Thousands of RNs have made their dream of owning their own business and earning more money come true. You can do the same for yourself. First, give yourself permission to figure out what your career dream is, find out what it's going to take to do it and then put your heart and mind into making it happen. As nurses, most of us have brought patients back to life. We heal sick patients and handle emergencies smoothly. Always remember, we're nurses. We can do anything! Put your career dreams into action and experience the magical results!
See the change you want to be.
Put nursing, law and business together and what do you get? The exciting field of legal nurse consulting! The field has grown more prominent in the last 10 to 15 years as more nurses have gone into full-time private practice and demand for their services has risen.
To be a legal nurse consultant takes...
Legal nurse consultants who have earned an RN will charge anywhere from $75 to $150, depending on the consultant and their experience. Compared to what physicians usually charge – often $400 an hour – nurse consultants have become a cost-effective solution to getting cases analyzed prior to trial. Of the approximately 900,000 attorneys in practice today, 25 percent deal with medical malpractice and personal injury cases. Sheer numbers indicate the growing need for specialized legal nurse consultants.
The ones who make their career dreams come true are the nurses who put action to their dreams. A vision without action is nothing more than a hallucination.
From the most basic medical terminology to the hottest new treatments and procedures, most lawyers are simply in the dark. A legal nurse consultant with even a few years of on-the-job nursing experience can shed a tremendous amount of light on the medical-related cases, making the attorney's life easier and creating a steady demand for LNC services.
The increasing number of lawsuits related to injury and health care has fueled demand for such consultants to help lawyers interpret most anything from medical charts to health insurance claims. And more nurses, unhappy with their profession under managed care, are looking to make a career change....legal nurse consultants earn $60-$150 an hour compared with $18 an hour for a typical paralegal.
The rise in medical-related lawsuits is prompting many nurses in all practice areas to head down a different career path – legal nurse consulting. Legal nurse consulting also offers an option to nurses who are no longer able to practice traditional nursing.
On average, a nurse working at a hospital makes $40,000 annually, according to the American Nursing Association, while legal nurse consultants can make $200,000 a year or more if they consult full time. Legal nurse consultants who subcontract work to researchers and experts can make even more – $400,000 a year for an established nurse consulting firm is not unheard-of.
I've known independent consultants who have earned $60,000 per year, and met quite a few legal nurse consultants who have earned in the six figures and one or two in the seven-figure range. Legal nurse consultants enjoy the independence and autonomy that come from working as a consultant and owning a business.
I think the best thing we can do for our profession is to believe in ourselves and in each other. Whatever career path a nurse chooses, to me, it should be for the right reason – coming from a place of passion. You do it because it's something you really believe in and not because you're tired of working weekends or holidays, or you're burned out.
Vickie Milazzo crossed nursing with the law and created a new profession. Now she trains scores of legal nurse consultants.
Legal nurse consulting is a lucrative way to use your nursing education and expertise while enjoying true career satisfaction. Don't let fear stop you from making a career move....avoid giving fear your power – imagine yourself as the hospital's waiter and housekeeper at age 65, and you'll stop the fear process in its tracks.
Vickie Milazzo Seven-Time Sponsor for Houston Role Models – to Be Honored, May 22, 2013
The founder and CEO of Vickie Milazzo Institute will sponsor the 7th Annual HER Evolving Eve Award for the seventh consecutive year. Hosted by Houston Woman Magazine, the event recognizes eight Houston women who are role models.
Given to a woman who has accomplished a significant, positive change in her life, the 2013 Evolving Eve Award will be presented to Angelique Bartholomew. With sponsor Milazzo, Bartholomew will be acknowledged at a luncheon on May 22 at the La Colombe d’Or Mansion Grand Salon in Houston.
Success Magazine Focused on Vickie's Feel-Good Addictions and How to Find More Time for Success
Deborah Huso from Success Magazine interviewed Vickie about the tasks she calls feel-good addictions.
In her latest book, The New York Times bestseller Wicked Success Is Inside Every Woman, Vickie talks about how easy it is to get caught up in these addictions while delaying work on the big projects that actually advance careers and goals. Vickie says. “It feels good to empty your inbox, but you’re not going to get a promotion for it.”
“Always work on something big,” Vickie advises Success Magazine readers. “Usually, it’s the big stuff that gives us long-term success and fuels our passion. The to-do list will never disappear, so make progress on what matters most.”
This is just one of the strategies in her book, already in its second printing, that women can put to use immediately to reach their career dreams.
