Career Overview: Registered Nurse Legal Consultant

Stethoscope, gavel, and a calculatorHave you completed your nursing degree, received your license, rendered service in various health institutions, and now considering a career shift or an additional source of income? Working as a registered nurse legal consultant (LNC) could be a viable option for you.

The Center For Legal Studies notes that this job is most suited to professionals with expertise in both medical science and legal management.

An LNC is responsible for assisting an array of law professionals. This includes law firms, insurance companies, and government offices, in cases requiring medical knowledge and expertise.

This job will require you to accomplish a variety of tasks, such as, but not limited to, the following:

  • Attend and record medical reviews
  • Conduct client interviews
  • Teach healthcare issues to legal professionals
  • Review cases
  • Draft legal documents for medical cases
  • Prepare medical record timelines
  • Research healthcare literature pertinent to specific cases
  • Testify in court as a medical witness
  • Assist lawyers in healthcare litigation
  • Career Prospect

As an LNC, you can either pursue a full-time, part-time or freelance stint on top of your first job. For full-time employees, the annual average salary is $80,000. Meanwhile, if you are a consultant paid by the hour, you can charge an average of $100–150 per hour of rendered service.

Whether you are considering this career as a full-time or a part-time opportunity, the prognosis earning-wise is more than reassuring.

Exhausting all possible avenues to further your career is always a good move. Just because you have settled long and well in a specific job, it does not mean you have to close your doors to other career possibilities completely.

Are you an RN interested in providing your medical expertise in the legal arena? A career in legal consultancy might be right for you.