How to Become a Legal Nurse Consultant (LNC) (2024)

If you enjoy medical problem-solving, researching and analyzing information, and working with others, then legal nurse consulting may be for you.

Read on to learn about the salary, job description, and education requirements needed to become a legal nurse consultant (LNC).

What is a Legal Nurse Consultant?

Legal nurse consultants are registered nurses that provide invaluable consultation and expertise to attorneys about medical issues.

With strong roots in clinical nursing practice, LNCs apply the nursing process to evaluating relevant, complex information in legal cases. Legal nurse consultants fulfill a unique role in bridging the gap between the legal process, healthcare science, and patient outcomes.

Legal nurse consultants work in many settings, including independent consulting practices, insurance companies, and legal firms, to name a few.

Legal nurse consulting took root in the late 1970s as a specialty area of nursing, and further established itself with the formation of the American Association of Legal Nurse Consultants (AALNC) in 1989.

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What Does a Legal Nurse Consultant Do?

Legal nurse consultants perform a dynamic and varied role. They apply their skills in a number of legal practice areas that are continually evolving as healthcare, medical science, and legal practice change.

Legal Nurse Consultant Practice Areas

The AALNC identifies the following practice areas for LNCs:

  1. Medical malpractice
  2. Personal injury
  3. Long-term care litigation/elder law
  4. Product liability
  5. Toxic tort
  6. Workers’ compensation
  7. Risk management
  8. Life care planning
  9. Regulatory compliance
  10. Forensic/criminal
  11. Civil rights
  12. Employment discrimination
  13. Medicare set-asides

Legal Nurse Consultant Responsibilities

Legal nurse consulting allows you to work independently and with many types of people, and requires that you function well under pressure. Regardless of work environment, LNCs perform many specialized functions that include:

  1. Reviewing and analyzing medical records
  2. Conducting client interviews
  3. Conducting medical literature review
  4. Identifying medical professional standards of practice
  5. Identifying and securing expert witnesses
  6. Translating healthcare language for attorneys and other legal staff
  7. Educating attorneys about medical issues
  8. Providing testimony in court as an expert witness
  9. Preparing for depositions and trials
  10. Producing exhibits for trials and depositions
  11. Serving as a jury consultant for the legal team
  12. Consulting on product liability cases

It is essential that LNCs accept only those cases in which they have a solid clinical foundation. The LNC performs many functions on behalf of the legal team and its clients. A focus in medical-surgical and/or critical care nursing can prepare the LNC to address issues related to a broad range of legal cases. LNCs may also have specialized nursing experience as well, including orthopedics, obstetrics, neurology, cardiology, oncology, and rehabilitation.

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Where Do Legal Nurse Consultants Work?

Legal Nurse Consultants can work in a variety of environments and must evaluate many factors when deciding on a practice environment.

Questions to ask yourself are:

“Do I prefer working alone or do I thrive on consistently working around people?”

“Do I have sufficient financial reserves to manage the inevitable ebb and flow of private practice?”

“Is a smaller, dynamic company my ideal work setting, or do I prefer the structure of a larger corporation or government agency?”

Regardless of the setting, the LNC field offers endless opportunities for professional growth and development. According to the AALNC, potential work environments for the LNC include:

  • Business and industry legal departments
  • Forensic environments
  • Governmental agencies
  • Healthcare facilities
  • Health maintenance organizations (HMOs)
  • Insurance companies
  • Law firms
  • LNC consulting firms
  • Patient safety organizations (PSOs)
  • Self-employed independent practices

Legal Nurse Consultant Salary

Legal nurse consultant salaries vary according to practice specialty, level of education and credentials, years of experience, employer size, and geographic location.

The median annual salary for registered nurses was $77,600 per year or $37.31 per hour as of May 2021, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). The BLS doesn't specify salaries for Legal Nurse Consultants, but Payscale reports that their average annual salary in 2023 is $86,243 or $49.32 per hour.

True professionals, especially those in independent practice, often do not discuss or publicize their rates. In fact, discussing professional rates on email and via social media might be construed as an attempt to price-fix.

