How to Become a Certified Legal Nurse Consultant
Being a nurse is a fulfilling job, and so is being a legal nurse consultant. While the latter requires different training courses and certifications, you get to widen your scope working not just on hospitals, but also in law firms and insurance companies.
The flexible work environments mean facing new challenges and meeting lots of people while helping resolve health-related legal cases.
Becoming a certified legal nurse consultant
Some nurses who don’t have any inclination that they want to be a nurse consultant in the future take registered nurse (RN) licensure first. Some nurse consultants went ahead to pursuing legal training.
Some others choose to take legal studies first before becoming a nurse and eventually a nurse consultant. The Center For Legal Studies shares some tips on how to become a certified legal nurse consultant.
1. Complete secondary education
You must complete secondary education or obtain a GED (General Education Development). Then, you can pursue science or mathematics-related courses and other related electives.
2. Enroll in a nursing course
Accredited nursing programs run from two (associate degree) to four years (degree). You need to submit your high school credentials (official transcripts, ACT or SAT scores) or your GED certificate, along with your personal statement, recommendation letter, and application fee. Pass the interview and then choose a CCNE or ACEN-accredited program.
3. Pass the NCLEX
NCLEX stands for the National Council Licensure Examination, which you need to pass to become an RN. The next step is to obtain relevant experience.
4. Get legal training
Legal nurse consulting training may start while you are employed through legal training programs. Remember that the American Association of Legal Nurse Consultants (AALNC) does not endorse any formal education program.
On the other hand, future employers will consider this aspect, so it’s best to obtain it from a reputable provider. Ask for referrals from your mentors if you have any. You need 2,000 hours of legal nurse consulting experience before you may proceed to the last step.
5. Get certified
AALNC provides legal nurse consulting certification. The qualifications for certification include a valid RN license, five years of experience as an RN, and 2,000 hours of consulting within the last five years. You must also pass the comprehensive examination.
If you want to become a certified legal nurse consultant, you may follow the steps outlined above. It’s a long process, so make sure that this job is for you and you have the patience and determination to get through it.