I have read lately that some attorneys doesnt want their expert witnesses to be Legal Nurse Consultants or disclose it. I realize you cant be working both sides of the case at the same time but you can be one or the other on a case. I read this quote from Gyalia Rutledge, RN, LNC “The problem that I am running into is that every CV I get, nurses are wanting to put on their CV cases that they have reviewed, the LNC course that they took etc. My attorney that I work for all agree that they do not want “legal work” on a CV. They are strictly looking for the clinical work that you do”.
This really doesnt make any sense to me because its just credentials stating that we have a better understanding of how the legal process works in med-mal, PI, toxic tort, or product disability etc. To be expert witness one usually wants the RN to be working in the clinical area still but why does it matter if I’m an LNC. If they are a Legal Nurse
Consultant and they do not include that in their resume, what happens when the opposing council asks them about their credentials? Do you want them to give you a resume with info left off it so that it can appear in court
instead and surprise you? It would appear then that we were lying. I am confused about this discussion going on at LNC PracticeBuilder LNC’s. I guess it boils down to whatever the attorney’s preference is. As Gyalia stated “if you are going to work for her attorney’s then dont list it on your CV. Doesnt make it right or wrong because its just a preference. So be sure you know what your attorney prefers in the beginning.
Sharon Lewis RN, CLNC
I have been an RN since 1993 and I have always wanted to be in the medical field. My dad always wanted me to be a teacher or lawyer. My dad was the Chief of Police my whole childhood life. He was great at what he did and people respected him because he was fair. He always reminded me of Andy Griffith. I could never have been a teacher for children however I have loved in my medical career teaching to adult students. I lost my dad in April of this year and it was the hardest thing I have had to go through. Although before he passed I was teaching part time in the LPN program and was certified as legal nurse consultant in March 2012 so he was able to see I was teaching and finally combining what I loved with some of what he loved- the law. I miss my dad so much I cant hardly stand it sometimes. I have made a promise to make my business as CLNC the best~in memory of my dad “Charles Bruce” so that he would be proud of me. Please dont misunderstand he was always very proud of his children. Family meant everything to him.
So, here I am in the beginning of my business start up and doing marketing and attempting with all I have in me to get into the attorneys office (which is not easy) so that I can share with them what I can bring to their team. I think one of the problems is that paralegals view us as threats. I would never try to take a paralegal’s position. I bring the medical expertise to the table and work closely with the paralegal so we compliment one another to win cases. I have gone through a very tough course to get certified. I already know the medical side so I had to learn the legal part of the cases I will be helping to win.
I want to show the law firms that a LNC is a much smarter and cost effective way to go. Physicans are great at what they do but they do not know the medical records like a nurse does. They are very expensive to have them review a chart. They will look at MD orders, progress notes, consults, diagnostic test and that’s about it. When reviewing a chart everything needs to be reviewed meaning the whole chart. So the best and most cost effective person to do that is a CLNC. We know what the chart is suppose to have in it and can easily tell when something is missing and we know inner workings of the healthcare facilities. I am not going to give up. I have felt pretty down about it moving slowly but I am a NURSE and I can do anything. I will succeed. Please give this CLNC a chance. I am very confident that I can make a difference in your case load.