If you’ve never had a hospital management job as an RN you’ve probably never taken a leadership class. Yet leadership is required of every registered nurse no matter your RN job. Remember that new resident you guided to give appropriate medical orders? And the patient you educated about a chronic health condition? And that attending physician that you had to hand-lead to a correct diagnosis? Those are just a few examples of how RNs exercise leadership every day on the job.
I’ve had Certified Legal Nurse Consultants say, “I love consulting with attorneys so much I’d do it for free, so I felt like I hit the lottery when I realized how handsomely I get paid for my nursing expertise.” If you think charging up to $150/hr for your legal nurse services is a prosperous venture, employ my 10 sure-fire strategies for managing the financial health of your CLNC business and you won’t need to ever buy lottery tickets again:
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.
I just finished a mentoring call with a Certified Legal Nurse Consultant who broke five of my five rules you never want to break when seeking advice from a CLNC Mentor. Check out the five rules and how she broke each and every one of them:
Are you curious whether you’ve got what it takes to become a Certified Legal Nurse Consultant? That’s a fair question to ask yourself because legal nurse consulting is not right for everyone.
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.