness. I arrived alive at the Texas border (since a shark didn’t eat me) and requested political asylum.
Once in United States territory, I learned English in six months, and started college to become a registered nurse. The advisor told me, “It’s not easy, but it’s possible.” I started receiving information about the Institute’s CLNC® Certification Program. Vickie’s smile told me, “You can do this.” In January 2020, I became a Certified Legal Nurse Consultant. That same day I got my first attorney-client. I tried to control my excitement, smiled and affirmed, “Sure, I can do this.”
I immediately called the Institute to share that I had obtained my first attorney-client. The woman on the call said, “Relax, just do what the Institute teaches, and you’ll be fine.” I charged $125/hr. on my first case. Today (7 months later), I have a successful legal nurse consulting business.
My success is not about money; it’s about reaching the American dream, that thousands of Cubans never reached because they died in the Caribbean Sea pursuing freedom. My success is about being a female, hispanic RN (less than 7% of the nursing workforce is Latino), a single mother and nationalized Cuban-American with my own successful CLNC business.
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