I have been interested in pursuing my career in law, but paying for law school is not feasible at this time. Are there any other ways to gain part-time employment with law firms as a nurse consultant without the legal nurse consultant certification?
Dear Nancy replies:
Although certification as a legal nurse consultant would be valuable, many nurses provide consultation services for law firms without that credential. In either case, what is essential is a solid record of clinical experience in a particular area or areas of nursing practice, including length of time, experience and the provision of excellent nursing care.
Some nurses contact law firms with a letter detailing their experience, any awards they have won, educational degrees and any previous experience with medical record reviews and/or testifying in a deposition or at trial. You need to decide in what area you are interested in focusing (e.g, administration, med/surg, psychiatry, perioperative) and then determine which firms in your area handle professional negligence cases in these areas.
It may take a while to become a consultant, but the more consultation you do, the more firms will be aware you provide such a service and may contact you. You may want to visit the National Nurses in Business Association website (NNBANOW.com) for resources on its conferences, resources, books and events. It may be wise to become a member to fully take advantage of the association’s support.
When you are ready to become certified as a legal nurse consultant, American Association of Legal Nurse Consultants website (www.aalnc.org) would also provide you with a wealth of information about this role.