THE VALUE OF THE LEGAL NURSE CONSULTANT TO THE LEGAL PROFESSION
COST-EFFECTIVE - The LNC critically analyses the medical issues in a case and helps the attorneys select and manage cases. Many cases can be either rejected quickly or settled in a reasonable amount of time by using the resources and knowledge of an LNC.
RESOURCEFULNESS - The LNC has access to a national network of medical and professional resources and contacts. The LNC is well versed in the use of medical libraries, medical equipment, internet research, and other resources.
KNOWLEDGE - The LNC has a thorough understanding of medical issues and trends involved in the entire litigation process. The LNC "speaks the language" of physicians, other healthcare providers, attorneys and patients.
EXPERIENCE - A strong broad-based clinical experience, which includes the ability to interpret medical records, documents, and health science literature. A background in Legal Nurse Consulting.
CHARACTERISTICS OF A SUCCESSFUL LEGAL NURSE CONSULTANT
An LNC can bring the following attributes to the litigation team:
PROFESSIONALISM - Strong work ethic and willingness to accept responsibility for seeing projects through to their conclusion; ability to work independently with minimal supervision and direction; and unquestionable ethics.
EDUCATION - A professional Registered Nurse degree from an accredited nursing school; a college level certification as a Legal Nurse Consultant and other medical-legal continuing education coursework.
SKILLS - Good analytical skills; ability to express opinions logically and coherently; excellent writing skills and communication; teaching and interpersonal skills; organizational skills and the ability to prioritize pending work projects; strong problem-solving skills.
INVOLVEMENT - A demonstrated commitment to the LNC profession and other nursing specialties through involvement in local and national nursing and medical-legal organizations.
SPECIAL KNOWLEDGE - Working knowledge of the laws and rules applicable to medical malpractice, products liability and other personal injury cases; proficiency in computerized medical literature searches; proficiency in computer programs such as Excel, Word, Power Point and Acrobat, and in the use of the internet to conduct background searches and inquiries.