Within 20 Minutes I Was Earning $250 an Hour as a Certified Legal Nurse Consultant*
by Kathy Whitehouse, RN, BA, CLNC
During my entire nursing career I worked the night shift – seven years in a burn ICU, two years in accommodation ICU and the past 12 years in high-risk labor and delivery. I was in that segment of nurses – our average age is 46 – who are burned out and desperate to move on.
In addition to working the night shift and raising my two sons, I attended law school for a year. My schooling went well but it was killing me.
By the time the case is finished, I will earn $10,000. Not a bad start for a project I landed minutes after returning from Vickie’s course.
I couldn’t keep up the pace. I also knew that as a lawyer I’d have to start over at the bottom. Surely my 20 years of nursing experience was an asset I could build on. I began looking for an alternative.
During my nursing career I’d had the opportunity to give three depositions. After the last deposition, one of the attorneys followed me out to the car. He said I had done an excellent job without getting rattled and asked if I would look at two more cases. I did give my opinion – one case was frivolous, the other had some merit – and got paid quite well for my services.
When I saw Vickie Milazzo Institute’s ad for the CLNC® Certification Program, the idea of becoming a CLNC consultant sparked a flame. As a Certified Legal Nurse Consultant, I could use my nursing experience and build a new career without starting all over.
Minutes After Finishing the Course I Landed My First Case
Twenty minutes after I returned home from the CLNC Certification Seminar, the phone rang. Someone I worked with five years ago had given my number to an attorney looking for a legal nurse consultant. The attorney had a brain-injured baby case. She said, “I heard you have a lot of experience in that area. I’d like you to look at the chart.”
When she asked my fee, I saw Vickie in my head telling me how to deal with money questions. I said, “$250 an hour.” The attorney didn’t say anything. Remembering Vickie’s advice, I also kept silent – no backing down, no explaining, no justifying, just silence.
After a moment she said my fee was higher than she usually paid. I pointed out that I had completed Vickie Milazzo Institute’s CLNC® Certification Program and was trained to zero in on the specific case points she would need. The attorney was familiar with the Institute’s program and was impressed with my CLNC® Certification as well as my nursing credentials and experience.
The attorney asked me to present an extensive report with a timeline and a list of points I thought the other side would attack. By the time the case is finished, I will earn $10,000. Not a bad start for a project I landed minutes after returning from Vickie’s course.
Vickie’s VIP CLNC® Success System Gave Me the Confidence I Needed
I’ve been to hundreds of seminars. Vickie’s dynamic teaching style is the best I’ve seen. Vickie works with her students, making each point interesting, so that even at the end of the day, when you’re tired, she still holds your attention. I especially like the examples she gives. When you’re out on your own, worrying if you’re doing it right, one of Vickie’s scenarios comes to mind and you have your answer. I have followed Vickie’s advice to the letter.
I had the opportunity to meet and talk with Vickie at length. She is not only very innovative and bright, but she is also genuinely interested in each nurse’s success.
I am so glad I own the VIP CLNC Success System. The biggest benefit is the unlimited opportunity for FREE one-on-one mentoring with the CLNC Mentors. They are talented, skillful and brimming over with knowledge, and they’re also great people. I can tell by talking with anyone at the Institute that they all enjoy working with Vickie, and to me, that demonstrates her integrity. Knowing I’m not out there alone gives me the confidence to go for it.
Another fabulous plus to the VIP CLNC Success System is the resource library of actual case reports and audio programs. They have been a tremendous help. They lay out specific examples, showing how to approach cases and what to look for. With Vickie’s training and the VIP CLNC Success System, I have at my fingertips all the resources I need.
After 20 years of working nights, I’ve finally come into the light. I have an exciting and challenging career. I love the interaction with attorneys and feel that what I do is important. I have the freedom and flexibility to set my own schedule, going out for the occasional meeting yet living the good life and earning great money, and it’s all due to Vickie’s knowledge, experience and coaching. I will be a lifelong supporter of the CLNC Certification Program, and I look forward to meeting my friends again at the next NACLNC® Conference.
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