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Is it possible for a nurse practitioner to hold a part-time job as a legal nurse consultant or are the jobs conflicting?

Tuesday April 9, 2013
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Question:

Dear Donna,

Is it possible for a nurse practitioner to hold a part-time job as a legal nurse consultant or are the jobs conflicting?

NP

Dear Donna replies:

Dear NP,

There is no conflict that I can think of in being an NP and a legal nurse consultant. You are still a nurse and merely providing consulting services to an attorney or an insurance company.

I will tell you that your best source of information, resources and ongoing support for LNC work, whether part time or otherwise, is the American Association of Legal Nurse Consultants (www.aaalnc.org). Attend local chapter meetings of AALNC as a guest for now. You also can do some informational interviewing (www.Nurse.com/Cardillo/Interviewing) with other LNCs to learn more about the specialty.

Best wishes,
Donna


Donna Cardillo, RN, MA, well-known career guru, is Nurse.com’s “Dear Donna” and author of “Your First Year as a Nurse: Making the Transition from Total Novice to Successful Professional” and “The ULTIMATE Career Guide for Nurses: Practical Advice for Thriving at Every Stage of Your Career.” Information about the books is available at www.Nurse.com/CE/7010 and www.Nurse.com/CE/7250, respectively. To ask Donna your question, go to www.Nurse.com/Asktheexperts/Deardonna. Find a “Dear Donna” seminar near you: Call 800-866-0919 or visit http://Events.nursingspectrum.com/Seminar.