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I am interested in becoming a legal nurse consultant. Do I need to be certified?

Question:

Dear Donna,

I am interested in becoming a legal nurse consultant. Do I need to be certified? If I do need to be certified, do you know any organization that is inexpensive? How can I get started or find a law firm that is willing to let me joined them?

Edwin

Dear Donna replies:

Dear Edwin,

No, you do not need to be certified to be a legal nurse consultant. You only need the nursing knowledge and experience that you already have. To learn more about this specialty, I suggest that you visit the American Association of Legal Nurse Consultants’ website .

Whenever there is something you want to do, it makes sense to rub elbows with those already successfully doing that thing. That means you should do some informational interviewing with the officers of AALNC (national and state) and members in your local area. You should also attend some local meetings as a guest.

If you use the Article Search feature at www.nurse.com using the search phrase “legal nurse consultant,” you’ll turn up many previous posts as well as related articles on this subject.

To learn more about this specialty and many others, as well as how to start and promote your own consulting service, consider attending my upcoming Career Alternatives for Nurses® and How to Start Your Own Business and Consulting Practice seminar. Find out more at http://www.dcardillo.com/events.html.

Best wishes,
Donna


Donna Cardillo, RN, MA, well-known career guru, is Nursing Spectrum/NurseWeek’s “Dear Donna” and author of Your First Year as a Nurse: Making the Transition from Total Novice to Successful Professional and The ULTIMATE Career Guide for Nurses: Practical Advice for Thriving at Every Stage of Your Career. Information about the books is available at www.nurse.com/CE/7010 and www.nurse.com/CE/7250, respectively. To ask Donna your question, go to www.nurse.com/asktheexperts/deardonna. Find a “Dear Donna” seminar near you: Call (800) 866-0919 or visit http://events.nursingspectrum.com/Seminar.

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