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How should a nurse decide between work in two different specialties?

Dear Donna,

I’m thinking about becoming a legal nurse consultant or a case manager. How do I decide which way to go?

Deciding Between Two Specialties


Dear Deciding Between Two Specialties,

For starters, you don’t necessarily need to choose. That’s because many legal nurse consultants are self-employed or do subcontracting work for other LNCs. That means you could feasibly be employed as a case manager and also do LNC work on the side. Likewise, you could be self-employed doing either or both.
When considering changing specialties, it’s always best to speak to other nurses doing the work. In other words, do some informational interviewing with nurses working in both case management and legal nurse consulting. Find them through related professional associations such as the Case Management Society of America and the American Association of Legal Nurse Consultants. Additionally, you can find these nurses on LinkedIn and other social media sites, as well as by asking around.
I also recommend attending local chapter meetings of both associations as a guest for now. When there’s something you want to do, it makes sense to rub elbows with those already doing that work. Plus, networking is a great way to learn about opportunities and get job interviews.
Read the article “How to change specialties” for additional tips and advice on making a transition. Also, do the self-assessment included in the article “How to find your forte” to help you decide which direction may be best for you.
Sometimes it’s better to look for opportunities rather than trying to decide on a particular specialty. If something comes up, go on an interview and give it a try.

Best wishes,


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Donna Cardillo
Donna Cardillo, RN, MA, CSP, is president of Known as The Inspiration Nurse, she is a keynote speaker, retreat and seminar leader, 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." She brings more than 25 years of clinical, management and business experience to her role as career guru.

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