Many registered nurses are transitioning to become legal nurse consultants (LNC). Are you thinking of taking the same path? Whether you’re still in nursing school, preparing for your registered nurse (RN) licensure exam, or already working as an RN for a few years, here are three things you should know before you decide to become an LNC.
First, LNCs are already registered nurses.
If you want to become a nurse but also want to be part of a legal team, the first step is to get the education you need. That means you need to get into nursing school, graduate, and pass the licensure exam. It all starts with that choice and determination to make it as an RN. LNCs require at least five years working experience to apply to legal nurse consultant certificate courses or training programs to become an LNC.
Second, LNCs need to have excellent communication skills—both oral and written.
As part of the legal team, one of the responsibilities of LNCs is to interpret medical records, terminologies, and reports so the legal team and other professionals involved in the case can understand them. This responsibility requires good, even excellent, communication skills. LNCs also work with other professionals such as medical insurance agents, medical experts, paralegals, lawyers, clients, and others who are part of the case, so they need to be able to communicate well. They also need to be analytical, organized, meticulous, and highly motivated to continue learning.
Third, LNCs have the potential to out-earn their RN counterparts.
Working as an RN for a long time can be quite lucrative, but many LNCs can earn more than they RN counterparts. Based on reports, an LNC can make an average salary of $77,772 yearly. Many LNCs also enjoy the change of environment and pace. While they get to choose where they work—hospitals, insurance companies, law firms, and even corporations—they can stick to the 9 to 5 work schedule.
Want to Become an LNC?
If you’re already an RN with at least five years of working experience, consider taking the certification to become an LNC. Consider these perks and make the informed decision soon rather than later.