What Does A Legal Nurse Consultant Do

Posted April 6th, 2011 in How To Become A Legal Nurse Consultant, Legal Nurse Consultant Employment by Legal Nurse Consultant

The  role of the Legal Nurse Consultant depends on the environment in which she is working.

Legal Nurse Consultants may own their own consulting businesses.  Their job may include working as a consultant with Plaintiff or Defense Attorneys or they may testify as an Expert Witness on a malpractice case.

Legal Nurse Consultants may also be employees of  other companies, such as insurance companies, hospitals, or law firms.

The job descriptions may be different in each setting, but the overall work that they do is to interpret and evaluate medical information in a way that clarifies a given medical situation.  They use the Standards of Care for interpreting whether correct procedures were followed and whether the procedures caused harm to the patient.

Specific Tasks performed by the Legal Nurse Consultant can include:

  • Searching Medical and Nursing Literature
  • Organizing Medical Records
  • Determining if Standards of Care were met in a given medical situation
  • Assessing whether an incident cased medical injuries
  • Preparing questions for an attorney to ask
  • Being present and taking notes at Independent Medical Examinations
  • Evaluating Medical Records to determine if a case has merit
  • Writing reports for the attorney based on their findings
  • Testifying at trials if an expert in their field
  • Assisting in preparing Life Care Plans for individuals who are injured due to malpractice or personal injury

The Legal Nurse Consultant uses all of their Nursing Education, training , skills and experience in  their consulting role.  They interpret medical data and knowledge of the health care system to assist in understanding and clarifying if and/or how a patient was injured due to a particular procedure or incident.  The job description and the tasks performed by the Legal Nurse Consultant can expand with the particular work performed, the attorney they work with or the company they work for.

 

 

 

 

Where do Legal Nurse Consultants Work

Posted April 7th, 2011 in How To Become A Legal Nurse Consultant, Legal Nurse Consultant Employment by Legal Nurse Consultant

Although many legal Nurse Consultants set up their own businesses and work as Independent Contractors, everyone who becomes a Legal Nurse Consultant does not choose to become self employed. Owning your own business means you must be dedicated to doing your own marketing, handling your own business requirements, paying your taxes and motivating yourself each day to work your business
Working for another company is a viable option for Legal Nurse Consultants. Most Legal Nurse Consultants who work for another company work Monday thru Friday with paid vacations, holidays and sick time. Some other advantages include regular work hours, regular paychecks and benefits such as medical insurance and retirement plans. Not everyone enjoys being self employed. It will be important for you to determine if you are best suited to self employment or working for someone else.
Companies that hire Legal Nurse Consultants include:
• Insurance Companies
• Plaintiff Attorneys
• Defense Attorneys
• Health maintenance Organizations
• Hospitals
• Other Medical Facilities
• Private Industries
• Government Entities
Most companies who hire Legal Nurse Consultants will require that you have an active Registered Nurse License as well as experience either in a specialty field or a broad base of Nursing experience as well as training as a Legal Nurse Consultant. Some companies may require some type of legal training. Companies that will provide on the job training also hire Registered Nurses as Legal Nurse Consultants. There are many companies that offer courses in Legal Nurse Consulting. These courses can be taken online, by CD, or in an actual class setting. You will have many options and can choose the type of course that can work best for you.
Your updated resume will be required for employment. You will want your resume to include your educational background, all of your relevant Nursing experience, as well as courses you have taken in Legal Nurse Consulting. Your resume should be very professional. If you need assistance, there are many resume service companies who can help.

How to Market Yourself and Get Legal Nurse Consultant Jobs

Posted April 12th, 2011 in How To Become A Legal Nurse Consultant, Legal Nurse Consultant Employment by Legal Nurse Consultant

Finding work as a self-employed Legal Nurse Consultant will mean that you will need to effectively market yourself to those needing your consulting services so that they know you are available.

After setting up your business entity you will need to have your business cards, stationary, and envelopes printed.   These will become a part of the presentation you will mail to the businesses, such as attorneys, that you would like to consult with.  In addition to the above, you will need to have a professional resume that highlights your areas of nursing expertise.  Be sure to include all of your contact information.