LNCs Can Earn 3-4 Times as Much as the Typical Nursing Salary

One experienced LNC pointed out that in the past, the consulting rate for an LNC was considered to be three to four times the hourly rate as the “typical” nursing salary in the same locale, but with increased nursing salaries, a more accurate estimate may be twice the local nursing hourly rate.1

Evaluate Your Total Compensation

If you decide to work in an LNC employee role, be sure to evaluate local salary ranges plus any potential total compensation package with a big-picture view.

Does the employer support professional development with tuition support and paid days off? Is health insurance coverage part of the benefits package, and if so, what is your responsibility for self, spouse/partner, and dependent coverage? How many paid days off can employees earn per year?

Finally, be sure to research the cost of living expenses in your area, including housing, taxes, transportation costs, and many other costs.

Legal Nurse Consultant Private Practices

It’s important to carefully research nursing opportunities in your area to uncover details about job openings and salary potential. If you’re considering opening a private practice, be sure to consider business opportunities in your geographic area, the number of hours you wish to work, and the percentage of time you’ll spend in non-billable activities, such as marketing, invoicing, and other non-revenue-producing activities.

Legal nurse consultants in private practice must develop a multi-faceted business plan that includes anadequate budget for office rent, marketing costs, travel expenses, cost of office equipment and supplies, liability and other insurance premiums, necessary non-billable activities, employee salaries and benefits, and many others.

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How to Become a Legal Nurse Consultant

If legal nurse consulting is your goal, you must first become a registered nurse. To do so, you must take the following steps:

  1. Graduate from a two-year program for an associate’s degree in nursing, a three-year program for a diploma in nursing (usually hospital-based), or a four-year college or university program leading to a bachelor’s degree in nursing
  2. Take the RN licensing exam after graduation, also known as the NCLEX (National Council Licensure Examination). The NCLEX is a nationwide examination for the licensing of nurses in the United States and Canada
  3. Once you pass this exam, you may apply for your first nursing job
  4. Legal nurse consultants need to have a solid clinical nursing background so that they have an understanding of the medical nuances involved in cases.
  5. Work in general medical-surgical nursing, as well as specialty areas, including obstetrics, orthopedics, rehabilitation, neurology, cardiology, and others, can provide a solid foundation for the LNC.
  6. LNCs may also have advanced education, such as a Master’s or doctoral degree.

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Top Legal Nurse Consultant Programs


This list is based on a number of factors including:

  • Reputation
  • NCLEX pass rate
  • Tuition
  • Acceptance rate, when available
  • Only ACEN and CCNE-approved programs are eligible

Nurse Panel

Our selection panel is made up of 3 Registered Nurses with years of experience and multiple degrees:

  • Tracy Everhart, MSN, RN, CNS
  • Tyler Faust, MSN, RN
  • Kathleen Gaines, MSN, BSN, RN, BA, CBC

There are numerous ways to become a legal nurse consultant, but this ranking focuses solely on certifications and courses for existing registered nurses. Because individual nursing pathways and careers take various forms, the top 9 legal nurse consultant programs are ranked in no particular order.

1. Duke University

  • Program Cost: $2,195 (Duke employees are eligible to receive a $200 discount)
  • Online: Yes
  • Program Length: 1 month

Created for anyone with an active RN license, Duke University's legal nurse consulting program prepares nurses to apply their skills to the legal field. This entirely online program consists of six modules completed over one month. Nurses complete modules synchronously, meaning at the same time, on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays from 8:30-4:00. While the courses cannot transfer into a graduate program or count toward continuing education, it's tough to find a better institution for healthcare education than Duke.

2. Stony Brook University

  • Program Cost: $1,205
  • Online: Yes
  • Program Length: 6 months

Offered as a single course, Stony Brook University's legal nurse consultant training is designed for both RNs and PAs. The course takes 42 hours to complete, though it's split into three sessions. Stony Brook designs sessions to take roughly two months, so completed in order this program takes about six months to finish. While long, Stony Brook does offer an incredibly low rate for the course, and nurses have plenty of flexibility with studies during the course.

