One thing I know about RNs is that you didn’t get into nursing for the big bucks, the big raises or the big perks (like the cafeteria food, going four hours without a restroom break or the five-minute lunch hour). To do everything that RNs do every day, you have to be wired by passion, by a fire that drives you to make a difference in the lives you hold in your hands. RNs have the strength of fire and passion. But are you as fired up about your nursing career today as when you first started? If not, what are you fired up about?
Yesterday I relocated a cherished photograph that I had purchased in Vietnam. Taking in the serenity of the salt flats in Long Thanh’s Harvest’s Day photo brought me back to a less serene experience I had while stuck on a curb in Saigon (I know it’s Ho Chi Minh City, but nobody calls it that). My objective, a restaurant where my husband and my lunch awaited me, stood on the opposite side of the street. I could see the food, smell it and, if you know me, you know I had built up quite an appetite.
I learned from the institute that one step at a time will guide you in the right direction. My journey started in 2007. I am a Cuban rafter. Yes, I came in a boat through the Caribbean Sea. I lost 20 pounds just from seasickness. I arrived alive at the Texas border (since a shark didn’t eat me) and requested political asylum.
5 CLNC® Pros Share 12 Things You Should Be Doing Differently in Your Legal Nurse Consulting Business
We all have things we would have done differently when we first started our legal nurse consulting businesses. In this blog five CLNC® Pros share what they would have done differently and what they see Certified Legal Nurse Consultants doing that you should do differently.
To be successful for the long term, it pays to implement different strategies. This principle is even more true during the COVID-19 pandemic. I’ve asked 3 CLNC® Pros to share strategies they’ve implemented recently that have reaped positive results for their CLNC business during the pandemic.
In my CLNC® business, I devote a lot of time with a new subcontractor. The process takes patience and hard work – from both me and the subcontractor. I take a lot of pride in my CLNC business and I expect anyone I bring on board to be respectful of that. Unfortunately, I’ve had situations where I’ve put more effort into rewriting cases or listening to excuses as to why something wasn’t done on time or completed as requested. In the end, it wasn’t time-efficient or cost-effective. It was taking more time away from my case load, and as a busy mother of three, I don’t have time to spare.
I have been a Certified Legal Nurse Consultant for 14 years now. The support I have received from the CLNC Mentors at the Institute has always been encouraging. In August, I was asked to review some medical records for a compassionate release request for a new attorney. I called the Institute and received much encouragement.
I have been a Certified Legal Nurse Consultant since 2010 and it was one of the best decisions I have ever made. I had been a registered nurse for 17 years and was a very burned out administrator of an assisted living facility. I was not only the administrator, but also the RN case manager and I was on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. In fact, I had spent my entire 17 years as a nurse with the demands of on call responsibilities.
Mistakes and failures are great for teaching Certified Legal Nurse Consultants what not to do – they help us to grow and learn. However, mistakes don’t always help us discover what works. You could move from one mistake to the next and never identify the success formula to make your business prosper or overcome a specific issue or challenge. After 39 years in business, I’ve learned to study my successes at least as closely as I study my failures. Success promotes success. The more you succeed, the more you will succeed.
My Most Memorable CLNC® Case: This Pressure Ulcer Case Illustrates the Importance of Leaving No Stone Unturned
One of my most memorable cases was a defense case which involved a hospital sued for elder abuse and neglect because of pressure ulcer development. My opinion was that the nursing standards of care (SOC) were satisfied, and the pressure ulcer was unavoidable because of the patient’s comorbidities.