Legal Nurse Consultant Career
Legal Nurse Consultant: A Legal Nurse Consultant is a highly experienced registered nurse, who offers a consulting service to attorneys, insurance companies and other healthcare professionals on medical related legal cases. This specialization is ideal for a very experienced nurse who is looking for new challenges while using their nursing qualifications. It is also suitable for experienced nurses who no longer are able to work long shifts and wish to work normal office hours. A Legal Nurse Consultant will have expertise in reading medical records and understanding medical terminology. As many attorneys in the United States deal solely with personal injury and medical malpractice cases, the demand for qualified Legal Nurse Consultants is huge.
The main duties of a Legal Nurse Consultant include:
- Working along side attorneys and insurance companies to assist with complex medical legal cases.
- Examining medical records.
- Reporting on injuries or illnesses.
- Communicating with expert witnesses.
- Testifying in court cases as medical experts.
- Identifying codes of practice.
- Assisting Lawyers by interviewing patients and witnesses.
- Organizing medical records.
- Determining costs.
- Locating evidence.
- Educating Attorneys/Lawyers and other non medical professionals on medical issues.
Where they work: Many Legal Nurse Consultants work for attorneys and lawyers, filling in the gaps in the legal professions medical knowledge. Others work for Insurance companies, healthcare facilities, Government agencies and private corporations. Legal Nurse Consultants can work for either the defense or prosecution in a court proceeding.
Qualifications: There are many different types of certification available to Legal Nurse Consultants. All of which require candidates to be qualified registered nurses with extensive experience. Certification is voluntary and does not license a registered nurse to work as a legal nurse consultant.
- Certified Legal Nurse Consultant (CLNC) is accredited by the National Alliance of Certified Legal Nurse Consultants (NACLNC).
- Legal Nurse Consultant Certification (LNCC) is accredited by the American Legal Nurse Consultant Certification Board (ALNCCB)
- Legal Nurse Consulting - Certified Specialist (LNC-CSp) is accredited by the American College of Legal Nurse Consulting.
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