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LNC Online Course Packages

AALNC offers several package choices, all designed to give you the most complete LNC education. Complete descriptions of all packages and purchase options are below. Click the course titles to view the full descriptions. Please note that all sales are final.


LNC Online Course with Resource Library and Textbook

Maximize your LNC education with the complete course package! This package includes:

  • Access to all 17 Modules
  • Legal Nurse Consulting: Principles & Practice
  • Growing Your Practice: Resources, Sample Reports & Tools for the LNC

Target Audience: RNs interested in learning more about legal nurse consulting.

Description/Purpose: The purpose of this course is to provide the nurse with the knowledge required to function effectively as a legal nurse consultant in a variety of practice settings.

Continuing Education: The American Association of Legal Nurse Consultants Education Committee is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

Total Contact Hours Available: 59
Expiration Date: April 10, 2020

Successful Completion:

  • Complete individual module
  • Obtain a score of at least 80% on the module post-test
  • Complete the online course evaluation and attestation of completion

Conflict of Interest: The planners and faculty for this activity report no conflicts of interest.

Price: 

Member: $2070
Non-member: $3880


LNC Online Course with Resource Library

Take advantage of this course package with the Resource Library! This package includes:

  • Access to all 17 Modules
  • Growing Your Practice: Resources, Sample Reports & Tools for the LNC

Target Audience: RNs interested in learning more about legal nurse consulting.

Description/Purpose: The purpose of this course is to provide the nurse with the knowledge required to function effectively as a legal nurse consultant in a variety of practice settings.

Continuing Education: The American Association of Legal Nurse Consultants Education Committee is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

Total Contact Hours Available: 59
Expiration Date: April 10, 2020

Successful Completion:

  • Complete individual module
  • Obtain a score of at least 80% on the module post-test
  • Complete the online course evaluation and attestation of completion

Conflict of Interest: The planners and faculty for this activity report no conflicts of interest.

Price: 

Member: $1920
Non-member: $3715


LNC Online Course

Purchase the complete course and save! This package includes:

  • Access to all 17 Modules

Target Audience: RNs interested in learning more about legal nurse consulting.

Description/Purpose: The purpose of this course is to provide the nurse with the knowledge required to function effectively as a legal nurse consultant in a variety of practice settings.

Continuing Education: The American Association of Legal Nurse Consultants Education Committee is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

Total Contact Hours Available: 59
Expiration Date: April 10, 2020

Successful Completion:

  • Complete individual module
  • Obtain a score of at least 80% on the module post-test
  • Complete the online course evaluation and attestation of completion

Conflict of Interest: The planners and faculty for this activity report no conflicts of interest.

Price: 

Member: $1770
Non-member: $3540


LNC Online Course Modules

AALNC offers the LNC Online Course as individual modules so that the learner may work at their own pace. Modules may be completed in any order, though we recommend starting with Introduction to Legal Nurse Consulting. Complete descriptions of the modules and course content can be found below. Click the module titles to view the full descriptions. Please note that sales are final.


Introduction to Legal Nurse Consulting

Authors: 

Patricia Costantini, RN MEd LPC CRC CCM CLCP LNCC
Karen J. Huff, BSN RN LNCC
Jane Mihalich, BSN RN LNCC

Target Audience: RNs interested in learning more about legal nurse consulting.

Description/Purpose: Participation in this online learning module will provide the learner with an introduction to the concepts, principles and practices of legal nurse consulting.

Objectives: 

  • Explore the role of the AALNC in developing the practice of Legal Nurse Consulting
  • Evaluate the concepts related to professionalism for LNCs including the Code of Ethics, the scope & standards of practice and legal liability for practicing LNCs
  • Outline common practice environments and roles available for LNC professionals
  • Analyze the qualities and attributes which are important for successful LNC practice
  • Summarize the various education components which have value for the LNC and distinguish between certification and certificate of completion
  • Analyze the LNCC certification process

Continuing Education: The American Association of Legal Nurse Consultants Education Committee is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

Contact Hours: 5
Expiration Date: December 29, 2017

Successful Completion:

  • Complete individual module
  • Obtain a score of at least 80% on the module post-test
  • Complete the online course evaluation and attestation of completion

Conflict of Interest: The planners and faculty for this activity report no conflicts of interest.

