If you’re interested in becoming a legal nurse consultant one decision you will want to make is whether to start part-time or full-time. Four Certified Legal Nurse Consultants share the path they chose and why.
“I began my CLNC® career part-time because I was the single income provider and needed to continue working while I took steps to build my CLNC business. Having the financial ability to focus full-time on your CLNC business is ideal. If that’s not an option, don’t let it get in the way of starting your CLNC business. Legal nurse consulting is unique in that it allows RNs with different specialties to consult with attorneys in their own way and in their own time. Absolute dedication is the key ingredient needed to start a CLNC business. Whether you accomplish this with one giant leap forward or one baby step at a time is up to you. Remaining on the path and being dedicated to forward momentum is ultimately what determines your arrival to the destination, not the speed in which you choose to get there.”
– Jorie Akins, RN, BSN, TNCC, ECRN, CLNC
“When I became Certified, I was still working part-time nights at the hospital. My goal initially wasn’t to leave the bedside and I only wanted enough CLNC work to decide if I liked being my own boss. Once I started working on medical-related cases, I realized that the more I did, the more I loved it. I still work at the hospital per diem because I want to, not because I have to.”
– Dorene Goldstein, RNC, BSN, CLNC
“I jumped straight into the CLNC frying pan by quitting my nursing management job, moving from Texas to Oregon, and starting a full-time CLNC business from scratch. I was forced to sink or swim. There was no other option, and if you know anything about me, you know I love a good challenge. When you start your CLNC business, whether it is straight into the frying pan or a more conservative slow cooker method, you must implement your marketing plan and modify it to achieve the level of CLNC business you aspire to.”
– Robert Malaer, RN, MSN, PMHN, SANE, CNLCP, CALM, CLNC
“I started part-time as a CLNC consultant because I was still working in the emergency department and had two-year-old twin daughters at the time. I also wanted to slowly transition into my legal nurse consulting business to ensure it would support me financially prior to quitting my hospital job. It’s important for each person to assess the situation they are in and do what works best for them. One of the major advantages of being a Certified Legal Nurse Consultant is you have the ability to decide whether or not you want to work part-time or full-time.”
– Michelle Neal, RN, BSN, CLNC
Thanks to Jorie Akins, RN, BSN, TNCC, ECRN, CLNC, Dorene Goldstein, RNC, BSN, CLNC, Robert Malaer, RN, MSN, PMHN, SANE, CNLCP, CALM, CLNC and Michelle Neal, RN, BSN, CLNC for sharing why they decided to get started part-time or full-time as a Certified Legal Nurse Consultant.
Success Is Yours,
Vickie L. Milazzo, RN, MSN, JD
P.S. Comment and share why you decided to get started part-time or full-time when you became a Certified Legal Nurse Consultant.