Legal nurse consulting is a field of nursing which uses knowledge and experience gained by nurses for legal purposes. They have a strong knowledge base about the clinical aspects of nursing, health and disease processes. They bridge the gap between medical and legal entities in medical claims and cases. Lawyers hire legal nurse consultants to review medical charts and to acquaint them with medical terms and documentation styles for court cases. Legal nurse consultants are a part of a legal team, serving as educators, analysts, collaborators and strategists. They apply their healthcare, nursing and medical knowledge to their role and hold a standard of integrity in their practice. The legal nurse consultant career is still fairly new, having started in the 1980's.
A legal nurse consultant always knowledgeable about current scopes and standards of their profession. They do not practice law, they assist lawyers in resolving complex medical cases which require legal interventions. Lawyers hire legal nurse consultants for assistance with many types of legal issues such as malpractice cases, forensic/criminal cases and civil rights. They also assist with legal matters such as employment discrimination, risk management and regulatory compliance. A nurse legal consultant is a nurse who abides by state and federal and local laws. They are a valuable asset to lawyers because of their resourcefulness, experience and knowledge. Their services are also cost-effective.
A legal nurse consultant doesn't have to hold an advanced degree, they just have to have an active nursing license in good standing. There are online courses which prepare nurses with an associate degree for this lucrative career and some college which offer a legal nurse consultant program in a traditional classroom setting.
Legal nurse consultant careers have an excellent outlook, as they are always in demand. There are corporations such as law firms and insurance companies that higher legal nurses on a full or part-time basis, average full-time salary for legal nurse consultants is $63,000. Legal nurse consultants who work as independent contractors, work by the hour and can make as much as $150/hr. Independent legal nurse consultant set their own schedules and work as much or as little as they want.
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