Once you have all of your materials for marketing yourself, you will be able to seek work in the following ways.

  1. Make a list of attorneys in your area who specialize in malpractice and personal injury cases.

You will find listings of attorneys in the Phone Book and by contacting your State Bar Association,

  • Asking friends and acquaintances if they know anybody  who would benefit from your expertise.
  • You may also use search engines on the internet to locate attorneys.
  • Networking continuously through business organizations in your city such as Chambers of Commerce, Rotary Club Meetings
  1. Call the attorney’s office to let them know you will be sending information to them.
  2. Follow up on the mailing with another phone call and ask for a short appointment with the attorney.
  3. One of the most effective ways of finding work as a Legal Nurse Consultant will be to send out a periodic Newsletter to attorneys in your area with your contact information as well as newsworthy articles that attorneys will find of interest in their work.  If you do not feel that writing a Newsletter is your area of expertise, use a Legal Nurse Consultant Newsletter writer to write for you.

 

 

What Items Will I Need to Begin Work as a Legal Nurse Consultant?

Posted April 20th, 2011 in How To Become A Legal Nurse Consultant by Legal Nurse Consultant

What will I need to begin work as a Legal Nurse Consultant?

There are some special items you will need to begin your work as a Legal Nurse Consultant.  Fortunately, most of them you may have and all will be somewhat familiar to you.  Equipment and Supplies will include the following:

  • Dedicated office space in your home with office furniture and supplies
  • A Filing System  and necessary forms
  • A computer and printer are absolutely necessary.  You may receive records via email from your attorney clients, and your work will require a computer.
  • A locked cabinet in which to store records when you are not working on them
  • A dedicated phone line that can be used for your business
  • A fax machine, or if you prefer, a dedicated fax number thru one of the many internet services that will provide fax via email.
  • Your business cards and stationary
  • Reference materials for Nursing, Medical Research, and other resources
  • At least one business suit for meeting with your attorney client

This list of equipment and supplies will expand as your Legal Nurse Consultant business expands.  You will soon know which other items you may need to purchase for your growing business.

If you choose to work in some else’s office as their employee, of course, they will provide all of the equipment and supplies you will need.  If you work as a subcontractor, you will need to purchase your own equipment and supplies, just as you would if you owned your own business.

 

Reasons You Should Become A Legal Nurse Consultant Now

Posted May 2nd, 2011 in How To Become A Legal Nurse Consultant by Legal Nurse Consultant

There are many benefits to your becoming a Legal Nurse Consultant now, including flexibility, increased income, greater independence and becoming a valued member of a team. You have unique skills, experience and knowledge to bring to the assessment and planning process with your attorney clients.

As a Registered Nurse, you are an ideal health care professional to assist in interpreting medical records. You will also become part of a team as a respected and valued member.

The need for Legal Nurse Consultants will continue to grow as more and more patients use an already heavily burdened health care system. As long as there are medically related cases that must be decided by our judicial system, there will be a need for attorneys, and attorneys will need help from a qualified medical professional in understand the complexities of the health care system and standards of care for patients. As a Legal Nurse Consultant you will be able to assist attorneys and their clients in navigating thru the maze of health care systems that can often be confusing to non medical professionals.

You will also be able to benefit from your years of experience in the health care system in a monetary way as a Legal nurse consultant. Legal Nurse Consultants who work independently earn more per hour than their nursing counterparts who work in typical inpatient or outpatient settings. As a Legal Nurse Consultant, you will be able to financially benefit from your years of training and working in an established medical facility as a Registered Nurse.

One of the great benefits as an independent contractor or self employed Legal Nurse Consultant is the flexibility in your schedule. You will be able to set up your own home office and decide your work hours. If you are a morning person, you will be able to work mornings, if you are a night owl, you can choose to work as late as you like. Independence and flexibility in working hours are incredible benefits as an independent Legal Nurse Consultant.
Increased income, flexibility, independence and professional respect are just a few of the many benefits in this growing field. Now is the ideal time to begin training to become a Legal Nurse Consultant.