Price: 

Member: $150
Non-member: $300

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Legal Fundamentals

Author: 

Elizabeth Zorn, BSN RN LNCC

Target Audience: RNs interested in learning more about legal nurse consulting.

Description/Purpose: Participation in this online module will increase the learner’s knowledge base in fundamental legal concepts and doctrines.

Objectives: 

  • Name the four sources of law and discuss the process by which each is created.
  • Outline the two types of law and analyze the application of each type
  • Define selected legal doctrines and discuss application of each in LNC work

Continuing Education: The American Association of Legal Nurse Consultants Education Committee is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

Contact Hours: 3
Expiration Date: December 29, 2017

Successful Completion:

  • Complete individual module
  • Obtain a score of at least 80% on the module post-test
  • Complete the online course evaluation and attestation of completion

Conflict of Interest: The planners and faculty for this activity report no conflicts of interest.

Price: 

Member: $90
Non-member: $180

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Interacting with Plaintiff and Defense Clients

Authors: 

Jean Cooper, MSN RN LNCC
Sharon K. McQuown, MSN RN LNCC

Target Audience: RNs interested in learning more about legal nurse consulting.

Description/Purpose: Participation in this online module will enable the learner to evaluate the various relationships of the LNC with attorneys and differentiate the roles and responsibilities in each area of responsibility.

Objectives: 

  • Analyze at least three essential verbal communication skills and potential barriers to verbal communication
  • Differentiate the role of the independent LNC from the role of the in house LNC in communicating with attorneys and the guiding principles of communication for the independent LNC
  • Analyze the LNC role in the activities and decision making elements required in evaluating plaintiff cases
  • Outline the roles of the various members of the defense team and how the LNC functions and interacts as a member of the defense team

Continuing Education: The American Association of Legal Nurse Consultants Education Committee is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

Contact Hours: 4
Expiration Date: December 29, 2017

Successful Completion:

  • Complete individual module
  • Obtain a score of at least 80% on the module post-test
  • Complete the online course evaluation and attestation of completion

Conflict of Interest: The planners and faculty for this activity report no conflicts of interest.

Price: 

Member: $120
Non-member: $240

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Medical Records Identification, Access, and Analysis

Author: 

Julie Dickinson, MBA RN LNCC

Target Audience: RNs interested in learning more about legal nurse consulting.

Description/Purpose: Participation in this online module will enable the learner to develop a knowledge base and beginning skills/practice abilities in the role of the LNC in analyzing and managing medical records.

Objectives: 

  • Review the concepts of patient confidentiality
  • Outline the various sources for acquisition of patient medical records as well as the digitized and electronic medical records resources
  • Analyze the various laws and federal/ state regulations governing access to medical records
  • Examine the LNC’s tasks/responsibilities involved in organizing and managing medical records
  • Evaluate the elements of medical records analysis and analyze the concepts to be utilized by LNC’s in effective and successful analysis of medical records

Continuing Education: The American Association of Legal Nurse Consultants Education Committee is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

Contact Hours: 5
Expiration Date: December 29, 2017

Successful Completion:

  • Complete individual module
  • Obtain a score of at least 80% on the module post-test
  • Complete the online course evaluation and attestation of completion

Conflict of Interest: The planners and faculty for this activity report no conflicts of interest.

Price: 

Member: $150
Non-member: $300

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Researching Medical Literature & Other Information

Author: 

Jean Autry, BS RN LNCC CMI-I
Katy Jones, MSN BSN RN 

Target Audience: RNs interested in learning more about legal nurse consulting.

