I’ve been privileged for 32 years to share my ideas with Certified Legal Nurse Consultants. Sometimes I inspire. Sometimes I excite. Sometimes I provoke. I know I’m onto something when I incite an RN or two into apoplexy and yes, that happened at least once or twice this year.
How many times have you gotten all geared up to analyze a medical case for an attorney-client only to find that the information is incomplete and records are missing? What’s a Certified Legal Nurse Consultant to do?
Yesterday I mentored a Certified Legal Nurse Consultant who is noticing that her CLNC business has plateaued. She’s been on a pretty nice ride for a while, but now she’s is ready to grow. She admits she hasn’t been paying much attention to the business itself – she’s just been trying to keep up with her legal nurse consulting jobs from attorney-clients.
TGIF? Yes? After all, today is not just any Friday, it’s the Friday after Christmas and for many of us that means a five day weekend. It doesn’t get much better than that!
Merry Christmas to all Certified Legal Nurse Consultants and Registered Nurses. I’m guessing you and your loved ones have already opened all of the presents under the tree. This means you’re either sitting amongst the litter of discarded wrapping paper and broken ornaments, hoping for a second cup of coffee (or another spiked glass of egg nog!) or you’re heading to the dinner table anxiously awaiting the holiday feast and turkey-tryptophan coma that follows.
This has been an exciting year for me. I’ve trekked with endangered mountain gorillas in Rwanda, attended a hilltop party hosted by my favorite Napa Valley wineries, experienced a 6.0 earthquake and had the privilege of creating a Bucket List experience for Certified Legal Nurse Consultants when Oprah dropped in on our Consultant 2.0 reception.
For years I’ve shared my morning tea time ritual with you and I can attest those calming minutes spent taking care of me have helped in many tough situations. As a Certified Legal Nurse Consultant you’re guaranteed to experience moments when you don’t know the answer or an attorney catches you in a mistake.
Yesterday a Certified Legal Nurse Consultant sent in this mentoring request: “I am locating an MD expert for an attorney. What is the going referral rate for another CLNC consultant who refers an MD expert to me?” I advised that the standard business practice is to treat the referring Certified Legal Nurse Consultant as a CLNC subcontractor and pay 50% of the expert witness location fee.
When I was born Dad knew I would be different. He didn’t know why – he just knew. He sure didn’t know I’d start this crazy legal nurse consulting business, train Certified Legal Nurse Consultants, appear on national TV, author a New York Times bestselling book or rub shoulders with powerful people, but not once did he ever express surprise at my successes.
In the past I’ve blogged about an important strategy for legal nurse consultants – networking with power players. While you’ll probably only know or meet a few power players in your lifetime, there are a large and varied group of successful professionals in all the right places who can connect you with attorneys and even a power player or two.