Not long after starting my nursing career as an RN in the operating room, I noticed how unhappy the “lifer” nurses were. I knew what I wanted for my life ultimately was to be happy and that meant there was something more for me outside of typical nursing.
“Do not wait for ideal circumstances, nor the best opportunities; they will never come” is a quote from Janet Erskine Stuart I’ve had on my desk since I turned 41.
While the life of a Certified Legal Nurse Consultant is different every day, I do enjoy waking up and starting my day in a relaxed atmosphere without the worry of beating the time clock. A nice cup of coffee in hand, I contemplate the direction I want to go and the ideas I want to accomplish. Ideas center around marketing, cases that need my attention, attorneys I need to call or email and dreams I will build upon. After an hour of brainstorming, I begin my day.
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.
My experience as a Certified Legal Nurse Consultant is probably not typical as I’m still working three 12-hour shifts a week as a clinical nurse in the emergency department. On my days off I focus on growing my CLNC business.
CLNC® Success Story: I Made My Nursing Career Dreams Come True by Becoming a Certified Legal Nurse Consultant
Last year, I helped with negotiations in a million dollar plus settlement on a brain injury case. This is only one of the 140 legal nurse consultant jobs I’ve consulted on the past few years.
CLNC® Success Story: How I’ve Built My Legal Nurse Business with This One Unique Service to Attorneys
Nursing has always been my passion, and the law has always held my complete fascination. Legal nurse consulting allows me the freedom to indulge both, while providing a valuable and cost-effective service to attorneys.
I suppose I’m not your typical Certified Legal Nurse Consultant as I waited seven years after completing the CLNC® Certification Program before finally jumping in. I received my CLNC Certification in 2011, and I even dabbled my toe in the CLNC waters, including a six-month relationship with a disability attorney before he retired. But my 20-plus years as an obstetrical and neonatal nurse was like an enormous anchor holding me back.
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I mentor a lot of RNs interested in legal nurse consulting who fret about whether they practice in the right specialties or have enough nursing experience to be successful.