Should I become a legal nurse consultant or get a masters in health law?
Dear Donna replies:
Youre talking about apples and oranges, meaning you cant compare them. One is a nursing specialty and the other is a college degree program.
If you have an RN after your name, you can start working as a legal nurse consultant tomorrow. You dont need additional education or credentials. LNCs work primarily for insurance companies or law firms and sometimes for hospitals. They could be employed or self-employed.
Getting a degree in health law would advance your credentials and be relevant to any specialty in which you work. As with any advanced degree, it likely would make you more marketable, especially in the specialty of risk management. However, it is not necessary to obtain this degree to become an LNC.
Advancing your education always is a smart thing to do. So if that is what you are considering and you find the legal arena interesting, then by all means consider a degree in health law. But if legal nurse consulting is what you want to do, you can start that anytime and still work on getting a masters degree. Contact the American Association of Legal Nurse Consultants (www.aalnc.org) for more information about this specialty.
My best wishes,