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Vickie’s Legal Nurse Consultant Blog

Nursing Layoffs Are Getting Serious (and Sudden)

It’s hard to believe that in my lifetime I’d ever see layoffs in the nursing field. Like many of you, I remember the good times when there were billboards around my city advertising signing bonuses for nurses at local hospitals. That’s all changing. Two recent articles in the Wall Street Journal (1) (2) and one in the Washington Post are focusing on the fact that, while there is still a nursing shortage, there is now a shortage of nursing jobs. That sounds like a contradiction in terms but it’s not.

Ask Vickie: Ride the Horse

My father is very active politically in our county and surrounding counties. He is well respected and loved. He is going to set up a meeting for me with two prominent judges so I can introduce them to my CLNC services. These judges know every attorney in my county. Is it okay to use the judges’ names when speaking with the attorney contacts they provide me?
Debbie, RN, CLNC

Tom’s Tech Tips

Tom’s Tuesday Tech Tip: Market FREE with Your Email Signature

Let’s look at what email signature files can do for your legal nurse consulting business. All of us use email, some of us use it sparingly, others incessantly and a few for actual business communication (you know – not “mom-spam”). In the good old days of snail mail, people sent letters using a decent grade of actual bond paper with a letterhead printed at the top – that was the signature file. Today in our increasingly paperless society, business emails are sent with a signature file at the end to promote the business and its services to every recipient.

Dress in 5th Avenue Style

I’m in New York City for Easter and just got back from strolling down Fifth Avenue (Tom held my credit card) in one of the most fashionable cities in the world.

Are You Addicted to Feeling Good?

Did you know that the word “niggle” is an intransitive verb which according to Merriam-Webster, dates from about 1616 and means to trifle or to spend too much effort on minor details? Do you find yourself niggling away your time or do you use it meaningfully? Most people claim to cherish their “quiet” time, but be honest. Do you spend the first part of your day on your email? Or, do you use that peak productivity time to knock out those hard projects and big things for your CLNC business.

Tom’s Tech Tips

Tom’s Tuesday Tech Tip: Explore Your Duality with Twin Monitors

Okay, I’ve got to admit something. You’ve heard me brag about my dual 20″ monitors on my desk. Here’s the confession. I’ve gotten to the point where I cannot work without two monitors staring me in the face. In my office, I keep my email open on one monitor (the right) so I can do the add thing as soon as something important that requires me to drop what I’m doing and immediately attend to someone else’s problem, drops into my email box. I do turn off the sound so the pinging doesn’t drive me totally bonkers.

FDA Approval Not a Shield from Damages

On March 4th the U.S. Supreme Court decided a case in favor of consumer rights, one that has the potential to reach further than first appearance. In the case of Wyeth v. Levine the Court upheld a $6.7 million dollar verdict in which the jury found that Wyeth’s label had inadequate warnings, thus ruling against the drug manufacturer Wyeth. In doing so, the court allowed state juries to award damages for harm done by unsafe drugs, even in cases where the drugs had been approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

My Most Memorable CLNC® Case

My Most Memorable CLNC® Case: Teaching My First Attorney-Client to Trust Me

I doubt any of us, as CLNC consultants, ever forget our first case. Mine is most memorable for several different reasons. I learned so much, some of it the hard way. I had earned my CLNC Certification a few months earlier and used Vickie’s advice regarding marketing myself by mailing out my resume with my qualifications and a cover letter, then followed up with a phone call. One attorney had a case on his desk, which had been referred to him by another attorney. The case involved a potential client who lived out of state. The attorney drove approximately six hours one way to interview the potential client and his wife. He felt there was probable merit to the case but he needed someone to review the records. He had filed the proper notices to all the possible defendants of a medical malpractice lawsuit.

Tom’s Tech Tips

Tom’s Tuesday Tech Tip: Upgrade or Die?

In line with our talk about the wonders of the Windows operating system, I’ve got a mixed bag of news. On April 14 of this year, Microsoft will end support for Windows XP, Office 2003 and Exchange 2003. For the majority of the Certified Legal Nurse Consultants out there, it’s the support for XP and Office 2003 that will hurt.

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