The Legal Nurse Consulting program is designed for the Registered Nurse (RN) interested in learning how to apply their nursing acumen for analysis of health care issues and their related outcome for the legal profession or other health care organizations.
This virtual (live, online) program is offered via Zoom* and taught by a diverse group of RNs with experience consulting in the areas in in which they teach. An active US RN License is required for admission to this program and will be requested for submittal during the registration process. A certificate of completion will be awarded upon meeting program requirements.
*Zoom sessions are not recorded
This program is a live, online (virtual) instructor-led program via Zoom.
|Module 1: Introduction to Legal Nurse Consulting and LNCs in Risk Management
Friday, 3/24/2023 (9:00 A.M. - 4:00 P.M. EST)
|Module 2: Legal Theory and Fundamentals
Friday, 3/31/2023 (9:00 A.M. - 4:00 P.M. EST)
|Module 5B: Forensic Nursing*
Friday, 4/7/2023 (9:00 A.M. - 4:00 P.M. EST)
*Note out of sequence module order is intentional
|Module 3: Case Analysis for Long Term Care and Medical Malpractice
Friday, 4/14/2023 (9:00 A.M. - 4:00 P.M. EST)
|Module 4: Case Analysis for Personal Injury and Worker's Compensation
Friday, 4/21/2023 (9:00 A.M. - 4:00 P.M. EST)
|Module 5A: LNC Role in Discovery: Trial Preparation
Friday, 4/28/2023 (9:00 A.M. - 4:00 P.M. EST)
|Module 6: Business Principles
Friday, 5/5/2023 (9:00 A.M. - 4:00 P.M. EST)
Continuing Studies reserves the right to change dates and/or instructors or cancel program should situation warrant.
There are no courses open for enrollment at this time.
Admission is discretionary. Duke Continuing Studies-Professional Certificate Programs- requires students be a least 18 years of age and meet minimum suitability standards. Students are not matriculated Duke University students and university student privileges do not apply to Continuing Studies students.
Duke Continuing Studies reserves the exclusive right, at its sole and absolute discretion, to withhold registration or require withdrawal from the program of any student or applicant.
*RN license must be a valid US state or multi-state license. International licenses do not qualify.
**Please note that the qualifications for our program differ from the qualifications necessary to apply for the LNCC examination.
In order to register, you will need to provide proof of an active RN license. Please have your license number and expiration date available when you register.
Students will be evaluated by a number of different criteria, including participation, examination, and assignment completion. Successful completion of the program will be based on the instructor’s decision that student has met all criteria and learner objectives. Upon successful completion of the program, each student will be awarded a certificate of completion in Legal Nurse Consulting from the Duke University Office of Continuing Studies.*
*The certificate is noncredit and does not apply toward a degree.
Students may not miss more than 8 hours of instruction.
Technical recommendations for participation in online synchronous version:
We do not recommend using mobile devices for this program. Please ensure you have a Windows or Mac based computer available to participate in the event your selected mobile device does not meet the needs of the course.
Use of personal email as opposed to a business email is required to ensure class communications can be received and access to material via external links can occur without security issues.
Registration opens January 10
Registration closes March 17, 2023 or until enrollment maximum is met -whichever occurs first.
Fridays, March 24-May 5
Time: 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. ES
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Why has Duke Continuing Studies chosen to offer this program?
This program was created in response to the growing number of requests we received from nurses interested in the Legal Nurse Consulting field. The objective of this seven-session overview program is to acquaint the registered nurse (RN) with the analysis of health care issues and their related outcomes for the legal profession or other health care organizations in a variety of settings.
Upon completion of the Duke LNC program will I be certified?
No. You will not be “certified” as a legal nurse consultant upon completion of the Duke program. You will receive a completion “certificate” acknowledging that you have met the educational requirements of the program.
How do I pursue certification? Who offers the exam?
Certification is a process of standardization by a governing board/agency, which requires that certain criteria be met. Certification as a Legal Nurse Consultant is offered through the American Association of Legal Nurse Consultants (AALNC) and administered by the American Legal Nurse Consultant Certification Board. The certification allows those who pass the exam to use the LNCC (Legal Nurse Consultant Certified) designation. The LNCC is the only certification in legal nurse consulting accredited by the American Board of Nursing Specialties and recognized by the AALNC and American Nurses Association (ANA).
