As the interest in nursing remains high, many new nursing graduates are entering the “real world” with large amounts of school debt and stiff competition for employment. Perhaps you are currently in the process of finding a job as a nurse and feeling like every door is closed to a “traditional” nursing position. Maybe you are now considering some less conventional nursing jobs. Well, you have come to the right place for knowledge and advice about becoming your own boss while putting your degree to good use.
Exploring Something New
Today we are going to explore the option of becoming a Legal Nurse Consultant (LNC). A LNC works as a member of a litigation team and serves as a liaison between the medical and legal fields. Though you can work for a law firm, hospital, or insurance company, many LNC’s are actually self-employed. As a consultant, you would be responsible for analyzing and interpreting medical records, researching medical literature, preparing summarized reports, and locating expert witnesses for cases involving medically-related litigation.
What it Takes
So how can you become a Legal Nurse Consultant? It only requires two things: completing a basic LNC certification and maintain an active RN license in the U.S. or Canada. You are NOT required to have a BSN degree. The American Association of Legal Nurse Consultants addresses a lot of specific questions about how to obtain your LNC certification.
Paying the Bills
The best part about becoming a LNC is the flexibility if offers. You can work as much or as little as you’d like. Not only do you have freedom with your work schedule but you have the option of controlling your rates. LNC’s are able to charge up to $150/hr for their services. Though you may not be able to charge this amount when first starting out, this career provides a fantastic opportunity for income growth.
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About the Author:
The Pennsylvania College of Health Sciences is a private, accredited, four-year college offering associate and baccalaureate degree programs as well as certificate programs. Located in Lancaster, Pa., the College attracts a select group of more than 1,400 students to study with faculty who are experts in their specialty areas.