3. Louisiana State University New Orleans

  • Program Cost: $1800 (when paid in full at beginning of the course)
  • Online: Yes
  • Program Length: Varies (self-paced)

Louisiana State University New Orleans' legal nurse consultant course comes entirely online and is self-paced, meaning nurses can finish the course as quickly or slowly as they'd like. The 10 module course also counts as 100 CNE credits which nurses earn at the end of the course. Upon finishing the modules, nurses also receive a certificate of completion. Students also have the option of completing a two-day preceptorship, a show of an active legal nurse consultant in New Orleans, Louisiana. The combination of price, exposure, flexibility, and CNE opportunities make this an excellent option.

4. Florida Atlantic University

  • Program Cost: $1,000
  • Online: Yes
  • Program Length: 8 weeks

With one of the most affordable legal nurse consultant certificate programs, Florida Atlantic University attracts nurses from across the nation. The online program requires an active RN license and three years of clinical nursing experience, so only experienced nurses may apply. This eight-week program also counts as 33 continuing education credits and prepares nurses to take the Legal Nurse Consultant Certified exam. The cost alone makes this a great option, both for the certificate and continuing education credits.

5. University of Georgia

  • Program Cost: $1,195
  • Online: Yes
  • Program Length: 2 months

Available to both RNs and PAs, the University of Georgia's legal nurse consultant training prepares students to take and pass the Legal Nurse Consultant Certified exam. The program uses bi-monthly start dates with six start date options throughout the year, and students complete their courses online. The program requires 42 hours to complete and counts toward 4.2 continuing education credits. This quick, affordable program requires a much lower time commitment than other options on this list.

6. California State University Long Beach

  • Program Cost: $1,195
  • Online: Yes
  • Program Length: 7 weeks

California State University Long Beach's legal nurse consultant training course comes entirely online, so nurses won't get to relocate to Southern California for seven weeks. However, the program is great for anyone interested in a career as a legal nurse consultant. The program requires nurses to pass several exams to earn the certificate, and CSU Long Beach estimates the program takes 42 hours, good for 4.2 hours of continuing education credits.

7. Wilmington University

  • Program Cost: $7,320
  • Online: Classroom or Online
  • Program Length: 15 weeks

As a post-baccalaureate program, Wilmington University's legal nurse consultant certificate requires that nurses first complete a BSN. However, the program does allow for online study, and nurses can use all credits completed in the program toward a graduate degree. Because the program uses actual college courses and credits, the cost is steeper than other programs. Anyone interested in becoming a legal nurse consultant and potentially earning an MSN could get a head start through Wilmington.

8. University of Rochester

  • Program Cost: $10,080
  • Online: Hybrid
  • Program Length: 6 months

Perhaps the most comprehensive of all legal nurse consultant programs on this list, the University of Rochester's legal nurse consultant course combines online classes with a 168-hour internship. Nurses in the program finish with over 2,000 hours of practice and can become a Legal Nurse Consultant Certified. Because the program utilizes a mandatory internship, nurses need to complete at least some of the program in-person. Also, credits completed could transfer into a degree program.

9. University of Arizona

  • Program Cost: $1,195
  • Online: Yes
  • Program Length: 7 weeks

The University of Arizona offers a seven-week legal nurse consultant training course designed for RNs and PAs. Like other programs, this option comes entirely online and offers six different start dates throughout the year. The course takes an estimated 42 hours to complete. While the cost is higher than similar options, students could take advantage of Arizona's extensive network.

Legal Nurse Consultant Certifications

Although it is not required, LNCs who wish to demonstrate their commitment to the profession and best practices in legal nurse consulting may decide to get their legal nurse consultant certification through the American Association of Legal Nurse Consultants (AALNC).

This credential is accredited by the American Board of Nursing Specialties (ABNS), and is comparable to recognized nursing credentials such as RNC, CCRN, CEN, CPN, and CCRN.