To qualify for the certification examination one must have at least 2000 hours of billable work as a LNC in the prior (3) years and (5) years of experience as a registered nurse. For more information and to apply for the examination please visit: http://www.aalnc.org/
Do I have to take the Duke program in order to apply for the certification exam offered by AALNC?
No, it is not mandatory for you to complete the Duke program or any other LNC education program in order to qualify for the AALNC exam. However, the material covered in the Duke program will help to prepare individuals who seek to apply for the exam.
What will the certificate qualify me to do?
The primary purpose of the Duke Legal Nurse Consulting Certificate is to give registered nurses the tools necessary to work as independent consultants. While some LNCs may work in-house for law firms, insurance companies, healthcare institutions, private industry, or a variety of other organizations, many will work, or at least begin working, as independent consultants. In order to work as an independent consultant, students will need to acquire a specific set of skills, which we cover in our final module: Business Principles. In this module, the instructor will cover topics including developing a business plan, setting up a consulting practice, marketing, tracking billable hours, etc.
The specific work of an LNC will depend on the employer, but may include reviewing and analyzing medical records for litigation purposes, conducting interviews with legal clients and witnesses, assisting attorneys in preparing evidence, exhibits, or arguments in a medical case, assessing risk management, analyzing and providing feedback on product liability, evaluating worker’s compensation cases, assisting in conducting healthcare licensure investigations, and providing support in other matters that are or could become a legal issue.
This course offers an education completion certificate; however, to be certified as an LNC you must meet the requirements set by the AALNC. Though it is not required that a person be certified in order to practice as a legal nurse consultant, certification verifies experience and evaluated knowledge.
How much do legal nurse consultants get paid?
Legal nurse consultants who work as independent consultants are typically paid on an hourly basis. LNCs who work in law firms, insurance companies, and other institutions are typically paid a salary. Compensation, as in any profession, varies with scope of responsibility, level of experience, and geographic area, among other factors. (from the AALNC website)
As an RN, can I apply for the Duke program regardless of whether or not I intend to become certified?
Yes, any active RN in the U.S. and its territories may enroll in this program regardless of whether or not they intend to become certified.
Which textbook will be used during the program?
Purchase of textbook is not required to participate or to succeed in this program. However, not only will this book(s) serve as a good resource for your own future knowledge, some instructors may recommend readings in association with their module topic.
Should you decide to purchase it is recommended to either purchase Legal Nurse Consulting Principles and Practices, 3rd edition (2 volumes) or 4th edition (condensed to one edition). You may order books through the AALNC or Amazon.
Is this program affiliated with the Duke University Medical Center?
This program is not affiliated with the Duke University Medical Center. Duke University Continuing Studies (DCS) offers a wide variety of career-enhancing certificate programs geared toward the particular needs of working professionals. Certificate programs such as the LNC program are often co-sponsored with industry experts to provide education focused on applicability to real world issues and solutions.
Can any of the courses in the program be applied to another degree?
No. This program is a non-credit certificate program and is not applicable to a degree unless the institution being applied to is willing to extend credit to the applicant for contact hours.
Does Duke offer employment assistance to its graduates?
Students are responsible for securing their own employment upon completion of the program. During the program students will take a module, which will cover the business side of the LNC profession, including setting up your practice, creating a business plan, marketing and interviewing, etc.
How does this program differ from a Nurse Paralegal Certificate Program?
As licensed registered nurses, legal nurse consultants bring specialized healthcare education and clinical experience to the medically related issues of the litigation process. This education and experience distinguishes legal nurse consultants from paralegals and legal assistants and provides the foundation for the legal nurse consultant's ability to recognize, interpret and analyze all relevant medically related information in a claim or case. (from the AALNC website)
Nancy Barham is a LNC for Smith Anderson law firm in Raleigh, North Carolina and she concentrates in the area of medical malpractice defense litigation where she assists the attorneys in medical record review, medical research, witness preparation, and trial. Ms. Barham also works in the areas of personal injury litigation, general liability defense, and products liability. She has over 20 years of experience in legal nurse consulting. Before joining Smith Anderson, Ms. Barham worked as a nurse in various capacities, including assistant clinical manager in the Emergency Department at Rex Healthcare, Head Nurse at North Carolina State University Student Health Service, EMT instructor through Wake Technical Community College, and preceptor for the Wake County Paramedic Program. Ms. Barham is a past MICN, an ACLS instructor, PALS instructor, and Certified Emergency Room Nurse.
