During the COVID-19 pandemic I’m traveling mentally more than physically. Today I’m sitting in Paris in one of my favorite bistros. I’ve just finished a lunch of healthy red wine, a hot baguette, pomme frites and some luscious stinky cheese such as you can only find in France. I’m looking at the first thing that usually comes to mind (well, maybe the second thing) when you think of Paris – the Eiffel Tower. Tom says he thinks of pomme frites and just having indulged, I’d say pomme frites are right up there for me too, but the “Tour Eiffel” is the instantly identifiable iconic image, which undeniably brings Paris to mind.
Believe it or not, the Tower has not always been as treasured as it is today. The Tower was originally built by Gustav Eiffel to be the entrance arch and centerpiece of the 1889 Paris Exposition Universelle. Although he won the design competition, not everyone was enamored of the railway bridge engineer’s vision for what was then the world’s tallest structure. From the time Eiffel began construction in February 1887 through its completion (really opening) on May 15, 1889, the Tower was met with a firestorm of criticism and attack and was decried as an eyesore and an embarrassment by some of the most famous and powerful people in France. A petition they signed stated, “We, the writers, painters, sculptors, architects and lovers of the beauty of Paris, do protest with all our vigour and all our indignation, in the name of French taste and endangered French art and history, against the useless and monstrous Eiffel Tower.” When its original 20-year lease expired in 1909, it was almost torn down, but was saved simply because it provided a platform for radio antennas. As late as 1909, no one but Gustav knew what the Tower would one day mean to France and to the world. To our benefit, the misunderstood Tower, and Gustav Eiffel’s magnificent vision, survives 131 years later.
When I pioneered legal nurse consulting in 1982, attorneys didn’t know what a legal nurse consultant could do for them. My friends, family and colleagues thought I was hallucinating to believe that I could succeed in a business that had never been tried before. To make matters more challenging I was up against Texas good ole boy attorneys in communicating the services of a legal nurse consultant.
The first good ole boy attorney I called was exhausted from trying to do the nursing analysis by himself and gave me a shot with my first medical malpractice case. I felt so proud for our nursing profession when he shared that I made him a better attorney. Like him, attorneys nationwide have caught on to what Certified Legal Nurse Consultants can do for them and today can’t imagine working a case without you! In fact, I believe that it borders on legal malpractice for an attorney to represent medical-related cases without consulting a Certified Legal Nurse Consultant.
Thirty-eight years after I called my first attorney (and almost had a heart attack when he answered the phone) thousands of Certified Legal Nurse Consultants are available nationwide to devote their broad range of skills to a wider and wider range of cases. One of Vickie Milazzo Institute’s CLNC graduates consults with a firm in Sweden. COVID-19 lawsuits are about to be huge and attorneys are already contacting you for these cases. Talk about spreading our wings and flying!
What are you doing during this exciting time to become the iconic image attorneys think of when they take on their next medical-legal case?
Success Is Yours,
Vickie L. Milazzo, RN, MSN, JD
P.S. Comment and share the iconic images you are creating for the legal nurse consulting profession.