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I am considering a health law masterís program or maybe a legal nurse consulting certification. What jobs would I be qualified for after completion?

Monday February 4, 2013
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Dear Nancy,

I've been a nurse for 25 years. I'm trying to determine the right career change and I have a strong interest in law. I was considering a health law masterís program or maybe pursuing a legal nurse consulting certification. My concern is, what job will I be qualified for at completion?


Nancy Brent replies:

Dear Darla,

Your best source of information is to check with the health law masters' program you are considering in order to determine where the graduates of their program are being employed. Also important to ask would be what percentage of their graduates are working and what salary can you expect.

The same approach would be best for you to follow with the legal nurse consulting option. Write your questions down and call the certificate programs you are interested in to see how their graduates are utilized, how many are currently employed and what their base or average salary is.

A resource for information about legal nurse consulting is the American Association of Legal Nurse Consultants (www.aalnc.org). There is a wealth of information on their website that you might find helpful.


Nancy J. Brent, RN, MS, JD, is an attorney in private practice in Wilmette, Ill. This information is for educational purposes only and is not intended as legal or any other advice. The reader is encouraged to seek the advice of an attorney or other professional when an opinion is needed.