The Internet has brought an age of convenience for Certified Legal Nurse Consultants. It gives you the ability to market and research that is unparalleled in history. With that opportunity comes some danger and today, one of the safest forms of communicating with attorney-clients has been turned against us. Documents created in the super-hand portable document format (PDF) used to be the safest form of sharing documents. Everyone could open them, read them safely and we’d all see the document exactly as its creator intended. Life with PDFs was good.
I was on a hiking trip with a guide, Colin. The trail varied between rock and brush. Colin’s dog, Uzuri, came with us, sometimes running ahead of us, sometimes following behind, but almost never on the trail. Well into the hike we encountered a section of trail infested with burrs. Soon Uzuri came up next to me. She was limping along on three legs, obviously having picked up a burr.
Tom’s Tuesday Tech Tip: Certified Legal Nurse Consultants: Time to Start Practicing Safer Wireless Surfing
I spend a lot of time in airports. Sometimes it seems that the actual flying is the shortest part of the trip. The greater amount of time is spent getting to the airport, passing through the body-cavity checks and double-TSA pat-downs (I’m a sucker for the pat-downs). Then there’s looking for the closest Starbucks®, food (preferably Popeye’s Chicken) and restrooms (in that order). Eventually I find myself sitting in the airline’s lounge chowing down on free drinks and peanuts or sitting on the floor outside the gate with the rest of the steerage passengers I boot up my laptop and log onto the closest free Wi-Fi signal I can find. Here’s a savvy geek-traveler trip – look for the largest airline club. They often have free Wi-Fi for their members and you can soak up some of the over-flow/leakage just by sitting outside their lounge with your wireless card switched on and sponging off their service.
Tom jokes with me that I have two speeds – fast and off. It’s true that I work fast and that I have an innate way of grasping a concept and moving forward with it. I can also switch back and forth between complex issues with a speed and mindfulness that baffles some of my staff (even Tom gets temporarily derailed by sudden changes in direction). At the end of the day though, that speed catches up with me and I switch to off, usually right after a glass of healthy red wine. During the day, I move like quicksilver and expect the same from my staff – the legal nurse consulting world moves rapidly and we need to stay ahead of it.
When you walk into an attorney-prospect’s office you will want the attorney to view you as a professional who produces quality and professional work. To accomplish this goal, it pays to be prepared. One Certified Legal Nurse Consultant shared with me how she learned this lesson the hard way.
For a busy CLNC® consultant staying up with pertinent information on the web can be pretty time consuming. There’s an awful lot of information that changes on a daily, hourly, even as-you-read-this basis. One way for you to stay on top of the news or the latest changes in a subject of interest for your legal nurse consulting business is to use RSS feeds on a customized Google or Yahoo! homepage.
Of all the places I’ve been in the world, Africa is one of my favorites. It really got under my skin and that’s why I know I’ll go back. Periodically, Tom and I revisit Africa through the photos we took there. The last time we did this reminded me of an article I wrote about the migration. I’d like to share it with you to inspire you in your own adventures as a Certified Legal Nurse Consultant.
You Have All the Gear You Need for Your Legal Nurse Consulting Business – It’s Time to Put It to Use
The weather has finally turned to fall here in Houston. This means that for a too-short period of time, those summer days of 104+ degrees are gone. Our recent mornings have been in the low 60’s, what we currently consider “crisp.” Morning is my favorite time and Tom and I are out well before the sun comes up for a walk around our “hood.” This morning was a little extra crisp so I went to get a light jacket and also noticed my hiking gear, my arctic gear, my rain gear and even my diving gear.
Tom’s Tuesday Tech Tip: Should I Put My Legal Nurse Consulting Computer to Sleep at Night or Let it Hibernate?
I was working out the other day and, in order to drive the pain as far from my consciousness as possible, my trainer and I were discussing some issues he was having with his Apple® laptop. Now, I don’t know much about Macs® and I didn’t sleep in a Holiday Inn Express Sunday night but I was more than willing to give him some free tech advice (and forestall any more sets of lunges).
Consulting with Attorneys as a Certified Legal Nurse Consultant Can Sometimes Feel Like an Extreme Sport
Certified Legal Nurse Consultants get paid big bucks. To get paid those big bucks, we have to get off the fence and take a stand, even if that means not always being right. Every successful CLNC® consultant has had that cliff-hanging moment of doubt. Here’s what one Certified Legal Nurse Consultant, Dale Barnes, learned from one of those experiences.