Nurse Overcame “Professional Bradycardia” as a Certified Legal Nurse Consultant

There I was nearly nine years ago, suffering from what I now refer to as “professional bradycardia.” I signed up for LegalNurse.com’s CLNC Certification Seminar and had my breath taken away! That seminar in 2000 was about to change my life forever and ever. However, at the time I only knew it was The Best program I had ever attended as a nurse, bar none!

It would be one and a half years later that I would have to wait for another positive breathless moment. It came after my first attorney-client gave me my first three cases, one right after the other, and then stated to me after paying his third retainer, “Larry, I just want to let you know that that you are not charging enough for these reports.” That was the icing on the cake. It made me realize that I could do this type of work and do it well, but thinking at the same time…well duh…I was trained by The Best! Based on that attorney’s advice and knowing that I was trained by the best, I substantially increased my hourly fee, never looked back and now never blink, shudder or stutter when I quote my fee to attorneys.

I was so excited that I picked up the phone and called LegalNurse.com in Houston. I asked if I could thank Vickie in person at the next CLNC Certification Seminar in Philadelphia (my CLNC training ground). The answer came back, “yes,” and I found myself driving to Philadelphia in September 2002. I gave my little thank-you story with a microphone in front of me and I found myself breathless again, both from the fright of public speaking and from the reaction I received from the 300 nurses in attendance. I remember pinching myself and smiling from ear to ear on my drive home that day from Philadelphia.

I once again became breathless in March 2003 as I received the National Alliance of Certified Legal Nurse Consultants CLNC Success Story Award at the annual NACLNC Conference. Imagine, this old-as-dirt nurse, with average nursing skills, up on that huge stage with Vickie Milazzo in Orlando, Florida receiving such an award! It DID take my breath away and It DID FEEL GOOD!

One final breathless moment I would like to share, came very recently as I expanded my CLNC business to include nine subcontractors, all of whom are Certified Legal Nurse Consultants! I refer to my initiative as Peas in a Pod with the POD being my company who will act as the Point Of Distribution for casework to the Peas who are the CLNC® subcontractors. We have bi-weekly group phone conferences and also stay connected by Pea Pod Ponderings, a weekly email sent by Larry Pea to the other Peas. All the Peas, each with their specific area of nursing expertise, makes the POD strong and unique, however what takes my breath away is the fact all the Peas are very, very special to me and as a POD, we are able to offer my attorney-clients over 225 years of nursing experience, guiding them as we journey through the medical records! Another breathtaking moment indeed will also be when the Peas collectively meet at the next NACLNC Conference!

Thank you Vickie for making me one SOB (Short Of Breath) Certified Legal Nurse Consultant!

Lawrence H. Frace, RN, CLNC

P.S. Comment if you would like to congratulate Larry on his CLNC success and thank him for sharing how he overcame professional bradycardia.

8 thoughts on “Nurse Overcame “Professional Bradycardia” as a Certified Legal Nurse Consultant

  1. Thank you Larry for this!

    I have enjoyed ‘reading’ you and following you these 3 years since I have been a “breathless” Certified Legal Nurse Consutlant also. I heard you speak at a session in 2007 about making your own marketing CDs and so sorry I missed speaking with you in person at the NACLNC® Conference in Nashville this year.

    Congratulations to you and your ‘peas’! I wish you continued success!

  2. That is an amazing story. I got goosebumps just reading it! Especially when Larry spoke about how he felt in the car driving home from that conference; I got such a clear picture of that- driving alone in a car just grinning from ear to ear (other drivers probably looking at you like you’re crazy), heart racing with excitement and enthusiasm, and feeling on top of the world! Congratulations, Larry! You deserve all of your success. Thank you for sharing your story. I am not even a nurse, but this kind of enthusiasm and drive can inspire anyone.

  3. Way to go Larry-this story has given me some inspiration to get my Butt in gear and get started with marketing and talking to attorneys face to face.
    My CLNC® business is just getting started as I make my way through the NACLNC® Apprenticeship program. Best of Luck to your POD!

  4. Thank you Larry for the words you share. I am going to be attending the CLNC® 6-Day Certification in Chicago in about a week. I decided to make this commitment and it’s stories like yours that keep me going. Thank you and good luck.

  5. Thank you for sharing your inspirational story!! It’s stories like yours that keeps me encouraged that I can do this as I am finally taking my first big baby steps towards starting my own practice! Best of luck for continued success!

  6. Congratulations Larry! You are an inspiration.

    I have heard of the Pea Pod Concept, and you have really developed it. I am a new Certified Legal Nurse Consultant, just returned from the Orlando CLNC® 6-Day Certification Seminar (I KNOW I passed!) and I would be honored to be considered as a Pea of yours in the future.
    May you always be BLESSED!

  7. I would like to thank those who commented on Vickie’s Blog and via email for your most generous comments that you made in regards to my story “Nurse Overcame Professional Bradycardia as a Certified Legal Nurse Consultant.” I also wish to thank Vickie and the LegalNurse.com for sharing my story and for changing my life forever and ever 10 years ago.

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