By the time the case is finished, I will earn $10,000. Not a bad start for a project I landed minutes after completing LegalNurse.com’s course.
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. 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 LegalNurse.com’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 completed the CLNC Certification Program, 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 said, “$250 an hour.” The attorney didn’t say anything. Remembering the Institute’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 LegalNurse.com’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.
She 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 completing LegalNurse.com’s course.
LegalNurse.com’s VIP CLNC®Certification System Gave Me the Confidence I Needed
I’ve been to hundreds of seminars. The Institute’s dynamic teaching style is the best I’ve seen. When you’re out on your own, worrying if you’re doing it right, one of the scenarios comes to mind and you have your answer. I have followed their advice to the letter.
I am so glad I own the VIP CLNC Certification System. The biggest benefit is the FREE one-on-one mentoring with the CLNC Mentors. They are talented, skillful and brimming over with knowledge, and they’re also great people.
Another fabulous plus to the VIP CLNC Certification System is the resource library of actual case reports and advanced programs. They have been a tremendous help. They lay out specific examples, showing how to approach cases and what to look for. With LegalNurse.com’s training and the VIP CLNC Certification 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 the Institute’s knowledge, experience and coaching. I will be a lifelong supporter of the CLNC Certification Program.
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