Ms. Barham has served as an instructor on faculty at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill as well as serving as a faculty member for seminar presentations in the areas of risk management documentation, and legal aspects of nursing for healthcare providers. Ms. Barham is a former president for the Eastern North Carolina Chapter of the American Association of Legal Nurse Consultants. She is one of the founding instructors for the Duke LNC certificate program and the online program since its inception in 2009.
Ms. Brock has over 30 years of experience as a nurse and is an independent legal nurse consultant with over ten years of experience. She received her MSN from Indiana Wesleyan University. Her clinical experience includes work in ICU, Cardiovascular ICU, and Cardiac Care Units. She also has experience as an Assistant Nurse Manager. In addition to working as an LNC, she serves as a life care planner and is a clinical adjunct professor at Daytona State College. She has authored a number of publications and presentations and is a true believer in lifelong learning.
Ms. Brock’s independent LNC business provides services to both plaintiff and defense attorneys, including but not limited to case review and screening, chronologies, case reports, identifying expert witnesses, and record organization. Her areas of practice include medical malpractice, nursing home litigation, life care planning, worker’s compensation, and personal injury among others.
Ms. Cook brings over 30 years of passion and rich experiences as a health care risk manager. Currently, she is the Director of the Office of Risk Management at the Brody School of Medicine @ East Carolina University. In this role, she directs a comprehensive risk program with the goal of identifying and mitigating risks to individual patients and families, providers and staff, and the institution that will promote patient safety. She administers the commercially purchased professional liability insurance program, which includes active participation in claims management. Prior to 2005, she was Director of Risk Management and Patient Safety at Kaiser Permanente, North East Bay Service Area in Northern California for 9 years. Prior to Kaiser Permanente, she was a regional risk manager for The Doctors’ Company, a professional liability insurance company in Napa, California. She also brings field experience in the areas of medical staff affairs, quality management and performance improvement, and utilization management. Her clinical background as a surgical critical care nurse in major academic centers and nursing administrator in the United States Air Force was the springboard for transitioning to health care risk management. She retired from the United States Air Force Reserves with the rank of Colonel and received two Meritorious Service Medals and two Air Force Commendation Medals.
Ms. Cook holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina and a Master of Science in Healthcare Risk Management from Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science in Chicago, Illinois. She is a past Certified Critical Care Nurse and Certified Professional in Healthcare Quality. She has been a Certified Professional in Healthcare Risk Management since December 2001.
Ms. Cox has 39 years of nursing experience. She earned her BSN and MSN at East Carolina University. She has worked in ICU/CCU, Med Surg, OB-GYN, and labor and delivery. She also has mid-level management experience and 19 years of experience as a childbirth educator. For the past 17 years, she has worked as a Certified Nurse Midwife and does so currently at the Crist Clinic for Women in Jacksonville, North Carolina. In addition, Ms. Cox serves on the clinical faculty at UNCW School of Nursing.
Ms. Cox has been working as an independent legal nurse since 2006 and is a Certified Legal Nurse Consultant. She has experience in setting up her own LNC business as well as marketing, billing, sub-contracting, and networking.
Stephaney Edwards is an independent legal nurse consultant for her private consulting firm- SELNA Consulting, LLC. For over seven years, her practice has served attorneys and firms nation-wide. Stephaney’s work is concentrated in personal injury and medical malpractice, but she oversees a team of legal nurses who specialize in an array of nursing specialties. This allows her firm to serve clients throughout the litigation process, pre and post, as well as provide support in other areas such as worker’s compensation, general liability defense, and tort review to name a few. She also has experience in the start-up of LNC businesses, currently teaching nurses how to start, run, and scale their very own independent LNC practice.
Prior to becoming a legal nurse, Stephaney has worked in healthcare with a primary focus in critical care and trauma. Stephaney has also served as a director over multiple departments across different facilities, specializing in neurosurgery, stroke, wound care, and hyperbarics. Ms. Edwards holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Florida, and has been a Certified Wound and Continence Care Nurse since 2014.
Ms. Flowers has worked with both UNC School of Nursing and Duke Continuing Studies in planning as well as presenting CE topics for the past 8 years. She specializes in forensic and legal nursing, particularly pertaining to child abuse and neglect. She has nearly 20 years of experience in Emergency Nursing with 13 years in Forensic/Sexual Assault Nursing. She has administrative and clinical practice in child abuse and neglect with the NC Child Medical Evaluation Program as well as the UNC Health Care Beacon Child Protection Team. Ms. Flowers has also developed and presented many programs relating to forensic nursing.
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