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Legal Nurse Consultants

The legal nurse consultants are nurses that provide their medical expertise especially in the proceedings of various legal cases with the aim of providing assistance to the lawyers and other professionals of legal field in interpreting the charts and medical records and educate them about topics related to health care. The legal nurse consultants duties can comprise of research of medical records, helping the clients in understanding the complicated medical information, identification of standards of medical care and even testify as the expert witness while court proceedings. In addition to helping the lawyers, they work in other health care facilities such as government agencies, hospitals and pharmaceutical companies.

 

• Education Criteria for Legal Nurse Consultants:

The legal nurse consultants have to fulfill the education and certification requirements to practice as the registered nurses; it means that they have to acquire two to four years of nursing degree from an accredited institution and pass the licensing exam i.e. NCLEX-RN. Before getting the certification, the nurses have to work as a registered nurse for five years and two years as well in the field of legal nursing. The candidates have to obtain the certification of Legal Nurse Consultant Certified (LNCC) and the exam covers areas related to the legal nursing field such as compensation of the workers, product liability, life care planning, administrative health law, criminal law and personal injury.

 

• How Much Usually a Legal Nurse Consultant Earns?

The good thing about working as the legal nurse consultant is that it allows taking advantage of autonomy as the nurse can work as self-employed and also work on a contractual basis with the law firms, companies and hospitals. The working hours are flexible and the work environment is conducive which is rewarding for the legal consultant nurses. The job of the legal consultant nurse has to do more of the paperwork and exchange information rather than interacting with the patients. Generally, the nurses earn hourly salaries that range in between $100-250.

 

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