By taking a national exam, LNCs demonstrate their commitment to achieving and maintaining the highest standards of practice in the field. A number of organizations offer courses and certificates in legal nurse consulting, however certification through the AALNC is the only credential that compares to those available in clinical specialties. The designation for an LNC certified through the AALNC is LNCC.

Requirements to sit for the certification exam include:

  1. Current licensure as an RN in the U.S. or its territories (full and unrestricted license)
  2. A minimum of five years practicing as an RN
  3. At least 2000 hours of documented LNC experience within the past three years

Career Outlook

The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that nursing employment will grow at a rate of 6 percent through 2031. Plus, nurses who are nearing retirement and the growing health demands of the baby boomer generation, are causing a current and predicted future nursing shortage.

The field of legal nurse consulting is unique, and therefore difficult to predict the demand. Carefully research your local market and the potential opportunities it offers, including the density of potential employers and clients discussed.


There are many sources that can help you find out more about legal nurse consulting. The American Association of Legal Nurse Consultants offers a number of publications as well as an official publication, the Journal of Legal Nurse Consulting, which is available at no cost to AALNC members and the general public.

In addition to the American Association of Legal Nurse Consultants, a number of other organizations also provide information about the role of the LNC and/or nursing and legal issues:

  1. American Association of Nurse Attorneys
  2. Jurex
  4. American College of Legal Nurse Consulting
  5. Vickie Milazzo Institute, National Alliance of Legal Nurse Consultants
  6. American Society of Law, Medicine & Ethics
  7. Nurse Theory/Legal Nurse
  8. LNCExchange

It is also helpful to network and ask for introductions to currently practicing LNCs. Your local chapter of the American Association of Legal Nurse Consultants can be a starting point for finding a contact that may even become a professional mentor.

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Legal Nurse Consultant Jobs

Many sources can get you started in your search for LNC opportunities.

First, check the “Careers” pages of websites of medical malpractice firms and LNC consulting firms that interest you. Many online resources are available for job searches, including nursing social media sites, career sites, and dedicated nursing career sites like our own job board.

You may want to join your local AALNC chapter and pursue networking opportunities, and/or place your name in the online marketing database on the AALNC website so that attorneys may search at no charge an LNC with specific expertise or to be an expert witness.

Legal nurse consulting can be a fulfilling and rewarding career, both professionally and financially. To be a successful LNC requires developing top-notch medical research skills, honing analytical and problem-solving skills, excellent communication abilities (both written and oral) and the ability to juggle multiple priorities while maintaining professional and personal composure.

Achieving certification in the field demonstrates that you’ve achieved a level of competence that is measured by a national examination and opens doors to further opportunities. Legal nurse consultants can look forward to a career that is ever-changing as trends in medical and legal practice constantly evolve.


  • What is a common responsibility of a legal nurse consultant?

    • LNCs assist with legal cases by analyzing medical records involved in a case and delivering their official professional opinion on those records.
  • What’s the difference between CLNC and LLNC?

    • LNCC certification is issued by the Accreditation Board for Specialty Nursing Certification (ABSNC) and requires passing an exam along with a minimum of five years of experience as an RN and 2,000 hours of working as an LNC within the past 5 years. A nurse can become a CLNC (Certified Legal Nurse Consultants) after taking a 6-day program and passing an exam. No experience is required.
  • How much do legal nurse consultants make?

    • Pay varies based on certification, experience, and type of case, but it can range from $20-$60/hour to upwards of $200/hour.

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How to Become a Legal Nurse Consultant (LNC) (2024)


How to Become a Legal Nurse Consultant (LNC)? ›

Fundamentally, the difference between a CLNC and LNCC is the difference between a certificate and certification.

What is the difference between CLNC and LNCC? ›

Fundamentally, the difference between a CLNC and LNCC is the difference between a certificate and certification.

How much does a Legal Nurse Consultant earn in Illinois? ›

How much does a Legal Nurse Consultant make in Illinois? The average Legal Nurse Consultant salary in Illinois is $82,840 as of May 25, 2023, but the range typically falls between $74,309 and $94,698.

