NHTI Graduates first class in Legal Nurse Consulting
NHTI, Concord’s Community College recently graduated its first class from the new Legal Nurse Consultant (LNC) Certificate Program. The college began offering the American Bar Association (ABA) approved program in the Fall of 2011, making it the first school in NH to offer such a program, which bridges the health care and legal fields.
“The Legal Nurse Consulting program responds to the growing complexity of the health care field and the need for health care providers to manage risk, compliance, malpractice, the regulatory environment, and other issues,” says Stacey Peters, head of the Paralegal Studies Department and the LNC program at NHTI. “LNCs play an increasing role in the growing field of health care law, finding work in hospital and clinical settings, in nursing homes, and with insurance agencies and law firms.”
With the growth and complexity of the health care field, LNCs have a favorable job outlook and command salaries starting at $72,600 annually, according to Careerbuilder.com.
LNCs serve in a variety of settings including hospitals and other health care facilities, insurance companies, law firms, medical malpractice and workers’ compensation organizations, and private LNC practices. Legal Nurse Consultants are experienced nursing professionals who can use their clinical expertise, plus training in the law, to provide critical and invaluable services to both the legal and healthcare professions. They bring health care experience to the legal process, and legal understanding to the medical professions. LNCs deal with a wide range of issues including risk management and compliance, case management, regulation, malpractice, and utilization review, as well as personnel and employment issues.
NHTI’s legal nurse consultant students – all registered nurses to begin with -- have been attending classes for the past 12 months, learning about the legal process, how to conduct legal research, and taking specialized courses on healthcare law, risk management and administrative law. Each student will have completed 19 credits hours of course work, including an internship in a setting where they are called upon to use their legal and nursing skills to provide services to clients.
For more about the LNC program and contact Stacey Peters at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at (603) 271-7104.