Tips on Hiring an LNC
What is a Legal Nurse Consultant?
Legal nurse consulting is the analysis and evaluation of facts and testimony and the rendering of informed opinions related to the delivery of nursing and other healthcare services and outcomes, and the nature and cause of injuries. The legal nurse consultant is a licensed registered nurse who performs a critical analysis of clinically related issues in a variety of settings in the legal arena. The nurse expert, with a strong educational and experiential foundation, is qualified to assess adherence to standards and guidelines of practice as applied to nursing practice.
Why should you hire a legal nurse consultant?
Experience. The legal nurse consultant has an extensive background of clinical experience, which includes interpretation of medical records, documents, and medical-legal issues.
Cost-effectiveness. The legal nurse consultant utilizes their nursing background and knowledge of healthcare standards to identify strengths and weaknesses of a case.
Resourcefulness. The legal nurse consultant possesses a network of medical and professional resources and contacts.
Knowledge. The legal nurse consultant has a thorough understanding of medical issues and trends related to the total litigation process. The legal nurse consultant is able to customize the case for the attorney, the client, and jury.
What should you look for when hiring a legal nurse consultant?
- Experience – Solid clinical experience and a strong background in legal nurse consulting.
- Education – Nursing education, and other medical-legal-related educational programs.
- Professionalism – Strong oral and written communication skills.
- Involvement – Demonstrated commitment to the field through involvement in national and local professional organizations.
What is Certification?
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What is the LNCC® credential?
Nursing specialty certification as a Legal Nurse Consultant Certified (LNCC®) demonstrates that the legal nurse consultant has met practice experience requirements and has passed an examination testing all areas of legal nurse consulting. LNCCs renew certification every five years through continuing education or reexamination and continued practice in the specialty.