Certified Legal Nurse Consultants, Can You Care Too Much?

There’s nothing worse than someone who cares so little about their job that they put themselves into the space of mediocrity. You know the person, it’s the nurse who drifts through the shift, not extending herself beyond what’s barely necessary to get through to the end of the day. No thought, no effort, no engagement. Content to be mediocre day after day after day.

If I have one problem, it’s that sometimes I’m passionate about everything, whether it’s teaching the CLNC® Certification Program, mentoring a CLNC® consultant or scrubbing out my tea mug at the end of the day (Okay, maybe not the tea mug). I can’t help myself – I’m either all in or all out – there’s no middle ground for me. Even when I worked at Burger King, I was passionate about hamburgers and french fries. My twin brother, Vince, and his friends could always count on me to deliver the hottest, most tightly-packed fries into those small paper bags.

So that’s why I don’t understand someone who can show up in their job or business and mentally check out for the day, but be convinced they’re working. The most successful Certified Legal Nurse Consultants aren’t lucky, they’re the ones who are heavily invested and engaged in their CLNC® business.

I always say I’m a working CEO. That’s why I love Thomas Edison’s quote, “The harder I work, the luckier I get.” I find the more I care, the harder I work and the luckier I get.

I’m just sayin’

P.S. Comment here and share how passion and hard work have paid off for you.

5 thoughts on “Certified Legal Nurse Consultants, Can You Care Too Much?

  1. I have worked with those nurses who were mediocre. I found that many do not do what I call the follow-through. When we call the MD to get an order and give the treatment or medication, I expect to know the results and let the MD know if it worked or not. Many nurses have opinions they keep to themselves because they have been knocked down so many times, creating that space of mediocrity. I could not go in that space. I am glad I stuck to my guns.
    I am finding in this business, the discovery of how mediocre care is getting into the litigation arena. I had one attorney say to me recently, “How could the nurses get so lackadaisical in their documentation and care?” My response was, “I think we have some good deposition questions in this area.” I appreciate that my opinion matters in this business.

  2. Nurses who go through the motions are very hard to work with. These nurses can make a long day oh so much longer! Most of these nurses should have picked another field or have been beaten down so much they check in and check out! That is one reason I like being a CLNC® consultant. When I am reviewing charts, I can be as type A as I want. Needless to say, it pays off! I became a CLNC® consultant in September. I sent my résumé to a local attorney that I took care of months before. I resent the resume with a encouragement card knowing that he was still in PT. A week later I got a call; he was interested, but still no appointment. Then I heard nothing for 11 days. I was determined to get an appointment. I decided to copy my CLNC® Certificate and sent it to him. A day later I got a call and a chart. Now I am on my way!

  3. So true, Vickie – sometimes I think to myself “settle down”, but then I realize – I don’t want to! An attorney recently said to me, “maybe you should be paying me to review this case!” I just love it.

  4. First of all, I strongly believe that most of my blessings are reward from God for working hard and taking care of my patients. It paid off because my patient’s mother ended up as my sister-in-law. She was pleased with the way I took care of her son while he was sick. The compassion, dedication, empathy, love and care was too much for her to forget, so she introduced her handsome, and God-fearing brother to me who is now my husband and best friend. Together we have two beautiful boys and still counting.

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