3 Mentoring Questions Legal Nurse Consultants Should Never Ask

3 Mentoring Questions Legal Nurse Consultants Should Never Ask

I love to mentor Certified Legal Nurse Consultants, but I’m sometimes puzzled by the absurdness of the CLNC® Mentoring requests that come across my desk at LegalNurse.com.

As an example, here are three of the most ridiculous questions from just this week! (If you want my answers you’ll have to watch the video.)

The first is a question that is already well-covered in the CLNC Certification Program, e.g., “How do I locate an expert witness?”

Second the legal nurse consultant who says, “I don’t know what my question is, I just need to talk to somebody.”

And finally, my all-time favorite, “What does the attorney want from me?”

I want you to be successful, and the CLNC Mentors and I will answer your questions and mentor you on whatever question you ask. But, remember a question is a powerful thing. Don’t squander it.

I’m Just Sayin’

P.S. Comment and share how you pick and choose your mentoring questions.

4 thoughts on “3 Mentoring Questions Legal Nurse Consultants Should Never Ask

  1. I spend quite a bit of time thinking and researching before I ask a question. Maybe too much. But I don’t ask a question until it can be answered clearly and concisely.

  2. Deer in the headlight FEAR is what I read into these types of questions. They flow like water, path of least resistance. It apparently is easier for some to reach out and ask these types of questions without a thought of using independence for directions. Self sought answers and knowledge to those questions is found from from re-reading the Core Curriculum for Legal Nurse Consulting® textbook and notes from LegalNurse.com over and over until one gets it.

    The beauty of being a CLNC® consultant is the independence and freedom (autonomy) to run a business without someone looking over our shoulders constantly telling us what to do and how to do it.

  3. Becoming a CLNC® consultant is a learning curve that will draw a lot from your ability to be decisive and take individual responsibility in various situations, even if you are wrong!

  4. I do remember listening to your comments back when I took the CLNC® Certification Program and the recommended etiquette when making these sort of phone calls. I find many times the answer lies in my reference books anyway. Therefore, like others, I try to answer my question(s) first after researching in the Core Curriculum for Legal Nurse Consulting textbook and on the LegalNurse.com website. Being part detective as a CLNC® consultant is all about making sure the research part of my job has been completely done.

    Typically I’ll hear questions (in my head) that an opposing attorney may ask my attorney-client during a mediation or trial. Being thorough is ever so important. I actually witnessed a judge throw away another consultants work after having them sworn in. Judges do read the evidence ahead of time and before the trial. His Honor was irate since it was evident this consultant did NOT even read all the way through the client’s medical documents and actually recommended work positions that were not possible to hold. This was due to the severe injuries sustained and the doctor’s documentation/testimony in regard to the injuries. Then His Honor proceeded to admonish this consultant while seated in the witness stand (I certainly took notice along with the others in this open courtroom).

    This was while I was waiting for our case to be called. I was so glad to hear a positive comment from His Honor about my work product after what I had witnessed. H. Strasko, RN, CLNC, CPC, CCRN-R

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