[This post was written by Pamela Graff RN, BSN and reflects her experience with the AALNC Legal Nurse Consulting Professional Course. The AALNC LNC Professional Course was designed by AALNC's content matter experts to help both new and experienced LNCs grow their legal nurse consulting skills.]
I am currently not practicing as an LNC but would like to become an LNC because of my passion for both medicine and law. I have been a practicing nurse for 27 years. My clinical experience includes Medical-Surgical Nursing, Telemetry, Pediatric and Adult Hematology/Oncology, Medical-Surgical Pediatrics, Pre-op assessment and post-op recovery, TCU, Hi-Observation, Orthopedics, and Mother/Baby.
I have worked in various nursing roles including Staff Nurse, Float Nurse, Charge Nurse, Pediatric Clinical Resource Nurse (CRN), and House Supervisor. I have served on multiple committees including Unit Practice Counsels and Transforming Care at the Bedside (TCAB), performed chart reviews/audits, Epic Superuser, compact development, preceptorship/mentoring training, and leadership training.
With a strong educational and experiential background, I possess the necessary drive to be a liaison between the legal and healthcare professions through my ability to analyze health care issues, facts, and outcomes for those in both the legal and healthcare arenas. I am particularly interested in product liability, medical malpractice related to wrongful death, and toxic torts.
I chose to complete the AALNC LNC Professional Course to increase my knowledge base on legal issues within healthcare and the legal arena. The most valuable part of the AALNC LNC Professional course not only has been to learn about practices and principles of an LNC but also to determine what it takes to become an LNC. I would strongly recommend the AALNC LNC Professional course to not only registered nurses who are considering becoming an LNC, but also current LNCs. The course is very user-friendly and integrates an easy to follow layout.
I chose the AALNC course over other courses because I felt it would best prepare me for my certification once I completed my hours of service. Test questions at the end of each module efficiently represented the material within the module. Every module kept my interest and attention, and I found myself wanting more. Like a good book, it was hard to put down.
About the Author, Pamela Graff RN, BSN: I have two children, Rachel and Nick ages 16 and 14 respectively. I am a member of the American Nurses Association, MN Nurses Association, and American Association of Legal Nurse Consultants. My favorite past time is learning, gardening, traveling, cooking, weight lifting, and spending time with my family.