One of the building blocks of your business as a Certified Legal Nurse Consultant is training your attorney-clients to give you adequate time to do justice to a medical malpractice case or any type of personal injury case. Setting a minimum fee (e.g., 20 hours minimum) sounds intuitive, but it’s not. Here are three reasons to never charge attorneys minimum legal nurse consulting fees:
One variable that contributes to the huge level of stress among RNs is the fact that RNs are working harder than ever with little to no reward. Indeed, whether or not you get a pay raise in your RN job is dependent upon the kindness and generosity of healthcare administrators – people well known for rarely looking out for RNs. According to the Department of Commerce, RNs are losing ground in the salary department even as hospital revenues are reaching record highs.
You’ve successfully completed the CLNC Certification Program. You’ve done everything right, such as taking action every day to get your first attorney-client as a new Certified Legal Nurse Consultant. Your efforts have paid off and you’ve got your first case. Now what?
Full disclosure, the word “Office” in the title means “Microsoft Office” not a tree house, tea house or any place you can sit and do your legal nurse consulting work. And alternative means free or at least less expensive. For years MS Office has been the gold standard, or at least the only standard for word processing for legal nurse consultants. Word’s reach is so pervasive that many Apple users were forced to pick up “Office for Mac” and Microsoft is extending further into mobile by upgrading its Office apps for iPads.
Today is Labor Day and for most of us it’s a day off to picnic with our family, rest by the pool or do something else fun. For me it’s also about remembering a terminally ill registered nurse who attended the CLNC Certification Seminar several years ago.
I’m getting ready to start our fall seminar season and when I hit the road next week, Christmas will be upon me before I even have a chance to look up. With three quarters of the year behind us, this is the perfect time to reflect on one of my favorite quotes by Nelson Mandela.
Like most Certified Legal Nurse Consultants, when typing a new document I’ll use an earlier version of a similar document as a template. As a best practice, I immediately retitle the old document with the new document name and save that new document with its new name. By doing so, I don’t accidently overwrite the old document. Sound confusing? It’s not. And, as long as you do it religiously, it works great and any reasonably disciplined CLNC consultant can, and should, do it.
Yesterday I received an email from someone I know who passed on about this time last year. It isn’t the first time he emailed me posthumously, and it won’t be the last. In fact, he isn’t the only dead person that emails me. What is so urgent that this legion of apparently living dead have to communicate from the other side? Well, as you can guess, it was spam and not for life-extending supplements.
To be remarkable is to be noticeable, uncommon or extraordinary. Consider any person in any walk of professional life you admire and I’d wager they possess one of these characteristics. The professional you hold in the highest regard most probably possesses all three.
Admit it, every Certified Legal Nurse Consultant has been there. In the heat of the moment you compose an email to an attorney-client, CLNC subcontractor or expert witness, click the send button and then, for some reason best left to your particular imagination, immediately decide it’s best if you could un-send or recall that email. But you can’t, what’s sent is sent, and the damage whether it is misspelled words, a badly constructed sentence or a bridge burned completely to the ground, is done.