Description/Purpose: Participation in this online module will enable the learner to explore reliable, effective and efficient methods for conducting medical-legal research and providing an excellent work product to the attorney/attorney client.

Objectives: 

  • Discuss the importance of medical legal research for the LNC
  • Analyze the various types of medical literature and discuss the reasons why searches may be needed
  • Illustrate effective processes for conducting research
  • Analyze effective methods for researching reliable sources for standards of care
  • Explain the process and considerations for researching causation issues
  • Critique two selected legal standards and outline the most effective methods for summarizing medical literature
  • Evaluate reliable and effective sources for locating and viewing full text articles
  • Summarize the use of other selected types of research in case preparation

Continuing Education: The American Association of Legal Nurse Consultants Education Committee is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

Contact Hours: 4
Expiration Date: December 29, 2017

Successful Completion:

  • Complete individual module
  • Obtain a score of at least 80% on the module post-test
  • Complete the online course evaluation and attestation of completion

Conflict of Interest: The planners and faculty for this activity report no conflicts of interest.

Price: 

Member: $120
Non-member: $240

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Written Communication and Report Writing

Author: 

Kathy Ferrell, BS RN LNCC

Target Audience: RNs interested in learning more about legal nurse consulting.

Description/Purpose: Participation in this online module will enable the learner to explore reliable, effective and efficient methods for conducting medical-legal research and providing an excellent work product to the attorney/attorney client.

Objectives: 

  • Identify the various types of LNC written work products
  • Match the different types of writing styles that LNCs may use in written work
  • Apply the Six C’s of effective communication to your own writing
  • Construct a Chronology following the four components of essential writing skills

Continuing Education: The American Association of Legal Nurse Consultants Education Committee is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

Contact Hours: 2
Expiration Date: December 29, 2017

Successful Completion:

  • Complete individual module
  • Obtain a score of at least 80% on the module post-test
  • Complete the online course evaluation and attestation of completion

Conflict of Interest: The planners and faculty for this activity report no conflicts of interest.

Price:

Member: $60
Non-member: $120

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Identification, Evaluation, and Collaboration with Expert Witnesses

Authors: 

Julie Dickinson, MBA BSN RN LNCC
Elizabeth Zorn, BSN RN LNCC

Target Audience: RNs interested in learning more about legal nurse consulting.

Description/Purpose: Participation in this online module will enable the learner to utilize specific tools to investigate, select and prepare expert witnesses for consultation, deposition and/or trial testimony.

Objectives: 

  • Explore the role of the expert witness and concepts for identification/ selection of appropriate experts
  • Analyze strategies for locating experts and appropriate criteria for evaluating them as well as guidelines for determining fees
  • Review relevant regulations and guidelines for expert witness testimony
  • Outline the components of optimal expert witness packages, witness conferences and preparation of witnesses

Continuing Education: The American Association of Legal Nurse Consultants Education Committee is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

Contact Hours: 5
Expiration Date: December 29, 2017

Successful Completion:

  • Complete individual module
  • Obtain a score of at least 80% on the module post-test
  • Complete the online course evaluation and attestation of completion

Conflict of Interest: The planners and faculty for this activity report no conflicts of interest.

Price: 

Member: $150
Non-member: $300

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Case Analysis: Medical Malpractice

Authors: 

Julie Dickinson, MBA BSN RN LNCC
Elizabeth Zorn, BSN RN LNCC

Target Audience: RNs interested in learning more about legal nurse consulting.

Description/Purpose: By working through this self-directed online module, the learner will be able to analyze the multiple aspects and management priorities involved in a medical malpractice case.

Objectives: 

  • Outline the legal classification of a professional negligence case.
  • Summarize the 4 elements of proof in a professional negligence claim.
  • Outline the preliminary considerations when screening a potential case for merit.
  • Define the process and elements involved in evaluating standard of care and breach of duty.
  • Analyze the process of evaluating damages.
  • Analyze the process of evaluating causation.
  • Outline the considerations when evaluating claims from the defense perspective.
  • Explore the strategies and decision-making processes used to determine the best means to resolve a claim prior to verdict.
  • Explain the role of expert witnesses in professional negligence cases.
  • Evaluate the various factors impacting trial outcome.

