Even the best Certified Legal Nurse Consultants make mistakes and these veteran CLNC® consultants are proof that none of us are exempt. Follow their advice on how to avoid the most common mistakes in your legal nurse consulting business and you will enjoy the journey and more CLNC success.
Talk to any successful Certified Legal Nurse Consultant and they will admit that you’re not the only RN who has fears about starting a CLNC® business. In this blog four CLNC consultants discuss their fears and how they overcame them.
Nurses naturally have the strength of agility. After all, you can’t be a nurse and not be agile. When you have five people talking to you at once, and you’re handling five different emergencies at once, that takes agility. When you go from this to that, without time to think and seconds are making a difference – that’s agility. When you’re floated to a unit you know nothing about – and you don’t kill anyone – that’s agility. As nurses, we’re all over that strength, aren’t we?
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’m often in awe of, and humbled by, the nursing knowledge and expertise of the RNs who come through the CLNC® Certification Program. I joke with Tom that if I ever have a medical crisis, I hope it’s in a room full of Certified Legal Nurse Consultants. Now that you’ve become a Certified Legal Nurse Consultant, it’s a good idea to let the world know that you’ve mastered a complex body of specialized knowledge beyond your nursing degree.
I had no idea the industry of legal nurse consulting existed, yet I was interested in the legal world even before I became a nurse. One day eight years into my career, I was talking to a coworker. “I love nursing,” I told her, “but the legal aspects of what we do intrigues me too. I wish I could find a way to do both.”
After completing my master’s degree, I knew I didn’t want to teach nursing. I’d previously seen an advertisement for LegalNurse.com’s CLNC Certification Program and I couldn’t stop thinking about it. The idea of using what I already knew in a more interesting way appealed to me.
Certified Legal Nurse Consultant Karla Smit, RN, BSN, BC, CLNC shares her success while exhibiting with the CLNC Marketing Mentors from LegalNurse.com. This was her first time marketing her legal nurse consulting services to attorney-prospects at a legal conference and the experience far exceeded her expectations.
Ask me about pressure ulcers – I can tell you anything you want to know. It’s what I’ve done for 15 years, so I know it inside and out, and it’s where I’ve gotten the bulk of my cases. I’m also good with falls, acute care and some long term care, but pressure ulcers – that’s my field. I will go up against anybody, anywhere, anytime.
Going into my first case, with LegalNurse.com’s CLNC Certification Program training fresh in my mind, I was fairly confident. Thirteen years of nursing practice gives an RN plenty of self-assurance around doctors, so I thought I’d do fine with attorneys. And everything did go fine – at first…