The morning of my birthday I woke up in a villa on stilts over the water in the Maldives. The portion of the Indian Ocean that extended into the safe harbor of our atoll was a brilliant azure blue. It was a storybook location. I sipped my two cups of healthy green tea, simply sitting and listening to the whisper of the waves beneath me, then climbed down into the hammock that had been beckoning. Soon I was in a state of bliss.
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The night before, when we climbed off the boat from the airport and checked into the hotel, there were all sorts of activities to sign up for. My first response was that I wanted to do them all. But prudently all we signed up for was a 10:00pm dinner reservation. Those of you that know me well know that a 10:00pm dinner is quite a stretch – at home I’m usually into a REM cycle, not a glass of red wine, at 10:00pm.
The next morning, my birthday, I woke up and thought to myself,
The BEST part of being a Certified Legal Nurse Consultant is the ability to choose how I want to spend my day. Barring the fact that there are times when I do not have the liberty to control my schedule because of an arbitration, mediation or trial, my typical day always begins with two cups of Java while looking out onto my garden. Enjoying the quiet and tranquility of the morning keeps me centered and calm.
Once I have breakfast, I stroll into my home office and start checking email. Usually there are urgent requests from various attorney-clients on different medical-related cases, so I begin by prioritizing the order in which I need to respond. Then, I turn to the current project at hand. The project may be medical record review and analysis, reviewing a CLNC subcontractor’s latest report, reading deposition transcripts, reviewing medical bills, preparing a damages analysis and/or conducting research.
Soon it is time for lunch. Depending upon how busy the day is, I consume some healthy protein and then go for a 3-mile run. I clean up, grab a healthy snack and return to my home office to check email and resume the project at hand.
I know many Certified Legal Nurse Consultants with old computers, maybe not with monochrome screens but close. I also know many CLNC® consultants with brand spanking new, or nearly new, Macs, Windows 8 and Windows 7 machines. If you’re still running Windows XP, it’s really time to move. If you’re running Internet Explorer on a Windows XP machine take heed of this notice from CERT, a division of the Department of Homeland Security. Running IE and XP creates a security risk for your computer and Cert recommends you move to a different browser. I recommend Firefox or Chrome and I recommend you move quickly.
No matter the age of your computer, my CLNC amigos need to keep your web browsers up to date. Some are easier to do than others – Google’s® Chrome® browser updates itself. Firefox®can be set to do the same. Even Internet Explorer® 11 can be set to automatically update either by itself or as part of Windows updates (which you should do anyway). Safari® seems to update itself,
I was in Kigali, Rwanda talking to a young woman, Darlene, who’d lost her aunts and uncles to the 1994 genocide. As you probably recall, in 100 days more than 1,000,000 Rwandans classified as Tutsi were machine-gunned, hacked and clubbed to death by Rwandan Hutus. Neighbors murdered neighbors. Coworkers killed coworkers. Anyone labeled Tutsi by their identity card was marked for death and many were killed. Visiting the Genocide Memorial is a sobering experience. Photos of the missing victims, children, parents, siblings are hung in a room – taken from the walls of the refugee camps where survivors hoped that against the odds they’d find any other surviving family member.
Darlene attends the Akilah Institute for Women, whose mission is to help young Rwandan women become successful entrepreneurs and leaders in their country. She survived due to a stroke of luck – her parents sought refuge in Burundi during the genocide while the rest of her family had stayed behind in Rwanda to perish. When I asked her about her loss, she said “I cannot change the past, but I can change the future.” Profound and amazingly upbeat – I can’t say that I would feel the same way.
Successful Certified Legal Nurse Consultants know the power of being focused completely on one thing – and one thing only. But it’s easy to forget what that even feels like with our kids, spouses, attorney-clients, legal nurse consulting cases, email and Facebook friends coming at us 24 hours a day.
We were blessed with a perfect day – but still the ground was slick from previous rains and it made for treacherous footing. I was totally focused on each and every step. My only concerns – the root I was about to trip over or the muddy patch that I might slip on and slide off the 40-ft drop off.
I just got back from tracking gorillas in Rwanda – a country I never thought I’d visit and an experience I never thought I’d have. My twin brother, Vince jokes that he loves animals more than he loves people. After experiencing gorillas in the wild, I know why. LOL! When a gorilla looks at you the experience is spiritual. It’s like they are looking into your soul and affirming all the mysteries of life.
Certified Legal Nurse Consultant Melissa Williams, RN, CLNC shares that five attorneys kept after her to obtain her CLNC Certification as quickly as possible!
Melissa started the CLNC Certification Program online, but decided to attend and get certified at the CLNC Certification Seminar instead. Great choice, as five attorneys were standing in line waiting for her to start her CLNC business.
Congratulations Melissa for going after those attorneys!
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If you’re like me and prefer to read without clicking, simply look for a “print” icon on the top or bottom of a page. If a CLNC® consultant were to click on that icon it usually puts the story into a single-page-view designed for printing. And guess what? That single-page-view is ideal for reading the entire article – usually without advertisements. It also looks great when you print it out for that legal nurse consulting work product.
Two more simple tips for my CLNC amigos are to ignore those “back to top” buttons that often float on the side of a webpage. If you need to go to the top of a page (after reading to the end) simply hit the “Home” button on your keyboard. If you want to jump to the bottom of a webpage hit the “End” button.
At 5:50am this morning, I was waiting for Starbucks® to open before we started the Las Vegas CLNC® Certification Seminar. It’s hard to believe that in Vegas a Starbucks doesn’t open until 6:00am, but that’s why I was in line. Waiting. Patiently. For. My. Caffeine. Fix.
Vickie Milazzo Institute is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.
The National Alliance of Certified Legal Nurse Consultants (NACLNC®) is the largest and oldest association of legal nurse consultants.
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*The opinions and statements made by Vickie Milazzo, the founder of Medical-Legal Consulting Institute, Inc. are based on her experiences and expertise, should not be applied beyond the specific context provided, and do not guaranty or project actual results. Vickie Milazzo is no longer involved in the operations or management of the business, but is involved as an independent education consultant.