Continuing Education: The American Association of Legal Nurse Consultants Education Committee is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

Contact Hours: 6.5
Expiration Date: April 10, 2020

Successful Completion:

  • Complete individual module
  • Obtain a score of at least 80% on the module post-test
  • Complete the online course evaluation and attestation of completion

Conflict of Interest: The planners and faculty for this activity report no conflicts of interest.

Price: 

Member: $195
Non-member: $390


Case Analysis: Personal Injury

Authors: 

Laura Grossman Nissim, RN MS CNS LNCC

Target Audience: RNs interested in learning more about legal nurse consulting.

Description/Purpose: By working through this self-directed online module, the learner will be able to analyze the multiple aspects and management priorities involved in a personal injury case.

Objectives: 

  • Define personal injury and identify six types of personal injury.
  • Define torts and discuss the difference between intentional torts, negligence, and strict liability.
  • Provide examples of the four elements that must be present in order for there to be recovery on a negligence claim.
  • List 5 different types of injuries that may be identified in a personal injury claim.
  • Identify other factors which may impact personal injury claims (other than the subject accident).
  • Identify defenses that the law may allow against civil negligence.
  • Discuss three different types of ‘coverage’ for injuries that are location or circumstantially specific.
  • Define causation and describe why it is important.
  • Identify 4 different types of ‘damages’ and what is different about each of them.
  • Identify 5 different ways that civil litigation can be decided.
  • Distinguish the difference between plaintiff and defense LNC practice in personal injury claims.

Continuing Education: The American Association of Legal Nurse Consultants Education Committee is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

Contact Hours: 3
Expiration Date: April 10, 2020

Successful Completion:

  • Complete individual module
  • Obtain a score of at least 80% on the module post-test
  • Complete the online course evaluation and attestation of completion

Conflict of Interest: The planners and faculty for this activity report no conflicts of interest.

Price: 

Member: $90
Non-member: $180


Case Analysis: Long Term Care

Authors: 

Mary Jo Brink, MSN RN
Anne Meyer, BSN RN LNCC

Target Audience: RNs interested in learning more about legal nurse consulting.

Description/Purpose: By working through this self-directed online module, the learner will be able to analyze the multiple aspects and management priorities involved in a long term care case.

Objectives: 

  • Define Long Term Care in the nursing home setting;
  • Discuss the hierarchy of roles found within long term care facilities;
  • Identify the different payor types reimbursing for Long Term Care and the effect they may have on what we see in the records;
  • Describe the common provider liability issues in Long Term Care litigation
  • Access LTC forms and processes.

Continuing Education: The American Association of Legal Nurse Consultants Education Committee is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

Contact Hours: 2.5
Expiration Date: April 10, 2020

Successful Completion:

  • Complete individual module
  • Obtain a score of at least 80% on the module post-test
  • Complete the online course evaluation and attestation of completion

Conflict of Interest: The planners and faculty for this activity report no conflicts of interest.

Price: 

Member: $75
Non-member: $150


Case Analysis: Product Liability

Authors: 

Vicki Garnett, RN CRCC LNCC

Target Audience: RNs interested in learning more about legal nurse consulting.

Description/Purpose: Participation in this online module will enable learners to explore the concepts and principles related to products liability through the learning strategy of case analysis.

Objectives: 

  • Define Product Liability
  • Compare Theories of Product Liability
  • Define three alleged defects associated with Product Claims
  • List two possible ways to obtain information related to adverse events with Product Liability 
  • Describe significant roles for the LNC when working with Product Liability Claims 

Continuing Education: The American Association of Legal Nurse Consultants Education Committee is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

Contact Hours: 2.5
Expiration Date: April 10, 2020

Successful Completion:

  • Complete individual module
  • Obtain a score of at least 80% on the module post-test
  • Complete the online course evaluation and attestation of completion

Conflict of Interest: The planners and faculty for this activity report no conflicts of interest.