Click here to read the interview, “Step Away from the Blackberry: Vickie Milazzo Helps You Stay Focused on the Big Picture”.
Vickie's 5 Promises Go Nationwide on FOX & Friends
Vickie appeared live on the national television program FOX & Friends. Broadcast to more than 100 million people, Fox News is the most-watched cable news channel.
Vickie discussed her New York Times bestselling book Wicked Success Is Inside Every Woman with Alisyn Camerota, who has interviewed newsmakers such as President George H.W. Bush and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Vickie outlined the 5 Promises that women can use immediately to succeed in these wicked, uncertain times, the same promises that Vickie has made to herself every day for the last 30 years:
Promise 1: I will live a passionate life.
The Sunday morning, November 20, 2011 appearance, "Secrets to 'Wicked Success" was posted online following the live interview.
Vickie L. Milazzo Participates at the Second Annual Women’s Employment Summit
American Intercontinental University hosted a panel discussion on April 7, 2011, where local CEOs and business owners took questions from an engaged audience of students from all disciplines. Vickie L. Milazzo, founder and CEO of Vickie Milazzo Institute, joined Sue Burnett, founder and president of Burnett Staffing Specialists, Jeannie Bollinger, president and CEO of the Houston West Chamber of Commerce, and several other key business leaders in a presentation that covered the personal as well as the practical aspects of sustaining a business during a recession. The panelists first addressed the topic "Is the Recession Actually Over and How Has It Affected Middle Class America?", then took questions from the audience.
“I was thrilled to participate in this event because I love working with young people,” said Milazzo, who started her multimillion dollar company 29 years ago with $100 in her bank account. “It’s so important to encourage their optimism and enthusiasm for their dreams, while at the same time offer a dose of reality about what it takes to be successful.”
Milazzo encouraged the audience not to be discouraged by challenging economic conditions. “Now is the time to start a business”, she said, noting that the economic recoveries are usually fueled primarily by the growth of small businesses.
Featured on KHOU’s Great Day, the Women’s Employment Summit is an annual event hosted by AIU in Houston.
Vickie Milazzo Institute Adds New Peer-Reviewed CLNC® Products for VIPs
Vickie Milazzo Institute just released 16 new Advanced CLNC® Practice-Building Programs exclusively for all VIPs of the CLNC® Certification Program. These powerful new resources from Milazzo and the most successful CLNC® Pros in the country cover everything from business management to marketing to case evaluation (see complete list of topics below).
Milazzo instills the importance of being a student for life to all of her CLNC® students and graduates and spends a significant amount of resources developing quality peer-reviewed continuing education for Certified Legal Nurse Consultants. Milazzo says, “It’s my responsibility to make sure that RNs who have achieved the CLNC® Certification have the most up-to-date and accurate information in the industry.”
Vickie Milazzo Institute provides new products free each year to VIP CLNC® consultants as long as they remain certified. VIPs can access these 16 new audio programs plus 80 more when they go online in the NACLNC® Association Community.
Wall Street Journal Bestselling Author Vickie L. Milazzo Makes Inc.'s Business Book Bestseller List
Vickie L. Milazzo, RN, MSN, JD has been named an Inc. Business Book Bestselling author for her book Inside Every Woman: Using the 10 Strengths You Didn't Know You Had to Get the Career and Life You Want Now.
Milazzo says her book is based on the 10 Strengths that she discovered while becoming the President and CEO of her own multi-million dollar company, Vickie Milazzo Institute. The book serves as an entrepreneurial model for women (and some men too). Encouraging and uplifting, Inside Every Woman will help you close the gap between your dreams and your success. Each of the 10 Strengths leads you to a discovery that will surprise, delight and transport you to new levels of personal and professional growth. Whether you're positioning for a promotion, pursuing a life goal or simply figuring out what you want to be when you grow up, when you read Inside Every Woman, you'll learn practical, detailed strategies that you can use to achieve whatever you want in your career and life.
Vickie is also a two-time Wall Street Journal bestselling author. Published by John Wiley & Sons, it is in its eighth printing and is available in 5 languages.
Vickie Milazzo and Legal Nurse Consulting in The News-Star
Vickie L. Milazzo, RN, MSN, JD was recently interviewed by The News-Star in Monroe, Louisiana, about her success as the industry leader and pioneer of legal nurse consulting. The News-Star states that "Legal nurse consulting is a rising new career field that blends medical and legal expertise." They further say that "The increasing number of lawsuits related to injury and healthcare has fueled demand for such consultants to help lawyers interpret most anything from medical charts to health insurance claims."