What is LNC in nursing? ›

Legal nurse consultants (LNCs) are registered nurses who work with attorneys and other professionals in the legal field to act as expert medical witnesses in medical cases, such as medical malpractice, personal injury or workers' compensation.

What are the disadvantages of Legal Nurse Consultant? ›

Drawbacks of working as an in-house Legal Nurse Consultant include: *There are far fewer in-house LNC positions than there are RN positions in general. *Salaried positions do not qualify for overtime. *Not as much flexibility with hours as an independent LNC position.

How can I take CLNC exam? ›

To take the CLNC ® Certification Examination, you must: Maintain an active RN license in the U.S. or Canada (a BSN degree is not required) and. Complete the Basic CLNC Certification, which is included in any of the CLNC Certification Systems.

What is a LNCC certification? ›

Certification as a Legal Nurse Consultant Certified (LNCC®) shows nurse colleagues, clients, employers, and others in the medical-legal system that you are knowledgeable of, experienced in, and committed to the specialty of legal nurse consulting. Get Certified. LNCC Certification. Recertification. Exam Resources.

What is the highest paid nurse in Illinois? ›

Hospital Nurse Salary in Illinois
Annual SalaryMonthly Pay
Top Earners$115,093$9,591
75th Percentile$83,600$6,966
25th Percentile$54,100$4,508

What type of nurse gets paid the most in Illinois? ›

A certified registered nurse anesthetist (CRNA) is one of the highest-paid nursing specialties. Registered nurses need additional certification in order to pursue this career path.

What are the benefits of becoming a Legal Nurse Consultant? ›

RNs who become legal nurse consultants have flexibility and control over their lives. You can work as much or as little as you want. You're in complete control over how things are done and what you accomplish. You decide how to run your CLNC business and the types of cases you consult on.

What does LNC stand for? ›

Legal nurse consultants use their health care knowledge to consult on legal cases. Learn more about what they do and how to become one below. Legal nurse consultants (LNC) work with attorneys and law firms on medical cases.

What is the full word for LNC? ›

Legal Nurse Consultant (LNC) is a licensed, registered nurse who performs a critical analysis of clinical and administrative nursing practice and specialized training to consult on medical-related legal cases.

How much do legal nurse consultants make in NYC? ›

The average Legal Nurse Consultant salary in New York, NY is $94,732 as of May 25, 2023, but the salary range typically falls between $84,977 and $108,292.

What is the difference between legal consultant and lawyer? ›

There is a difference between a lawyer and a law consultant. A lawyer is one who practices law in courts of law, whereas a consultant helps to solve legal problems by providing consultation services.

What is the main disadvantage to being a consultant? ›

Consulting often has high turnover rates, meaning that you may experience more coworker changes when working in consulting than you would expect when working as an employee at a company. This can make it harder to develop work relationships with your coworkers.

How much does a legal nurse consultant earn in Texas? ›

Legal Nurse Consultant Salary in Houston, TX
Annual SalaryWeekly Pay
Top Earners$96,361$1,853
75th Percentile$89,600$1,723
25th Percentile$86,300$1,659

How much is the Texas Nursing Jurisprudence exam? ›

Cost is $200. While you wait, prepare for the exam. We recommend that you: view a copy of the Nursing Practice Act (NPA) and Board Rules and Regulations on our website.

How often do you have to take the Texas Nursing Jurisprudence exam? ›

Many states specify continuing education requirements that the nurse must fulfill for license renewal. For example, Texas (TX) requires nurses to complete their license renewal every 2 years.

Do you have to take the Texas Nursing Jurisprudence exam? ›

The NJE is one of the requirements that is required by Texas Board of Nursing to all applicants who are applying for initial licensure. The applicant must need to pass the NJE before the license will be issued by the board.

How long does it take to get a co RN license? ›

Permanent License

Approximately 8 weeks after receipt of all required documents.

