A nurse paralegal is someone who works on health care law matters under the supervision of licensed attorneys in a law-related setting. What separates nurse paralegals from other kinds of paralegals is that nurse paralegals are licensed or registered nurses as well as legal professionals. This means they bring special nursing and health care expertise to the work they do in a legal context. Nurse paralegals do not practice law, as they are not licensed attorneys, but they help in many aspects of health care matters, including healthcare lawsuits involving the standard of care and medical protocols. Nurse paralegals are sometimes called nurse legal assistants. Nurse paralegals play an important role in assisting in all matters at the intersection of nursing, health care and the law.
Here are a few sample nurse paralegal job descriptions:
Paralegal - Nurse Paralegal
The candidate will review medical records, interview expert witnesses. Must have excellent academic credentials.
The candidate will be reviewing medical records and reporting on same (skills include identification and summarization of the medical treatment rendered, complaints, injuries, identification of missing records/additional records needed) all on a time-sensitive and confidential basis. Must have medical records experience for a long term project.
The candidate duties include organization and management of medical records, analysis of medical records, assisting in preparation of and responses to discovery requests, analysis of medical literature, expert research, and assisting in preparation for trial. Should have Nursing background and/or experience in risk/claims management.
Duties: Performs a variety of complex duties with limited supervision. Supports attorneys with medical-related litigation with an emphasis on insurance defense. Support legal team by requesting, analyzing and summarizing medical records Conduct medical journal research via Internet or through local libraries. Abstract medical records, organize and prepare both outline and narrative summaries of the records for internal use and for presentation to the client. Analyze medical records and billings to evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of the medical evidence including pre-existing or co-existing medical conditions. Prepare case analysis. Identify issues, omissions and discrepancies. Identify and provide information regarding medical experts and physicians; coordinate medical expert deposition preparation. Assist attorneys with medical evidence preparation and organization for hearing or trial. Compose and type document production including case analysis memoranda for attorneys, outline and narrative summaries, and chronologies of medical records, correspondence, and reports. Compile data for exhibits. Performs other duties as assigned.
Requirements: Bachelor of Science in Nursing from an accredited School of Nursing. Paralegal Certification a plus. 1-5 years of experience in clinical practice. Experience in a law firm or legal department is a plus. Proficient understanding and utilization of medical terminology, anatomical drawings, laboratory tests, and medications. Possess thorough understanding of medical condition to explain or illustrate a diagnosis. Has full understanding HIPPA compliance. Understands and complies with all other related regulatory mandates.
Nurse Paralegal/Medical Malpractice Case Investigator
The candidate will work hand and glove from intake to trial on medical malpractice cases. Must have significant experience specifically with medical malpractice cases in Florida, including (1) intake, (2) obtaining, summarizing and issue spotting medical records, (3) dealing with experts, (4) presuit process, (5) mediation, (6) discovery and (7) trial.
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