It is critical to stay detached when you’re analyzing medical-related cases as a Certified Legal Nurse Consultant. Our job is not to be a vigilante for injured people or the protector of overworked, underpaid registered nurses. Our job is to give an objective viewpoint of the merits of the case. Sometimes that means telling a defense attorney that the case is meritorious. And sometimes it means telling a plaintiff attorney the case has no merit despite unfortunate injuries.
This is not always easy, as is highlighted by an RN who shared that she herself had been sued in a medical malpractice case. The good news is this nurse was successfully defended by the defense attorney and she won the case. But she was surprised to discover how bad she felt for the affected brain-injured baby and his parents.
If it’s tough to stay detached about an injured plaintiff when you’re the one being sued, it’s indeed challenging to do so when you are the CLNC® consultant in the case. But beware: let your emotions get in the way of your consulting opinions and the loser might not just be the plaintiff or defendant but also you and your CLNC business.
I’m Just Sayin’
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