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Legal Nurse Consultant Certificate
As a registered nurse, your clinical background is valuable beyond the hospital floors or doctor offices. Legal nurse consultants serve as collaborators, strategists, and educators in medically-related litigation for medical malpractice, workers’ compensation, and products liability cases as well as other medical-legal matters. They are an important part of the legal team.
Training as a legal nurse consultant is rigorous and combines instruction in practical and substantive areas of the law. You will learn about torts and contracts, health care and insurance law, and workers’ compensation law. And you will take classes that teach the practical aspects of being a legal nurse consultant including civil litigation, legal research and writing, and medical research and records. This program is approved by the American Bar Association and held at an accredited law school.
The Legal Nurse Consultant Program is offered for paralegal education. Legal nurse consultants may not provide legal services directly to the public, except as permitted by law.
Each monthly module includes 20 hours of onsite classroom sessions. The classroom time is usually scheduled the second weekend of each month on Friday from 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm, and Saturday and Sunday from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm. (We may alter the schedule from the second weekend of the month to accommodate holidays. Please consult the yearly schedule.) The remainder of each module is completed online and by weekly conferences.
The legal nurse consultant is an important member of a legal team who assists with, among other things, evaluating, analyzing, and rendering informed opinions about “medical issues, delivery of health care, and/or the health outcomes as they relate to cases or issues within the medical-legal arena.” AALNC, Getting Started in Legal Nurse Consulting, at 3 (3rd ed. 2009). The unique combination of medical and legal knowledge offers the legal nurse consultant many opportunities to apply their skills in a variety of litigation and other medical-related cases:
Copied from Getting Started, at 3 with permission from the American Association of Legal Nurse Consultants (“AALNC”).
Many LNCs work as independent consultants and work for law firms, insurance companies, and hospitals. Often the independent consultant continues a full-time clinical practice. Getting Started, at 9. The LNC may also work at these entities or for the government as a full-time employee. In either role, the LNC provides numerous benefits to the legal team including cost-effectiveness, resourcefulness, knowledge, and medical experience.
A successful LNC will provide to each case broad-based clinical experience, medical and legal education, professionalism, a wide variety of skills – analytical, communication, and interpersonal, to name a few, a demonstrated commitment to nursing and the law, and special knowledge about healthcare.
For more information about the LNC profession, please visit aalnc.org.