All Certified Legal Nurse Consultants Should Read, Interpret and Question Like Mark Rothko

Last weekend I had the opportunity to experience Mark Rothko: A Retrospective at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston (MFAH). The museum did an amazing job of pulling together more than 60 of Rothko’s paintings from all periods of his career showing different artistic styles culminating in the style he is best known for, abstract expressionism. There were works I’d never seen before and creations in styles I never knew that Rothko explored.

I have always felt blessed to have Rothko Chapel near my home. The Chapel contains 14 of Rothko’s works and is a true sanctuary.

Saturday, I learned something about Mark Rothko that I never knew – it wasn’t just the sheer diversity of his canvases that led him to his final style. It was also a philosophy to read, interpret and question. His works are open to various interpretations and Rothko himself stated: “The most interesting painting is one that expresses more of what one thinks than of what one sees.”

Certified Legal Nurse Consultants can take a lesson from Mark Rothko. You’re working in a world of attorneys who follow the same philosophy – read, interpret and question – in order to win their cases. In fact, as a CLNC® consultant your primary focus in the medical record is to do just that. We all know that the medical record is simply a record. It takes a true CLNC detective to delve into a medical record, interpret what is there and question what is and isn’t – all to arrive at a final conclusion and the best result for the attorney-client.

When art gets as simple as Rothko’s, everything counts. Medical-legal cases are not simple and neither is your analysis, but all successful CLNC consultants agree that every aspect of case analysis counts. If Rothko was speaking to Certified Legal Nurse Consultants I’m certain the advice he’d give is “read, interpret and question.”  This is the foundation of every legal nurse consultant’s job.

I’m Just Sayin’

P.S. Comment and share how you use Rothko’s philosophy of “read, interpret and question”  in your legal nurse consulting business.

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