They also quote Monroe attorney Jeff Guerriero who has a full-time legal nurse consultant on staff as saying: "(lawyers) are not all that good with medical jargon. (Consultants) come in handy because they help with that."
Guerriero also said that legal nurse consultants can assist attorneys with whether or not a case has merit – one of the contingents cited by Vickie. This one service – recommending to the attorney that a case is meritorious – that Certified Legal Nurse Consultants provide to their attorney-clients saves potentially millions of dollars per year.
Guerriero said when he is presented with a medical malpractice case, he could end up with two or three thousand pages of material. He said the consultant can simplify it for him.
“My consultant could come back with a seven page outline,” Guerriero said. “It’s very helpful.”
Legal Nurse Consulting Featured in Nursing Leadership Encyclopedia
I'm excited to announce that the new Nursing Leadership, A Concise Encyclopedia, edited by Harriet R. Feldman, features my chapter on legal nurse consulting.
I was honored to be invited to contribute to this important nursing reference. As the industry leader and pioneer of legal nurse consulting, I am proud to be able to continue to advance our stellar nursing career to the nursing audience. The book will be on the library shelves of nursing schools across the country and is a great reference for anyone in the healthcare field. My chapter highlights three primary elements of legal nurse consulting:
Now more and more nurses are learning about legal nurse consulting and the secure future it can provide them and their families. Call 800.880.0944 today.
Inside Every Woman Now Published in Indonesian
My Wall Street Journal bestselling book, Inside Every Woman: Using the 10 Strengths You Didn't Know You Had to Get the Career and Life You Want Now is now published and available in Indonesian.
A friend and reader recently let me know that she was surprised to find my book on display in Indonesia.
Inside Every Woman: Using the 10 Strengths You Didn't Know You Had to Get the Career and Life You Want Now achieved the #3 spot on Amazon's business books bestseller list and escalated to Wall Street Journal bestseller status in 2007. The book, now in its seventh printing, is also available in Polish and is being published in four additional languages.
Vickie Milazzo Institute Is the Only Legal Nurse Consulting Education Company Recognized as a Top 50 Education Company in the U.S.
Inc., which recognizes the 5000 Fastest Growing Private Companies in America, identified Vickie Milazzo Institute as one of the Top 50 Education Companies in the U.S.
As the only legal nurse consulting education company recognized as one of Inc.'s Top 50 education companies, Vickie Milazzo Institute is your guarantee that you are receiving training (both basic and advanced) from the most recognized and leading company in the legal nurse consulting industry. The Institute's proven trademark CLNC® Certification Program and the CLNC® Certification is your guarantee of quality to the 1,162,124 attorneys in the U.S. I would like to thank my awesome team at the Institute for helping to strengthen and promote the 6,000 members of the National Alliance of Certified Legal Nurse Consultants to attorneys.
12 Secrets to Being a CEO
Herb Perry, public affairs director of CBS Radio Mix 94.1 FM in Las Vegas, invited me to talk about the 12 most important secrets I use as CEO and owner of Vickie Milazzo Institute.
You'll find even more secrets in my Wall Street Journal bestseller Inside Every Woman: Using the 10 Strengths You Didn't Know You Had to Get the Career and Life You Want Now.
The Doctor Didn't Say, "It's a Little Entrepreneur!" –
The interview focused on my Wall Street Journal bestselling book, Inside Every Woman: Using the 10 Strengths You Didn't Know You Had to Get the Career and Life You Want Now, currently in its sixth printing. During the interview, copies of my book were donated in support of Starstyle®’s outreach program to improve literacy. This positive media message was broadcast to more than 5.5 million listeners.
I recently accepted an invitation to join the South Central NurseWeek Advisory Board. It is an honor and privilege to be associated with such an incredible group of professionals. They hail from various occupations within our healthcare arena.
Advisory board members are responsible for sharing changes, breakthroughs and news related to their field with the NurseWeek editorial board. Some of what you read in NurseWeek/Nursing Spectrum originates in advisory board meetings. Serving on this board gives me a perfect platform to educate the nursing community about the growing field of legal nurse consulting.
Thank you for your generous and encouraging responses to "Stepping Out of Fear," my recent broadcast on National Public Radio (NPR). I especially enjoyed learning what my essay meant to you.
If you missed my NPR appearance on Labor Day, I invite you to click here now to listen (or read). You'll hear me talk about "stepping out" to realize a life of fulfillment – a topic that may speak to you. I learned from my own struggles with fear. Bad things can happen when we step out, but I believe worse things can happen to our soul when we don't.
