To launch a successful business as a legal nurse consultant you have to believe in yourself. It helps to count all of your assets – giving your past successes at your RN jobs an encore. After all you save lives. You handle emergencies as easily as you make the bed in the morning. You make split second decisions that are the difference between life and death for your patients. And you do all of that even when the odds are against you.
Everyone loved my dad and that’s probably because he loved people so much. It was very unusual to hear him say anything negative about a person – even a person who didn’t do right by him. He would always laugh and say, “I’m a lover, not a fighter.”
We’re all human and humans like certainty. But the most successful Certified Legal Nurse Consultants know that a little or a lot of uncertainty is necessary for CLNC success.
While Henry David Thoreau took simple living to an extreme that most of us would be hard-pressed to imagine, much less embrace for more than 24 hours, all Certified Legal Nurse Consultants and RNs could benefit from these sage words.
I recently mentored a Certified Legal Nurse Consultant who has no problem getting attorney-clients. Her problem is keeping up with her successful marketing and the loads of cases that go with it. Failure to provide consistently excellent work product has caused one of her attorney-clients to go elsewhere.
When I mentor Certified Legal Nurse Consultants, most recognize and appreciate the 32 years of legal nurse consulting and business experience I bring to their issue. Most listen carefully and act on my advice.
I’m grateful that I left my hospital job in 1983 to pursue my legal nurse consulting business full time. After reading the heart wrenching stories and experiences of stressed out RNs from Vickie Milazzo Institute’s National Nurses’ Stress Survey and the deplorable, dare I say Dickensian, conditions they suffer in healthcare facilities, I shudder at the thought of who I would have become if I had chosen to stay put in the hospital, so many years ago.
I have the best job on the planet. I help make registered nurses (the heroes of healthcare) happy. While 84% of RNs say they do not consistently get respect and appreciation at their RN hospital jobs, Certified Legal Nurse Consultants are unanimous that respect is just one of the many benefits they enjoy consulting with attorneys.
We all want more out of life. More fun, more love, more legal nurse consulting success – more of anything that we don’t have. Mine is too frequently wanting “more hours in the day.” We can blame circumstances – not enough time, not enough money, not enough of… well, just not enough. But we find enough time to watch Game of Thrones, enough money to take a daily trip to Starbucks® and enough energy to vent about someone who has no impact on our life.
My twin brother Vincent can regale you with stories of what a fraidy cat I was when I was a child. I was afraid of everything – escalators, heights, flying New Orleans cockroaches the size of dinner plates. Fear comes in more guises than just fear of giant bugs – fear of failure, fear of looking ridiculous and even more chilling, fear of success.