Job Titles: CEO/President of VP Medical Consulting; Nurse Case Manager; Nurse Life Care Planner; Medical Set Aside Allocator; Legal Nurse Consultant; Ergonomic Assessment Specialist
Years of Legal Nurse Consultant Experience: I have been working in some form of Legal Nurse Consulting since 2002. I began in the area of workers compensation and continue to work in the area of workers compensation as well as medical malpractice, personal injury, product liability and toxic tort. Through the years I added other services such as ergonomic assessments and safety training. Then, at the request of some of my referring attorneys, I have expanded my education into other areas such as life care planning. I currently hold five certifications.
Specialty Areas: I have a special interest in amputation, orthopedic and head injuries, and life care planning. I also have a background that includes dental and orthodontics as well as medical office work.
Career Highlight: My journey of self-employment has been the highlight of my career. It took guts to leave the comforts of a national company and all the perks and benefits to try something on my own. Best of all, I actually did it! It is the hardest job in the world, but also the most rewarding as everything I have done is because of the work I did and nothing more. What I get back is what I put in. I love what I do. All entrepreneurs should be passionate about their business.
Another career highlight has been working on a case from Australia. It has been very interesting to learn about the Australian legal system. The case is still pending and I am anxious to see the outcome and the twists and turns it takes to get there.
Practice Tip for Paralegals Working with LNCs: Paralegals are great! They make me look good! The paralegal knows just how the attorney prefers things which can be a great help for those of us in litigation support. The paralegal is usually the one on top of the cases.
If you are a paralegal and are stuck trying to locate an expert or to determine how to obtain a particular record or other such thing, my tip is to contact a legal nurse consultant such as myself. You never know…we might be able to help you too.
Favorite Internet Resource:
I have many, many favorite resources. Many resources are posted on my blog. You can go to the link (http://vp-medical.wordpress/
) and use the search box and simply search “resources” to find tons and more are added each week.
Fun Fact: I am a movie critic, avid reader (yea Kindle!), Twitter addict, and pretend photographer. My husband is an artist and the two of us love to travel. The furthest we have traveled is Misaw, Japan. My favorite trips are the spur of the moment kind. We have four children and four grandchildren along with two four-legged babies. I am a proud owner of a new motorcycle (Can Am Spyder) and have geek tendencies.