The essay aired on This I Believe, a feature of NPR's national news program All Things Considered. Contributors to This I Believe include Colin Powell, Gloria Steinem, Helen Keller and Bill Gates. You can imagine how honored and humbled I felt to be invited to join this esteemed group and share my beliefs with 26 million Americans.
Equally exciting was learning that my essay was the #2 link emailed from the NPR home page. This tells me that many people are fearful about stepping out. Perhaps you know someone who needs encouragement to step out and realize a new dream. If so, please forward this email to them.
To read two of the responses I received, see below. Click here to read or listen to "Stepping Out of Fear."
Success Is Inside!
Vickie L. Milazzo, RN, MSN, JD
Pioneer of Legal Nurse Consulting
I was pleasantly surprised to hear your essay this past Monday on NPR's This I Believe segment. I tuned in midway through the broadcast, but I recognized your voice immediately. I guess my week in Houston six years ago left your tones indelibly marked in my brain. The message, however, was the same – all is possible if you believe in yourself and are willing to take the risk. I heard the entire essay repeated later the same day, and I was very proud to know you, to be an RN and to be a CLNC® consultant. You did an outstanding job.
– Julie Burgett, RN, MSN, CNRN, CLNC, Ohio
BRAVO! You did a super job on NPR on Labor Day. I am not only proud of you, but proud to know you. Thank you for being such a great mentor.
– Ann Wiseman, RN, CLNC, Maryland
CareerBuilder has ranked the career of legal nurse consulting as one of the Top 10 Hottest Jobs. CareerBuilder is the nation's leading recruitment resource with over 26 million users.
The list of the 10 hottest jobs was based on Bureau of Labor Statistics studies. CareerBuilder factored demographic shifts, business trends and consumer behavior into determining which careers will be the next big thing and which are history.
When I pioneered the field of legal nurse consulting 24 years ago, I never dreamed that this profession would explode the way it has. It's rewarding to know that thousands of nurses I've trained have transformed their lives through this new nursing specialty. I hope more nurses follow this "hot" career to realize their dreams of financial independence and fulfillment.
NurseZone.com recently interviewed Vickie L. Milazzo, RN, MSN, JD for an article that shines a spotlight on her as the pioneer and the legal nurse consulting profession. In the article, “Vickie Milazzo Inspires Nurses to Go for Their Goals,” Vickie describes her success story, the motivating factors and how nursing prepared and trained her to own a business.
Vickie now inspires other nurses to go for their dream of doing something different with their nursing expertise. “A dream can make a person miserable.... Going for the dream, taking action on it...and going for it all the way is what makes people happy,” Vickie says.
She believes nurses can do anything! “Nurses are the most action-oriented people I know. We are decisive, quick on our feet. The thing that got me through those first interviews [with attorneys] was recognizing I was a nurse and had...saved people’s lives.”
Vickie offers encouraging words of wisdom about starting a new career as a Certified Legal Nurse Consultant: “That first case I worked on, everything fit like a glove, and that experience validated that attorneys did need nurses. Anyone can be trained to read medical terminology, but you have to have been there on the inside to understand and read between the lines in medical charts.” That’s what Certified Legal Nurse Consultants do for attorneys – read between the lines.
Read the full article to learn more about how Vickie inspires nurses to reach for their goals.
BookSisters.com recently interviewed me for their website featuring my book, Inside Every Woman: Using the 10 Strengths You Didn't Know You Had to Get the Career and Life You Want Now.
I was quite candid with them when they asked about the 5 Promises that I make to myself daily and discussed in my book:
"I discovered [the 5 Promises] because I had been a registered nurse for about six years and I was unsatisfied with the direction that my career was taking. I knew I was going to have to do something different if I wanted my life and my career to change. So, I started making some promises to myself that I knew I would have to make to get to a different life. For example, let's take I will go for it or reject it outright,' which is promise number two. I had been around so many other registered nurses who wanted to do something different, or they had a good idea, but they didn't go for it. So, I knew if I was going to get from point A to point B, I would have to go for it all the way, or just reject it altogether, but not that one day, some day, I'll get around to living my career dream.' My promises were prompted by where I was, where I wanted to go, and how I was going to get there."
My article titled "Legal Nurse Turns Case Around" was published in the March 26, 2007 issue of NurseWeek/Nursing Spectrum magazine. This article illustrates how a little boy, Ted F., received a $6-million settlement because of the expertise of a Certified Legal Nurse Consultant.