Price: 

Member: $75
Non-member: $150


Case Analysis: Toxic Tort

Authors: 

Catherine Beasley, MS BSN LNCC
Rosie Oldham, BS RN LNCC

Target Audience: RNs interested in learning more about legal nurse consulting.

Description/Purpose: Participation in this online module will enable learners to explore the concepts and principles related to toxic tort through the learning strategy of case analysis.

Objectives: 

  • Define the elements of toxic tort claims
  • Identify common diseases associated with toxic exposure
  • Examine the role of the LNC in toxic tort claims
  • Outline the required elements of an effective toxic tort work product in LNC practice 

Continuing Education: The American Association of Legal Nurse Consultants Education Committee is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

Contact Hours: 3
Expiration Date: April 10, 2020

Successful Completion:

  • Complete individual module
  • Obtain a score of at least 80% on the module post-test
  • Complete the online course evaluation and attestation of completion

Conflict of Interest: The planners and faculty for this activity report no conflicts of interest.

Price: 

Member: $90
Non-member: $180


Business Principles and Practices

Authors: 

Susan Carleo, RN CAPA LNCC

Target Audience: RNs interested in learning more about legal nurse consulting.

Description/Purpose: Participation in this online module will enable the learner to develop a knowledge base and beginning skills and practice abilities in starting and growing an LNC independent consulting business.

Objectives: 

  • Summarize the opportunities and challenges of an independent legal nurse consulting business
  • List the considerations for starting an independent consulting business
  • Explore strategies and considerations for marketing to and connecting with potential clients
  • Explain the considerations for an initial client meeting and for accepting and working on cases
  • Discuss marketing strategies for acquiring additional cases and clients 
  • Identify tips for refining and growing an independent consulting business 

Continuing Education: The American Association of Legal Nurse Consultants Education Committee is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

Contact Hours: 2.5
Expiration Date: April 10, 2020

Successful Completion:

  • Complete individual module
  • Obtain a score of at least 80% on the module post-test
  • Complete the online course evaluation and attestation of completion

Conflict of Interest: The planners and faculty for this activity report no conflicts of interest.

Price: 

Member: $75
Non-member: $150


Role of the LNC: Pleadings and Discovery

Authors: 

Priscilla Miller, MS-CRMC RN LNCC
Elizabeth K. Zorn, RN BSN LNCC 

Target Audience: RNs interested in learning more about legal nurse consulting.

Description/Purpose: Participation in this online module will enable the learner to develop a knowledge base and beginning practice abilities in the role of the LNC during the pleadings and discovery phases of a lawsuit.

Objectives: 

  • Identify the process for initiating litigation.
  • Identify the purpose of the discovery phase of litigation.
  • Outline common discovery demands.
  • Identify common investigations undertaken as part of the discovery process.
  • Explain the role of experts during discovery.
  • Explore the purpose and procedural rules related to depositions.
  • Outline the purpose and procedural rules related to independent medical exams.
  • Identify common motions during discovery.
  • Identify the purpose of scheduling orders and pre-trial conferences.
  • Explain the LNC role during the initiation of litigation and throughout the discovery phase.

Continuing Education: The American Association of Legal Nurse Consultants Education Committee is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

Contact Hours: 2
Expiration Date: April 10, 2020

Successful Completion:

  • Complete individual module
  • Obtain a score of at least 80% on the module post-test
  • Complete the online course evaluation and attestation of completion

Conflict of Interest: The planners and faculty for this activity report no conflicts of interest.

Price: 

Member: $60
Non-member: $120


Alternative Dispute Resolution and Trial

Authors: 

Jamie Myers, MSN RN RNC-OB
Lisa Santopradre, BSN RB LNCC

Target Audience: RNs interested in learning more about legal nurse consulting.

