A nurse paralegal is interested in all medical aspects of the law. They will earn the same salary as nurses as a rule. It is a great way to make a career change but not let their medical knowledge go to waste.
Lawyers have a great education in law, but there are no medical courses in law school. Those who are involved in civil cases or medical malpractice/wrongful death and the like, need someone to translate the medical records of their client. By achieving paralegal status the nurse will be able to gather the necessary information from the medical records that will benefit the legal case.
A nurse paralegal can be of great benefit to other nurses as well. They can use their combined expertise to advise other nurses as to their liabilities. Nurse consultants can help people plan their living wills, medical directives as well as other areas of the legal aspects of medicine.
Nurse paralegals can draft pleadings, conduct research and help an attorney understand many medical issues. These are tasks that someone without paralegal training would not be able to do. The paralegal training can also aid you to step into consulting.
Legal nurse consultants will earn a lot more than a nurse paralegal. Their will generally earn $75-100 per hour for their consulting. If they act as expert witnesses the pay is in the $150/hour range. This salary base applies to those consultants who establish independent practices. Those who work within a law firm will earn about the same as a nurse.
Nursing presents you with a huge variety of choices. Nurse consultants, paralegals, patient advocates are all there for you. These choices are wonderful for the later years of your career. It is always best to acquire a considerable base of various experiences before you branch out into another related area.