What is an LNC?

Frequently Asked Questions

As the gold standard in legal nurse consulting, AALNC receives questions everyday on legal nurse consulting. Utilize the buttons below to explore top questions that we receive. If your question isn’t on this page, contact AALNC Headquarters at info@aalnc.org or by phone at 877.402.2562.

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Legal Nurse Consulting

How do I get started as an LNC?

The easiest way to get started as an LNC is began learning the skills and tools necessary to practice legal nurse consulting. Consider flipping through The Journal of Legal Nurse Consulting, trying a module of the AALNC Legal Nurse Consulting Professional Course or trying a free online webinar to start to better understand the skills necessary to be an LNC.

Do I need to be certified to be a practicing LNC?

No; there is no certification required to be a practicing LNC, but if you do want to become certified after you have experience under your belt, learn more about obtaining the LNCC® credential.

How much does an LNC make?

It is difficult to determine one salary for an LNC due to the wide variance of hourly rates. It depends on which state the client lives in, the types of records you would be reviewing, the subject matter of the review, and the complexity of the report requested. The number of hours budgeted and what the attorney is willing to pay is also important.

You may have to test the waters with a rate and see what the reaction is, based on all of the above. See if you can get in touch with other LNC's in your area to ask them what their rates are.

Certification vs. Certificate

What is the LNCC®?

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. Learn more about becoming an LNCC® here.

How do I become an LNCC®?

The LNCC® has an examination process and practice requirements in order to obtain the certification. Click here to learn more about the process.

What is the difference between a certification and a certificate?

A certification is an earned credential that demonstrates the holder’s specialized knowledge, skills, and experience, while a certificate is typically an educational offering that confers a document at the program’s conclusion. The LNCC® is the only legal nurse consulting credential accredited by the American Board for Specialty Nursing Certification (ABSNC). To learn more about certification versus a certificate, click here.

Education

What kind of educational resources are best suited for someone beginning their LNC career?

AALNC offers a variety of resources for someone starting out as an LNC. Consider utilizing the following tools to begin your LNC career:

What kind of educational resources are best suited for an experienced LNC?

AALNC offers a variety of resources for someone who is ready to expand their career as an LNC. Consider utilizing the following tools to grow your LNC business:

Events and Networking

Are there any local groups that I can join to learn more about legal nurse consulting?

AALNC has a nationwide network of more than 2,000 members and 13 local chapters. To search for upcoming chapter events in your area, click here.

How can I network with other LNCs beyond my local chapter?

There are many ways you can network with other LNC's involved in AALNC beyond your local chapter. Our biggest networking opportunity is the annual forum, which is April 2017 in Portland, Oregon. The Forum changes its location every year to ensure LNC's from all over the country have access. It is a great way to meet other LNCs.

You can also participate in professional networking via a free subscription to LinkedIn. Our AALNC group on LinkedIn has 6,540 members and there are frequently public discussions between LNCs looking for nurses in certain areas or specialties.

Does AALNC have a mentorship program?

AALNC does not currently have an established mentorship program. If you have specific questions on being an LNC, feel free to contact the Director at Large for your state, listed below:

Marjorie Berg Pugatch, RN MA EMT-B LNCC
516.316.4206
mbp01@optonline.net

Alaska, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Kentucky, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Vermont, Virginia

Erin Gollogly, BSN RN
410.905.2399
erin@snsmedreview.com

Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Maryland, Minnesota, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, West Virginia, Wisconsin

Mary Flanagan, BSN RN CNOR LNCC

847.853.8933
flanaganlegal@att.net

Arizona, California, Illinois, Ohio, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington, Wyoming

Does AALNC host in-person events for LNCs?

In addition to local chapter events, AALNC hosts the AALNC Annual Forum each spring, where current and aspiring LNCs gather to network and learn together. Click here to learn about the AALNC Annual Forum.

Do I have to be a member of AALNC to attend the AALNC Annual Forum?

No! You do not have to be a member of AALNC to attend the AALNC Annual Forum.

AALNC Membership

Why should I join AALNC?

AALNC is the gold standard in legal nurse consulting and becoming an AALNC member allows you to broaden your professional network, build connections to a community of legal nurse consultants and legal nurse experts, and grow your knowledge and skillset as a LNC. Learn more about the benefits of becoming an AALNC member here.

How does AALNC membership benefit my career as an LNC?

As an AALNC member, you'll have access to a wide-range of networkingeducation and online resources that will help you grow as an LNC. Additionally, you'll receive discounted pricing to attend the AALNC Annual Forum.

I’m interested in beginning my career as a legal nurse consultant, but I have questions. Who can I ask?

You can ask AALNC! We're happy to assist in answering any questions you may have about legal nurse consulting throughout your career as an LNC. Simply contact AALNC Headquarters at info@aalnc.org or by phone at 877.402.2562.

Attorneys

Why should I hire an LNC?

Attorneys hire LNCs for a multitude of reasons, including the LNC’s experience, resourcefulness and knowledge. LNCs offer attorneys use their extensive knowledge of healthcare standards to identify strengths and weaknesses of cases. Learn more about why you should hire an LNC here.

What should I look for when hiring a LNC?

Before hiring an LNC, you should consider their experience, education, professionalism, and involvement with the LNC community. To learn more about hiring a LNC, click here.

How do I find an LNC?

Utilize the AALNC LNC Locator® to find local LNCs in your area.

What do others say about their experience with a LNC?

To read attorney testimonials on the value of an LNC, click here.