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.