4 RNs Share 8 Perks of Being a Certified Legal Nurse Consultant

4 RNs Share 8 Perks of Being a Certified Legal Nurse Consultant

You’re Your Own Boss

As a CLNC® consultant you’re in complete control of how things are done and what you accomplish in your legal nurse consultant jobs. You decide how to run your CLNC business and the types of cases you consult on.

You set your own hours. Find yourself awake and alert at 2:00am? Then why not get up and make money with your nursing knowledge rather than flipping on the TV because you can’t go back to sleep?

You Earn Unlimited Income

You set your own legal nurse consultant salary. Imagine if you could walk into a healthcare facility and set your own fee (based upon your knowledge and experience) versus being told that with a MSN and 20 years of nursing experience you should consider yourself lucky that you’re worth $75,000. You can also leverage income by hiring and making money on CLNC subcontractors instead of receiving a limited RN job income based on the hours you and you alone worked.

In addition to your legal nurse cases, you can sell your nursing knowledge to attorneys across the nation. Topics such as electronic medical records, electronic medication administration systems, cardiac arrhythmias and medication errors are but a few of the many topics attorneys will pay for in the form of webinars and audio recordings. As a Certified Legal Nurse Consultant you get paid handsomely for your nursing knowledge and experience. Don’t sell yourself short to a hospital employer when you can entirely control your self-worth and legal nurse consultant salary.

You Do What You Love Without Constraint

At last you can be set free from hospital employer constraints! Have you ever had an idea that fostered an increase in safe, effective and timely patient care only to be told by the hospital administrators that it can’t be done? Well I have, and it stinks. Then ten years later your idea (now presented as an administrator’s idea) is the best thing since sliced bread. I wonder how many patients during that ten-year period could have benefited. Healthcare facilities and hospitals continue to stifle nursing creativity or at best make it hard for nursing ideas to be heard and acted on. No wonder the third leading cause of death in America today is medical malpractice (440,000 deaths). As a CLNC consultant, your business is your business and you will find it to be constraint free with the one exception of attorney-client deadlines (which of course you can control without them knowing it).

Becoming a Certified Legal Nurse Consultant was the best decision I made in my 41-year nursing career! Thank you, Vickie, for making it happen for me.

  Lawrence H. Frace, RN, CLNC

You’re Free

Being a CLNC consultant provides me the opportunity for financial independence that I did not have in my RN job at the hospital. It allows me to do as many or as few legal nurse consultant jobs as I want, when I want. I can work a two-day or three-day work week. I find that working Monday, Wednesday and Friday makes me extremely happy and allows me to balance work and life needs while enjoying the days off in between.

One of my CLNC colleagues always says, “Have computer – will travel.” So true because you can always be connected to your work as a Certified Legal Nurse Consultant and still be on a vacation. This is a perk not available in an RN job at the hospital. The ability to enjoy multiple aspects of your life while still making money is a priceless perk.

With freedom comes independence. I am my own person with my own ideas about what is important in my work and personal life. It is a balance that no other RN job can provide.

Mildred Mannion, RN, BSN, CNOR, CLNC

You Make Friends, Read and Sleep When You Want

As a CLNC consultant I meet and speak with attorneys without getting called into a hospital supervisor’s office to explain my conversation. I’ve made many new friends in the legal community and do not have to fear non-fraternization policies.

In the course of my hospital workday having time to read medical research abstracts, studies and reports could never happen. Ongoing information acquisition and learning is an important part of being a Certified Legal Nurse Consultant. The work product I provide attorneys is improved by the extra knowledge I am able to include in my work products.

As a Certified Legal Nurse Consultant I can sleep an extra hour if I want. Having my office at home allows for much more flexibility than I ever had working my RN job at the hospital.

You Choose How Much You Earn

I make more money as a Certified Legal Nurse Consultant than I could ever earn in an RN job. In a traditional RN job a 2% or 3% pay raise is the best that will be offered. This changed after becoming a CLNC consultant because my earnings are the direct result of the amount of effort I want to expend. It is always much, much more than 2-3%.

Camille Joyner, RN, CCM, CLNC

You Have Time to Savor the Sunrise

When I worked my RN job at the hospital I often caught a mere glimpse of the sun rising as I drove to work. Now, I stop the work I’m doing and enjoy the beauty of the sunrise most mornings.

As a nurse I was the one who always needed to be flexible whether it was my work schedule or addressing patient needs and institutional demands. I work the hours I want to and choose where I want to work on my legal nurse consultant jobs. I typically spend November in St. Maarten and February in Aruba and work mornings only (except at sunrise).

You Can Achieve Excellence

One of my major frustrations as an RN and later as a chief nursing officer was that I’ve often had to do projects and even patient care that I would not grade as an A. Now I have the ability to complete a legal nurse consultant job perfectly and thoroughly enjoy submitting A+ reports to attorneys after enjoying the sunrise over the Caribbean!

Margaret Gallagher, RN, MSN, LNCC, CLNC

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*The opinions and statements made by Vickie Milazzo, the founder of Medical-Legal Consulting Institute, Inc. are based on her experiences and expertise, should not be applied beyond the specific context provided, and do not guaranty or project actual results. Vickie Milazzo is no longer involved in the operations or management of the business, but is involved as an independent education consultant.

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