As a Certified Legal Nurse Consultant I consult and assist acute general inpatient rehabilitation facilities (IRFs) with Medicare Part A appeals. It is somewhat different from working on medical malpractice or personal injury cases. Although I do work with the corporate facility attorneys, once a case escalates it goes to the level of an administrative law judge (ALJ) hearing.
Archive for month: July, 2014
CLNC consultants often tell me that the reports written for their legal nurse consulting business can become quite long documents. If you’ve ever worked with a long document you know that moving around in that document can be a pain in the butt.
I'm at the American Association for Justice Convention in Baltimore promoting Certified Legal Nurse Consultants to trial attorneys from all over the U.S.
Exhibiting is one of my favorite marketing strategies, right up there with referrals from attorney-clients and networking with everyone you know. And that’s exactly what the CLNC Marketing Mentors and I are doing this week – exhibiting.
I have the best job on the planet. I help make registered nurses (the heroes of healthcare) happy. While 84% of RNs say they do not consistently get respect and appreciation at their RN hospital jobs, Certified Legal Nurse Consultants are unanimous that respect is just one of the many benefits they enjoy consulting with attorneys.
After I became a Certified Legal Nurse Consultant I built my attorney-client base from one to four attorney-clients while still working at the hospital. Many weeks I worked 10-15 hours of overtime at my RN job in the ambulatory surgery department. And while this added to my checking account, I felt physically drained, mentally bored and definitely not in control of my nursing career. My CLNC business suffered because my hospital job took priority.
I’m a gadget guy. I love gadgets. Here’s one I think is stellar – Fuse Chicken’s Une Bobine iPhone stand. If you purchase the stand and the car adaptor, it will allow you to place your iPhone at a reasonable height in your car. That way, when you’re using your phone for directions, as would a busy CLNC consultant on her way to meet with a new attorney-client, it’s right where you can hear it or glance at the directions without taking your eyes too far off the road.
Sometimes a girl’s just gotta have fun and when I haven’t been working on the National Nurses’ Stress Survey, I’ve been having a lot of fun this summer. This photo is a small depiction of just how much fun I’ve been having. As you can see, it’s not a traditional farm stand, and it serves its share of unhealthy foods, so I’m writing this article as much for me as for you.
Every medical-related case you analyze as a Certified Legal Nurse Consultant holds a truth of the facts – i.e., exactly what transpired. Yet we weren’t there, so there is something standing between that truth and the outcome of the case whether it settles or goes to trial. That something is perception. Perception is not truth, it is interpretation.
The National Nurses’ Stress Survey revealed that a whopping 88% of the RN respondents find it difficult to do something fun at least once a week. I personally wanted to cry as I read many of the comments about the lack of joy in the personal lives of nurses, including one from an RN who said, “About to get married and can’t get time off.”