Any CLNC consultant you ask will tell you that their smartphone is the best thing that’s ever happened to them and their legal nurse consulting business. But, have our smartphones out-smarted us and made us less – instead of more – smart and productive? It’s time to take back your life from your smartphone, recover your common sense and rediscover what it means to be productive.
This is one of my most memorable cases because it expanded my role as a Certified Legal Nurse Consultant. The child in this case was 4-years-old when he attended a church day care while his parents attended services. He was an active, healthy child, but did have a milk allergy. The boy was aware of his own allergy and always told his teachers he could not drink milk.
A recent study by the BMJ, validates what Certified Legal Nurse Consultants already know: the most common reason doctors are sued is failure to diagnose a disease or other condition. Not surprisingly, the most frequently missed diagnoses are cancer and heart attacks. The most common outcome of this failure to diagnose is – you guessed it – death. The study reported that most diagnostic errors are due to faulty clinical reasoning and misinterpretation of diagnostic tests.
I am constantly surprised by what people share online. Sometimes I’m horrified, sometimes shocked and occasionally amazed. My latest OMG! WDITOT? (Oh my gosh! Why didn’t I think of that?) moment came while trying to work out an issue with a table in Microsoft Word. Word’s built-in help function wasn’t that helpful and forced me to turn to other sources. Googling the issue, I found an instructional video, not on Microsoft’s extremely in-depth website, but on YouTube!
Pro bono means “done without compensation for the public good” – in other words, providing services free to a worthy cause. Pro bono work in the legal arena means donating your time and your CLNC services to attorneys who themselves work free on behalf of the poor, the underprivileged or for a special cause. Most pro bono cases are handled through nonprofit organizations.
Deadlines can become a double-edged sword for CLNC consultants. On one hand, a generous deadline creates the space for you to produce your highest quality work product. Likewise, a short deadline trains you to be efficient and helps you learn how to create work product that is cost-effective and “good enough.”
We’re living during a time when it’s almost fashionable to be out of control. If you disagree, have you checked your Facebook newsfeed recently? It’s full of examples of people that are out of control and are letting the world know it.
We’ve all been there – in a Starbucks with our laptops, drinking coffee and munching on a bagel or other tasty snack while working on our legal nurse consulting business or waiting for an appointment with an attorney-client. Then, right after the third vente skinny latte, you guessed it, it’s restroom time. I know that nurses can (and often do) go for weeks without using the restroom, but sometimes duty just plain calls. When that happens, what do you do with your laptop?
I detest whining and complaining, but I too am very capable of it and accomplished at it. Women often like to talk out our problems. But there’s a fine line between talking something out and simply whining and complaining about it. I’ve been known to ask an employee or two or four, “Hey, would you like me to get you some cheese to go with that whine?”
We’ve all been taught that what’s on the inside is much more important than what’s on the outside. But contrary to what the experts say, I believe what’s on the outside just might be as important (or even more important) than what’s on the inside.