Ted suffered extensive nerve damage due to a dog bite, and the article discusses his subsequent negligent medical care. You will learn how a CLNC® consultant's "line-by-line review of the medical records helped the attorney understand the long-term effects of Ted's injuries and revealed the missing medical documentation. Ted's future care would be extensive and costly. The report helped the attorney build a more compelling case to present to the insurance company."
But the Certified Legal Nurse Consultant didn't stop with her expert case review. At the CLNC® consultant's suggestion, Ted's physician at the second hospital ordered a nerve study to evaluate the existence and extent of nerve damage. The attorney wouldn't have had this crucial piece of evidence without her expert eye on the case.
Dale Barnes, RN, CLNC, is the consultant who reviewed Ted's case. She said that making a difference like this was what got her into nursing in the first place. Her role in winning the $6-million settlement demonstrates how important the CLNC® consultant's input can be in creating a successful outcome.
Read the complete article.
The homepage of MSN.com featured an article on February 14 ranking legal nurse consulting as one of today's 10 cutting-edge jobs. The article was written by CareerBuilder.com, the nation's leading recruitment resource with over 26 million users.
The list of today's 10 cutting-edge jobs was based on U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics studies. CareerBuilder factored demographic shifts, business trends and consumer behavior into determining which careers are history and which will be the next big thing.
When I pioneered the field of legal nurse consulting 25 years ago, I never dreamed that this profession would open up to so many nurses the way it has. It's rewarding to know that thousands of RNs I've trained have transformed their lives through this exciting nursing specialty. I hope more nurses discover this cutting-edge career choice and realize their dreams of financial independence and fulfillment.
In a February 5 article in Investor's Business Daily titled "Practice How to Escape the Perfectionist Bubble," Vickie L. Milazzo, RN, MSN, JD shared her advice for business people like her who are perfectionists in everything they do. "Ditch perfectionism," she said.
An overwhelming desire to get things "just right" can lead to great achievements in business, she said. But it can also serve as a trap that triggers indecisiveness and unnecessary delays. "Success is often in the details," Vickie said. "But it's a balancing act to address those details without going overboard."
"By continuing to perfect something small, you may prevent bigger results for your business," she added. "You never have all the resources to do everything you want to do, so you have to choose."
To quell her perfectionism, Vickie resists constantly modifying a finished product. Instead, she'll note her ideas so she can easily incorporate them into the next version of the product.
Investor's Business Daily, a national newspaper with an average daily readership of 200,000, provides business, financial and investment news.
The fall issue of Small Business Success, a publication of the Small Business Administration (SBA), featured my article, "Power Player: Put Force Behind Your Business with These 10 Inner Strengths." My article was based on the 10 inherent strengths described in Inside Every Woman: Using the 10 Strengths You Didn't Know You Had to Get the Career and Life You Want Now. These strengths can give any entrepreneur a business edge. Sharpen this edge, and you become a force to be reckoned with.
Build up your CLNC® business by building the 10 strengths I described in the article:
Applying just one of your 10 inherent strengths will dramatically improve your business and life. Harness all 10, and you'll be an unbeatable force.
Self-Evaluation Quiz: Take this quick self-evaluation quiz to see which of your 10 strengths are working strong and which could use a boost.
Vickie L. Milazzo, RN, MSN, JD was recently an invited celebrity guest on the radio program Starstyle® Be the Star You Are®, hosted by Cynthia Brian, coauthor of the bestselling Chicken Soup for the Gardener's Soul. The radio show seeks to empower people and help them discover their unique talents and gifts so they can live a life of purpose. Cynthia thanked Vickie on the air for "inspiring the greatness within us all."
The host went on to say, "As a radio producer and host, I read four books per week, then donate them to literacy projects. Vickie's book, Inside Every Woman, captured my attention with its practical advice on how any woman can discover her strengths to create a life and career of passion."
"My copy of Inside Every Woman is completely highlighted," she added. "A must-read and must-keep guide for every empowered woman, Vickie's book boasts a prominent place in my library."
Listen to Vickie's interview on Starstyle® Be the Star You Are®.
LawCrossing.com, the largest online collection of active legal jobs worldwide, is currently featuring a profile of Vickie L. Milazzo, RN, MSN, JD. The article also shines a spotlight on the legal nurse consulting profession.
In her profile, Vickie states that her greatest business achievement and greatest reward is making a positive difference in the lives of nurses and in the country's legal system. "Nurses have tremendous healthcare skills and experience and insider knowledge of the healthcare system that attorneys simply don't have, and it's extremely valuable to them," says Vickie. "Any nurse willing to do a bit of trailblazing could make a huge difference in the legal arena by consulting with attorneys on medical-related cases."
