What I like best about being a Certified Legal Nurse Consultant is I do not have a typical day or week for that matter. My days are flexible depending on what I need to get done. Some days I choose not to log any hours at all and relax by the pool, while other days I start at 9:00am sitting in my home office working on cases. I usually sit and work for about two hours at a time and then I take a break.
Writing this blog I have to admit that I am partial to the ScanSnap series of document scanners. On my desk I have both a flatbed scanner and a ScanSnap s1500. I use the flatbed scanner for photographs and large-scale documents. However, you have to manually place each page face-down so it’s time consuming but renders high-quality scans. I use the ScanSnap for receipts and other documents. The amazing thing about the ScanSnap is that any CLNC consultant can dump a 30+ page document into it, push the scan button and a few minutes later the entire document is scanned and ready to be emailed to an attorney-client.
One of the most pivotal days in the beginning of my legal nurse consulting business was recognizing that my business could be bigger than me. I had to choose between being a consultant or being an entrepreneur. The consultant’s life is an easy life. You get paid big bucks to communicate your expertise to attorneys. You can consult as little or as much as you want. Life is good!
Sometimes cases are so horrific that it’s in the defendant’s best interest to admit liability and either settle or take the case to trial for damages only. As an example, I consulted on an obstetrical case where the newborn was declared dead, the parents were informed and the newborn was taken down to the morgue. Then a healthcare provider in the morgue recognized that the newborn was still alive. The physician interrupted the distraught parents’ grieving to inform them that their “dead” baby was actually alive. Their ecstasy was short-lived – because valuable time was lost, the baby was severely brain-injured. Needless to say, that case settled.
When it comes to ambitions, RNs come in all shapes and sizes. We all want something different from our lives and nursing careers and that’s okay. But what’s not okay is to give up on ourselves and our dreams, hunkering down into survival mode.
CLNC® Success Story: 4 Attorneys Are Waiting for Certified Legal Nurse Consultant Paula Solipaca to Get Certified
Certified Legal Nurse Consultant Paula Solipaca, RN, CLNC shares that she has four attorneys waiting for her to obtain CLNC Certification. They can’t wait to start sending their medical-related cases to her!
We’ve all sent, accidently or on purpose, an email that we immediately regretted sending. It may have been an email for your CLNC® business, personal or otherwise. Sometimes we just want to revise our thoughts and other times we just regret those thoughts. But I’ve been asked by many a Certified Legal Nurse Consultant whether or not it’s possible to recall or un-send an email. As my CLNC amigos know, in the tech world the answer is always an unequivocal maybe.
I was recently summoned for jury duty, a civic responsibility that is never convenient for those of us who have busy lives (which is just about all of us these days ☺). And some people not only complain about it, they go out of their way to get out of jury duty. On a different jury summons an attorney on the jury panel claimed bias to get off. Give me a break – he’s an attorney. We all know, and most of us believe, that jury duty is a privilege (not just an obligation) of living in a free country. Having traveled all over the world and having observed different justice systems, jury duty is a privilege I do not take for granted.
What inspires you to be your best self? Encouragement from friends and family? A long weekend to recharge? A sunny spring day in May? I look for inspiration at every turn, and let me tell you when you look for inspiration you almost always find it!