What is CNML certification? ›

The Certified Nurse Manager and Leader (CNML®) credential is designed exclusively for nurse leaders in the nurse manager role. With the CNML certification, you will become recognized as a leader in your health care community.

How do I write a certification RN? ›

Nurses in clinical practice tend to list their licensure first followed by degrees and then certifications. For example: RN, BSN, CCRN. Nurses who are academic educators list their academic degrees first followed by licensure and then certifications. For example: DNP, RN, CNE.

Who are the highest to lowest paid nurses? ›

Highest Paid Nursing Jobs:
  • Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist – $202,000.
  • Nursing Administrator – $120,000.
  • Neonatal Intensive Care Nurse – $120,000.
  • General Nurse Practitioner – $118,000.
  • Critical Care Nurse – $118,000.
  • Certified Nurse Midwife – $114,000.
  • Informatics Nurse – $102,000.
  • Clinical Nurse Specialist – $95,000.
Dec 5, 2022

What is the highest paying nurse title? ›

Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) earn a nationwide average of $202,470 per year according to the BLS; this makes CRNAs the highest-paying type nursing job by a significant margin.

What is the highest paid nurse called? ›

Nursing Jobs with the Highest Pay
  • Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist | $195,610.
  • General Nurse Practitioner | $120,680.
  • ICU Nurse | $120,243.
  • Neonatal ICU Nurse | $118,586.
  • Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner | $113,114.
  • Certified Nurse Midwife | $112,830.
  • Clinical Nurse Specialist | $112,267.
  • Pain Management Nurse | $110,420.
May 11, 2023

Which hospital pays the most in Illinois? ›

Top Paying Companies
1Northwestern Medicine$121,284
2UChicago Medicine$111,148
3Rush University Medical Center$107,312
4Swedish Covenant$103,632

What is the salary of a BSN nurse in Illinois? ›

Bsn Salary in Illinois. $74,300 is the 25th percentile. Salaries below this are outliers. $100,300 is the 75th percentile.

What hospital pays nurses the most in Illinois? ›

Highest Paying Hospitals for Nurses in Illinois
  1. Decatur Memorial Hospital. Location: 2300 N Edward St, Decatur, IL 62526. ...
  2. Gibson Area Hospital. ...
  3. Lincoln Memorial Hospital. ...
  4. Advocate Sherman Hospital. ...
  5. Carlinville Area Hospital. ...
  6. OSF Children's Hospital of Illinois. ...
  7. Mason District Hospital. ...
  8. Hopedale Medical Complex.
Oct 18, 2022

What is the job of a legal consultant? ›

A legal consultant uses legal practice knowledge to enhance a law company's efficiency and profitability. Besides advising on the right solutions for customer productivity, marketing and development strategies, legal consultants also actively manage risks by consulting on program and legal-related issues.

What qualities do you need to be a nurse consultant? ›

Nurse Consultants in any clinical specialty need to be able to demonstrate competency and experience within these four pillars of clinical practice, which are the facilitation of learning, leadership, research and development.

How do I become a nurse consultant in the US? ›

Common Steps to Becoming a Legal Nurse Consultant
  1. Earn a nursing degree. To become a legal nurse consultant, you will want to earn an associate degree in nursing or a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. ...
  2. Pass the NCLEX. ...
  3. Apply for Your Certification as an LNCC.

What does NUID stand for? ›

This ID is called the National User Identifier (NUID).

What does Cctm stand for? ›

Care Coordination and Transition Management (CCTM)

What does inc mean medical? ›

IMV. intermittent mandatory ventilation (see mechanical ventilation) Inc. incomplete.

