I have been a legal nurse consultant for 17 years. Recently, my position was eliminated due to downsizing. I am not interested in applying to another law firm or starting my own LNC business. Instead, I would like to change career paths. I would love a career where I can still use my LNC skills, but I do not know where to start. Any suggestions as to what areas I can apply those skills without having recent clinical experience?
Thank you in advance,
Dear Donna replies:
Your LNC experience is valuable in some key areas, particularly risk management and fraud investigation.
Risk management is a great direction for you to go. These positions exist primarily with hospitals, healthcare facilities, systems and insurance companies. Learn more about this specialty through the American Society of Healthcare Risk Management, (www.ashrm.org.) Attend local chapter meetings as a guest for now and do some informational interviewing with members and officers. Read The scoop on informational interviewing (www.Nurse.com/Cardillo/Interviewing.) When there is something you want to do, it makes sense to rub elbows with those already doing it. Networking is known to be a very effective way to find a job.
Fraud investigation nursing positions, also known as clinical investigator, exist with insurance companies, some healthcare facilities/systems and some regulatory and oversight agencies. Although this is closely related to legal nurse consulting work, it is often classified under the specialty of forensic nursing. Check out the International Association of Forensic Nurses, (www.forensicnurses.org,) for more information.
Read How to Change Specialties,(www.Nurse.com/Cardillo/Change-Specialties.)