The NACLNC® Private Apprenticeship group had a great experience last week when we went to court. There was a trial going on and I introduced myself to the court officer. I told him who we were, Certified Legal Nurse Consultants there to observe the trial process. He then went into the judge’s chambers and let the judge know who we were and our reason for attending. Before the trial got started, the judge invited us into his chambers. While there, the judge briefed us on the case we were about to see. He also discussed the parties and players so we had a little background while observing the trial.
The trial itself was a great learning experience. The judge even included us and educated us during the trial. We got to hear the cross-exam of the plaintiff expert, see how they use exhibits, observe how depositions are used in a trial and of course witness many objections. The case was presented by the plaintiff attorney and then the defense attorney presented his case. We also had the opportunity to observe the closing and it was interesting to note each attorney’s strengths and weaknesses as they did so. After closing arguments the judge brought us back into chambers and expressed how helpful CLNC® consultants are to attorneys.
The CLNC consultants loved this experience and here is what they had to say about the day:
“The judge told us of cases where the attorneys did not have Certified Legal Nurse Consultants working with them and it was obvious. He said the attorneys can’t even pronounce medical terms correctly.”
– Jane Ambrose, RN, BSN, CLNC
“It was good to watch and observe a trial without any attachments. Seeing the experts testify makes me realize that maybe I could do it too. As Vickie says, ‘We are nurses and we can do anything®.’”
– Georgia Ferguson, RN, MS, CLNC
“I learned that going to court is an easy way to market my CLNC services without being obvious.”
– Pam Fuller, RN, CLNC
“I was impressed at how much the judge values what CLNC consultants offer to the legal industry.”
– Jan Ginapp, RN, BSN, CLNC
“The judge encourages the use of Certified Legal Nurse Consultants to be a liaison between law and medicine. If you are thinking about being a testifying expert, go to court first, make yourself comfortable and watch a few trials. You will see that you can do it.”
– MaryAnn Jeffries, RN, BSN, CLNC
“I’m going home and going to court. This trial gave me insight on the judges’ role and how they look up to CLNC consultants and really value our opinion. Hearing the judge say that we bridge the gap confirms the need for Certified Legal Nurse Consultants in medical-related cases.”
– Diane Jones, RN, CNOR, CLNC
“I was surprised that even the judge notices how impressed attorneys are with CLNC consultants.”
– Janice McIntosh, RN, BSN, CLNC
“Hearing what goes on in a real trial confirms the need for Certified Legal Nurse Consultants. The judge gave us ideas of where we could be useful in a variety of cases, not just medical malpractice or personal injury.”
– Lolita Paredes, RN, MHA, CLNC
I loved working with this group of amazing Certified Legal Nurse Consultants.
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Dorene Goldstein, RNC, BSN, CLNC has owned Goldstein Nurse Consultants in Massachusetts since 2001. She specializes in plaintiff and defense medical malpractice, products liability and personal injury litigation. Dorene is a CLNC Mentor and guest faculty member for Vickie Milazzo Institute.
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