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The American Association of Legal Nurse Consultants (AALNC) is a professional organization that was founded in 1989 to provide education, support, and certification for registered nurses practicing in the specialty of legal nurse consulting.
AALNC provides member nurses continuing education opportunities, professional development, and a forum for research and the exchange of information regarding legal nurse consulting. AALNC also helps legal nurse consultants stay up-to-date on the latest trends in medical-related litigation and medical-legal matters.
To qualify for certification from the Legal Nurse Consultant Certification (LNCC) program, candidates must be licensed registered nurses with a minimum of five years of experience practicing as an RN, complete 2,000 hours of legal nurse consulting, and pass the national certification examination. The certification exam covers a wide range of practice areas, including:
- medical malpractice
- personal injury
- long-term care litigation
- product liability
- toxic torts
- workers compensation
- risk management
- life care planning
- regulatory compliance
- Medicare set-asides
Legal nurse consultants who are certified by the AALNC have demonstrated the ability to:
- screen and investigate medical malpractice claims
- identify common defenses for negligence claims
- write summaries and reports that can be used as attorney work products
- analyze data in pertinent medical records, research, literature, etc. related to matters involving standards of care, causation, and/or damages.
Karen Fox, Founder, and President of MRN is a past president of the AALNC. She is also a past president of the Oregon Society for Healthcare Risk Management.