This article talks about nurses with whom we are all familiar. However this is a unique view of the career called Legal Nurse. It is a logical consequence with so many Lawyers handling medical cases that require well trained and experienced people with medical knowledge. Legal Nurses have become part of the litigation team.
Legal Nurses work for law firms, insurance companies and hospitals and often serve as expert witness in legal cases. To be a legal nurse, a 4 year degree in nursing is necessary and sometimes a graduate degree along with at least 3 years of experience in the nursing field. Sometimes certification as a nurse consultant and possibly some legal education is requested by employers.
Nurses who work for lawyers need to read medical records, do forensic medical consulting and investigation, and help colleagues who need to understand the medical significance of an illness in light of the cases being represented. Legal nurses can also do medical research and screen cases to determine if they are worth accepting. Legal nurses need to have excellent communication skills to convey medical information. Knowledge of medical terminology and the ability to make fine distinctions in health care are important in this position.
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