Description/Purpose: The purpose of this activity is to increase the participant’s knowledge and role of the LNC regarding alternative dispute resolution, pre-trial settlement modalities and the litigation process.

Objectives: 

  • Describe the two most widely used methods of Alternative Dispute Resolution and Pre-Trial Settlement Modalities
  • Examine the role of the LNC in Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Explain the litigation process, including the pre-trial, trial and post-trial steps
  • Summarize the main roles of the LNC through the pre-trial and post-trial process

Continuing Education: The American Association of Legal Nurse Consultants Education Committee is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

Contact Hours: 4
Expiration Date: April 10, 2020

Successful Completion:

  • Complete individual module
  • Obtain a score of at least 80% on the module post-test
  • Complete the online course evaluation and attestation of completion

Conflict of Interest: The planners and faculty for this activity report no conflicts of interest.

Price: 

Member: $120
Non-member: $240


Role of the Nurse Expert

Authors: 

Beth Diehl, DNP NNP-BC CCRN LNCC
Wendie Howland, MN RN-BC CRRN CCM CNLCP LNCC 

Target Audience: RNs interested in learning more about legal nurse consulting.

Description/Purpose: Participation in this online module will enable the learner to develop a knowledge base and beginning practice abilities in the role of the nurse expert.

Objectives: 

  • State the definition of an expert witness
  • Identify the role of the expert witness in the litigation process
  • Understand expert witness credibility and vetting
  • Discuss expert witness business strategy
  • Describe expert witness testimony

Continuing Education: The American Association of Legal Nurse Consultants Education Committee is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

Contact Hours: 2
Expiration Date: April 10, 2020

Successful Completion:

  • Complete individual module
  • Obtain a score of at least 80% on the module post-test
  • Complete the online course evaluation and attestation of completion

Conflict of Interest: The planners and faculty for this activity report no conflicts of interest.

Price: 

Member: $60
Non-member: $120

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Other LNC Practice Areas

Authors: 

Kathy Ferrell, BS RN LNCC
Susan LaFollette, BSN RN CDMS LNCC CLCP CCM MSCC 
Kari Williamson, BSN RN LNCC CCM

Target Audience: RNs interested in learning more about legal nurse consulting.

Description/Purpose: The purpose of this activity is to increase the participant’s knowledge and role of the LNC in three employment settings: risk management in a healthcare facility, Workers’ Compensation and defense insurance company.

Objectives: 

  • Define terms related to Workers’ Compensation
  • Understand the disability classifications in Workers’ Compensation 
  • Explain the compensation provided whether injured worker covered under Federal or State workers’ compensation 
  • Compare the Federal workers’ compensation and State workers’ compensation systems 
  • Discuss the evaluations used in Workers’ Compensation cases
  • Examine the role of the LNC in Workers’ Compensation 
  • Explain the different types of defense clients, claims and coverage 
  • Define basic terms used in insurance defense 
  • Discuss the types of claims seen insurance defense 
  • Describe biomechanics of injury/mechanism of injury in evaluating falls and motor vehicle accident cases 
  • Explain damages pertaining to insurance defense 
  • Examine the role of the defense LNC in insurance work 
  • Describe the educational requirements for a LNC risk manger 
  • Compare the difference between federal mandates, state regulations and hospital standards 
  • Summarize the process involved in risk identification 
  • Discuss the impact of litigation on a healthcare organization

Continuing Education: The American Association of Legal Nurse Consultants Education Committee is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

Contact Hours: 3
Expiration Date: April 10, 2020

Successful Completion:

  • Complete individual module
  • Obtain a score of at least 80% on the module post-test
  • Complete the online course evaluation and attestation of completion

Conflict of Interest: The planners and faculty for this activity report no conflicts of interest.

Price: 

Member: $90
Non-member: $180


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