The American Association of Legal Nurse Consultants (AALNC) is a professional organization that was founded in 1989 to provide education, support, and certification for legal nurse consultants.
The AALNC provides a forum for research and the exchange of information, and also helps legal nurse consultants stay up on the latest trends in medical litigation.
To qualify for certification from the American Legal Nurse Consultant Certification Board (LNCC), a nurse has to complete 2,000 hours of legal nurse consulting. The exam covers a wide range of areas that legal nurse consultant might cover, including:
- medical malpractice
- personal injury
- long term care litigation
- product liability
- toxic tort
- workers compensation
- risk management
- life care planning
- regulatory compliance
- Medicare set-asides for Workers Comp
Legal nurse consultants who are certified by the LNCC have demonstrated the ability to:
- collect and investigate healthcare records
- analyze data in medical records
- perform research using laws, guidelines, standards, and literature
- write summaries and reports that can be used as attorney work products
Karen Fox, Owner and President of Medical Resource Network, is a past president of the AALNC. She is also a past president of the Oregon Society for Healthcare Risk Management.