201 Careers in NursingIn this weekly feature, the editors of SpringBoard highlight one career in the health care professions–including a basic description, educational requirements, core competencies/key skills needed, and related web sites and professional organizations where you can find more information!

BASIC DESCRIPTION
Nurse attorneys engage in a range of legal activities including the following:

  • Provide legal consult/prosecute/defend cases; may represent individuals, patients, health professionals, or institutions
  • Provide depositions and court testimony
  • Engage in legal research
  • Define standards of care
  • Serve as quality-of-care experts for hospitals and other health care institutions
  • Review cases
  • Define applicable standards of care
  • Organize records
  • Research the literature
  • Provide behind-the-scenes or up-front consultations
  • Interview clients and witnesses
  • Prepare exhibits
  • Prepare questions for depositions and court

EDUCATIONAL REQUIREMENTS
Registered nurse preparation and Juris Doctor degree are required.

CORE COMPETENCIES/SKILLS NEEDED

  • Logical thinking skills
  • Knowledge of judicial system and health care legislation

RELATED WEB SITES AND PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS

 

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