LNCtips.com: In-House Legal Nurse Consultants
In-house Legal Nurse Consultants are employed full or part-time by a single employer in a variety of settings. Unlike expert LNCs, they never testify. Unlike independent LNCs, they never need to market their services. In-house Legal Nurse Consultants are considered a part of the work team and they assist attorneys in a variety of ways and settings. To learn more about types of in-house LNC positions, click here.
Pros and Cons of Working In-House
Is an in-house LNC position right for you? Benefits of working as an in-house Legal Nurse Consultant vary depending on the setting but typically include:
A regular paycheck.
Flexibility to set own hours due to salaried position.
Benefits comparable to or better than hospitals.
More holidays off compared to hospitals due to court closings for state and federal holidays.
Bonuses for some in-house settings (such as law firms and corporate risk management.)
Regular Monday through Friday daytime work
No expectations for call/extra duty (such as hurricane duty for those in hurricane-prone areas.)
Drawbacks of working as an in-house Legal Nurse Consultant include:
There are far fewer in-house LNC positions than there are RN positions in general.
Salaried positions do not qualify for overtime.
Not as much flexibility with hours as an independent LNC position.
Less money than a high-producing independent LNC.
Five day work week compared to three 12 hours shifts for some hospital RN
To read more about traits required for in-house LNCs, click on Desirable Traits.