Which NY hospital pays nurses the most? ›

What are Top 5 Best Paying Related Hospital Rn Jobs in New York City
Job TitleAnnual SalaryMonthly Pay
Overlake Hospital Rn$272,756$22,729
Rn Registered Nurse Or$161,554$13,462
It Rn$154,549$12,879
Methodist Hospital Rn$154,210$12,850
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How much does a Nurse Consultant earn in USA? ›

Nurse Consultant Salary
PercentileSalaryLast Updated
10th Percentile Nurse Consultant Salary$75,395May 25, 2023
25th Percentile Nurse Consultant Salary$82,859May 25, 2023
50th Percentile Nurse Consultant Salary$91,058May 25, 2023
75th Percentile Nurse Consultant Salary$100,200May 25, 2023
1 more row

How much does a NY RN case manager earn? ›

The average Nurse Case Manager salary in New York, NY is $80,707 as of , but the salary range typically falls between $72,367 and $92,307.

What is the difference between registered nurses and advanced practice registered nurses with regards to training and certification? ›

Main Differences Between RN and APRN

RNs and APRNs coordinate and deliver direct patient care while educating patients about their conditions and other illnesses. However, APRNs have some knowledge and undergo specialized training that RNs don't. That is where the primary difference between RNs and APRN lie.

What are the benefits of becoming a legal nurse consultant? ›

RNs who become legal nurse consultants have flexibility and control over their lives. You can work as much or as little as you want. You're in complete control over how things are done and what you accomplish. You decide how to run your CLNC business and the types of cases you consult on.

Is the Journal of Legal Nurse Consulting peer reviewed? ›

The Journal of Legal Nurse Consulting (JLNC), a peer-reviewed publication, is the official journal of the American Association of Legal Nurse Consultants (AALNC).

What is one of the differences between an advanced practice registered nurse? ›

The big difference between an ARNP and a RN is that an ARNP is fully capable of seeing patients on their own and have the authority to coordinate an entire healthcare team to plan and evaluate a patient's care. The ARNP also has the authority to supervise other healthcare workers.

Is an APRN as good as an MD? ›

APRNs can diagnose and treat disease just like an MD or a PA for the most part. At minimum, an APRN has a registered nurse license (RN), hands-on clinical experience, and a master's degree in the nursing field. APRNs are also supervised by a licensed MD.

Do advanced practice nurses have the highest status in the nursing profession? ›

What is the highest level of nurse? The highest level of clinical nursing is an advanced practice registered nurse (APRN), which is a nurse-midwife, nurse practitioner, certified registered nurse anesthetist, or clinical nurse specialist.

What is the difference between RN and APN? ›

RNs deliver direct patient care as specified in a patient's medical plan, while APRNs create this patient care plan alongside other advanced practice providers, and supervise other medical staff, including RNs and medical assistants.

How much do legal nurse consultants make in Florida? ›

$73,100 is the 25th percentile. Salaries below this are outliers. $81,576 is the 90th percentile. Salaries above this are outliers.

Is MEDSURG Nursing a peer-reviewed journal? ›

MEDSURG Nursing, the official journal of the Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses, is a scholarly, peer-reviewed journal dedicated to advancing evidence-based medical-surgical nursing practice, clinical research, and professional development.

What is a legal peer review? ›

Peer review is the evaluation of someone's work by a group of people in the same profession or field (peers). Peer review is mostly used to maintain the quality of the performance of professionals.

What is peer review in nursing audit? ›

Peer review is defined as "an organized effort whereby practicing professionals review the quality and appropriateness of services ordered or performed by their professional peers." In nursing, it is the “process by which practicing registered nurses systematically assess, monitor, and make judgments about the quality ...

What is the most advanced type of nurse? ›

What is the highest level of nursing? The highest level of nursing education is the doctoral level. Positions that require doctoral nursing degrees include certain types of advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs), as well as leadership positions such as chief nursing officer or director of nursing.

What type of advanced practice nurses are most widely accepted by the public? ›

Nurse practitioners are one of the most popular and highly desired APRN degrees. NPs can prescribe medications, examine patients, order diagnostic tests, diagnose illnesses and provide treatment.

What is another name for advanced practice nurse? ›

A nurse practitioner (NP) is a nurse with a graduate degree in advanced practice nursing. This type of provider may also be referred to as an ARNP (Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner) or APRN (Advanced Practice Registered Nurse).


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