How has your income level changed in this economy?
Dale: Vickie, I’m proud to say that last year I was a little ahead with my legal nurse consulting business compared to the prior year – which is saying something when so many other types of businesses experienced a downturn. I’m going to be away for most of January, on a trip to East Africa. People are amazed that I can afford to leave my business during this economy.
Every attorney I have a case with or who I am on the verge of getting a case from will have a contact number to call me directly, if I’m needed. I also have someone for them to call if they need a live body to take care of something while I’m gone. And I’ll be in contact with everyone by email. I’ll never disappear so that a client can’t find me, which gives them a level of comfort yet doesn’t keep me anchored to my desk. That’s one of the joys of being a CLNC® consultant.
Do you still love being a Certified Legal Nurse Consultant as much as you did in the beginning?
Dale: More. I’m 60 years old and I can’t imagine ever retiring. Every case is different. Every situation is different. People often ask me what a typical day is like. There isn’t one – and that’s what I love about what I do. I feel like Columbo putting the pieces together in a puzzle that deserves my special kind of CLNC® expertise, and it’s fun.
I think being a CLNC® consultant is the best of all worlds for RNs. We get to use our nursing experience and expertise, we get to use our brains and we also get to be independent. We interact with people who appreciate us – working with attorneys is much better than working with physicians. Attorneys think we’re terrific.
Any CLNC® consultant who is feeling bombarded by bad news in the media should just ignore the economy and keep doing what they’ve been taught by LegalNurse.com. The legal nurse business is out there, perhaps more than ever before. Attorneys need us, perhaps more than ever. Keep marketing, keep the lines of communication open and you’ll get where you want to be.
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