The year was 1991. A young RN and the single mom of a three-year-old, with no support, I moved from British Columbia, Canada, to Harlingen, Texas. For the first few years I worked in the emergency department. I loved it, but with a tiny daughter, the shifts were hard to manage. In 1994 I moved into home health care.
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I was at the top of the pay scale as an RN, and my husband is a firefighter – not the highest paying profession by far. We were doing okay financially, but sometimes we were living paycheck to paycheck.
In 2015 a perfect storm of life events came together creating an opportunity for me to commit to becoming a Certified Legal Nurse Consultant. I knew it was the direction I wanted to go, so I enrolled in the CLNC Online Certification Program.
My perfect day as a Certified Legal Nurse Consultant is a day when I never take my slippers off!
As a Certified Legal Nurse Consultant in the Quality, Risk and Regulatory Compliance Department in an acute care facility, I never lack for something to occupy my time, talents and skills. A huge chunk of my day is spent digging into patient medical records regarding quality of care and claims made against the hospital.
My most memorable case involved a 32-year-old Caucasian male with a long history of chronic abdominal pain controlled with prn Dilaudid. He was hospitalized for additional diffuse abdominal pain and passing blood.
In the past, I never I wanted to own a business, but I’ve always wanted a career, a family and a home. My desire to be a Certified Legal Nurse Consultant changed my focus.
My most memorable case involves a failure to timely diagnose and treat ectopic pregnancy. I obtained this legal nurse consultant job through an attorney I met at a legal conference.
Staying up to date with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and the ever evolving changes that affect the long term care industry is essential for the Certified Legal Nurse Consultant working on long term care cases. On April 27, 2016 the CMS added six new quality measures to the federal website, Nursing Home Compare.
One of my most memorable cases is a legal nurse consultant job involving alleged missed diagnosis of a glioblastoma multiformis (GBM) in an elderly patient. My CLNC role was to screen the case for merit and to submit a written report.