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Legal Nurse Consulting

Legal Nurse Consulting

Megan Malugani / Monster Contributing Writer

Growth in the Field

The field of legal nurse consulting has grown tremendously since Reed entered it more than 15 years ago, she says. “I honestly had no idea there was an area like this when I started,” Reed says. “It took me two years to realize there were other nurses doing similar work in Indianapolis.” In comparison, there are now thousands of legal nurse consultants in practice across the nation, and the AALNC currently has more than 3,400 members.

The number one prerequisite to becoming a legal nurse consultant is clinical experience, says Reed. Specifically, many legal nurse consultants have backgrounds in critical care, intensive care and the emergency department.

While formal training in legal nurse consulting is not required to practice, training and educational programs are available at universities, community colleges, nonprofits and for-profit organizations, such as the Houston-based Medical-Legal Consulting Institute.

You can learn more about careers in legal nurse consulting by contacting your local AALNC chapter. The AALNC also offers books, tapes and a certification program for legal nurse consultants.

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