Reasons to Hire a Legal Nurse Consultant
Legal nurse consultants (LNC) can be valuable allies for lawyers, insurance companies, hospitals, and other companies that deal with medical-legal issues.
Here are a few reasons why adding an LNC to your staff is a good investment:
Experience: People in this profession have medical backgrounds that include an extensive amount of clinical experience and medical education. They are able to interpret healthcare documentation and give expert advice on medical-legal issues.
Access to Resources: A legal nurse consultant typically has many contacts in the field of medicine that he or she can draw upon for information and assistance.
Knowledge: In addition to a formal education, an LNC has typically worked in the medical field for a number of years building a storehouse of knowledge about the healthcare industry. He or she can use this information to identify strengths and weaknesses in cases or claims, assist with strategy, and explain complex concepts so that the average person can understand them.
Qualities to Look for in a Legal Nurse Consultant
- The person should have several years of clinical experience in his or her field of medicine and some experience as a LNC
- A solid nursing education and completion of a legal education program
- Strong interpersonal and oral and written communication skills
- Involved in local and/or national professional organization
Legal Nurse Consulting Certification
As an employer, you will come across LNCs that have earned a certificate, a certification, or both. It is important to note that there is a clear difference between the two. A certificate is awarded when the nurse completes an educational program through an organization or institution like a college.
Certification, on the other hand, is a credential that is awarded by a third-party non-profit organization and designed to certify that the person has demonstrated that they have achieved an acceptable level of knowledge and skill.
The only credential available to legal nurse consultants is the Legal Nurse Consultant Certified. Nurses are required to pass an examination and complete several years in the field to earn it. To maintain it, they must complete continuing education and take the test again every 5 years. Hiring a nurse with an LNCC means you’ll get someone you can trust to do his or her job properly.