This exciting program prepares registered nurses and physician’s assistants for a career in the legal field as legal nurse consultants. Building on the medical education and clinical experience of RNs and PAs, this course provides the RN and PA with fundamental skills necessary to advise law firms, health care providers, insurance companies, and governmental agencies regarding medically-related issues and to appear in court as expert witnesses. The curriculum of this course is designed to comply with the educational guidelines specified by the American Association of Legal Nurse Consultants. Successful graduates will be awarded a Certificate of Course Completion from the university through which they are registered.
This seven-week, 42-hour course will provide a comprehensive analysis of the principles and practices of legal nurse consulting (LNC), with an emphasis on law and expert witness testimony. The course content will also provide a systematic review for those preparing to take the Legal Nurse Consultant Certified (LNCC) examination. While most of the main subject matter will pertain to legal nursing standards, professionals in other health care disciplines (pharmacy, physical therapy, physician assistants, etc.) may gain increased skills and knowledge of the medical-legal system to enhance their roles as service providers and functions as expert witnesses, but participants without an RN background might not be able to take the LNCC exam after graduation. For more information about the LNCC exam, please contact the American Association of Legal Nurse Consultants at 877-402-2562.
Students must attend at least 80% of the course, pass every assignment with a 70% or better and complete the course evaluation at the conclusion of the course. This is an accelerated course. You will be expected to spend an average of about 10 hours per week reading and completing assignments. Please note that extensions will not be granted for this course. This course is the equivalent of 42 clock hours of study. 70% is the minimum passing score on all tests and assignments for this course.
Attend and You Will Receive
Successful graduates will be awarded a Certificate of Course Completion from NC State University.
Attend and You Will Learn / Expected Outcome
Attend and You Will Learn
- Define the role of a legal nurse consultant and explain history and evolution of the profession.
- Describe 2 major systems of law, the 3 types of law, and the 4 sources of law.
- Review the law of Intentional and Unintentional Torts.
- Identify liability concerns of healthcare providers.
- Analyze the role of the LNC before the trial begins.
- Review the methods of obtaining medical records and other evidence that is governed by the Rules of Evidence.
- Identify and review the legal documents used to obtain evidence.
- Explain informed consent, treatments decisions, and review the liability concerns of health care providers in each.
- Discuss criminal law and complex litigation scenarios.
- Discuss the history of the Specialty of Legal Nurse Consulting.
- Discuss the skills needed for entry into special practice.
- Professionalism and Ethics: discuss the standards of practice and performance expected of an LNC.
- Identify the 5 responsibilities of a LNC in the litigation process.
- Examine the role of the LNC in evaluating Toxic Tort and Criminal Cases.
- The damages stage of litigation: Identify the 4 types of damages available and discuss the factors that determine their application to the case.
- Recall the evaluation steps taken by the LNC in a professional negligence case.
- Identify and discuss the 3 different forms of Alternative Dispute Resolution.
- Discuss the LNC’s role in the Law Firm.
- Discuss the issues presented to LNCs in the insurance industry.
- Discuss the issues presented to LNCs in private practice areas.
- Discuss the issues presented to LNCs in Government Service.
- Discuss the issues presented to LNCs in Risk Management.
- Medical record analysis: discuss the protocol LNCs should follow when receiving medical records.
- Legal Writing: Review the writing techniques that will captivate your target audience.
- Discuss the literature research process and the methods of research.
- Discuss the advantages and challenges of working as an independent LNC.
Course Goals Include:
- Increase knowledge of legal terminology, medical malpractice, and the evolving legal system.
- Demonstrate the knowledge of professional skills necessary to enhance one’s medical legal consulting role.
- Identify new arenas for expanding one’s interests and skills for professional mobility and growth
- Consider and contrast working as a full-time, part-time, or freelance legal nurse consultant.
Notes / Additional Information
For each lesson you will submit a 100-point exam covering the topics in that lesson’s reading. These exams are due before 8:00 p.m. each Tuesday.
Bulletin Board Assignments:
For each lesson you will also submit your responses to a reflection assignment. These assignments are referred to as Bulletin Board Submissions and will be submitted by either selecting Bulletin Board Submission from within the lesson material, or by selecting ‘Forums’ under Activities in the course.
All weekly objectives, assignments, and tests can be found in the Lesson Materials.
Additional resources are available by accessing the URL Library tool.
Your grade will be based on your completion of six tests and six Bulletin Board Submissions. The tests can be accessed from within the lesson material, or by selecting ‘Assignments’ under Activities. Throughout the course, you will use the Bulletin Board tool to respond to reflection assignments which will enhance your understanding of the reading material.
Your final grade will be figured as follows:
- The six exams are 100 points each and comprise 80% of your grade.
- The six bulletin board assignments are 10 points each and comprise 20% of your grade.
NOTE: Students must receive a 70% or better on every assignment to receive a certificate.
Required textbooks for this course:
Legal Nurse Consulting: Principles and Practices, 4th edition, edited by Julie Dickinson and Anne Meyer (2020). New York: CRC Press.
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