Vickie adds that the person who influenced her legal nurse consulting career the most was her first attorney-client. "Even though the legal nurse consulting field was not invented yet, he was willing to take a chance and go where no lawyer had gone before. He gave me an opportunity to create a profession that had not existed and, along the way, provided a crash course on the workings of the legal system."
The article describes how Vickie developed the CLNC® Certification Program and lists some of the 32 services CLNC® consultants offer to attorneys. Backed by the credibility and name recognition of LawCrossing.com, this article is sure to attract positive attention for the Certified Legal Nurse Consultant profession – share it with your attorney-clients and prospects.
On October 12, 2006 in Austin, I spoke at the Texas Conference for Women where 8,000 women were in attendance.
My topic was "Beyond the Work/Life Balancing Act." People everywhere are hungry to learn how to juggle the demands of life and career. I gave five unconventional strategies on maintaining balance in your life while growing your career dreams. I could tell these audience members were tuned in to my talk and appreciated receiving my practical advice rather than the usual candy-coated counsel given in most self-help books.
The Texas Conference for Women is the state's premier educational and networking event for women. Other speakers at this year's conference included Martha Stewart, Grammy® award-winning singer Yolanda Adams and Nancy Goodman Brinker, the founder of the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. I felt privileged to share the platform with them.
I was the featured guest on the BusinessMakers Radio Show, a Houston radio program focusing on entrepreneurs and experts in entrepreneurship.
I shared how I pioneered the field of legal nurse consulting in 1982. This led to recognition as one of Inc.'s Top 10 Entrepreneurs in the nation.
Whether you start a business or focus your enterprising nature on a hobby or a family goal, I recommend you do the three things that worked for me: 1) Construct a solid foundation. 2) Assemble an extraordinary framework. 3) Act like a CEO.
FOX News featured Vickie L. Milazzo, RN, MSN, JD, CEO of Vickie Milazzo Institute, as an exemplary leader and the new standard for CEOs. The segment, broadcast on July 21, 2006, showcased her as an entrepreneur who has mentored tens of thousands of RNs to change their lives by becoming Certified Legal Nurse Consultants. But her strong influence doesn't stop with her students, reported FOX News producer Andrea Watkins. Vickie has cultivated a working environment where she can empower and advance the staff she employs.
Evie Baron-Hernandez, a marketing mentor for the Institute who appeared with Vickie in the television feature, is one of those employees. When she started working for the Institute nine years ago, she was used to the stereotypical treatment of women in corporate America as "window dressing."
"Vickie didn't limit me in that way," Evie said. "She immediately recognized my strengths and saw my potential. Every day she challenged me to do things out of my comfort zone. And this is what I have seen her do with the entire nursing industry." Even though Evie started out at an entry-level position with low hourly pay, she is now one of the highest paid employees.
The August 2006 issue of Seventeen, America's largest monthly beauty and fashion magazine (read by 2.3 million young women), features an article written by Vickie. In "8 Ways to Achieve Your Goals," Vickie says you can have everything you've ever dreamed of – just tap into what's already inside. She focuses on showing readers how to use intuitive vision, integrity, genius, vision, agility, passion, endurance and fusion.
The piece shares how many of today's top young Hollywood stars and pop divas have achieved success using one or more of the strengths described in Vickie's book, Inside Every Woman: Using the 10 Strengths You Didn't Know You Had to Get the Career and Life You Want Now. According to Seventeen, Reese Witherspoon used passion, genius and integrity to get it all – and she won the Oscar®.
Vickie's new book, Inside Every Woman: Using the 10 Strengths You Didn't Know You Had to Get the Career and Life You Want Now, is quickly gaining momentum. She was recently interviewed by a columnist syndicated by Gannett News Service, a leading international news and information company and publisher of USA TODAY.
The story, "Passion Makes the Difference," was posted online at the popular newswire site Emediawire and has appeared in the following newspapers:
According to the New Orleans newspaper, The Times-Picayune, Vickie's book, Inside Every Woman: Using the 10 Strengths You Didn't Know You Had to Get the Career and Life You Want Now, is reinventing the concept of female fusion and lighting "a spark of passion and enthusiasm" among local readers.
The April 9, 2006 article titled "Former N.O. Native Fuses Advice with Book" chronicles Vickie's rise to success from her modest upbringing in New Orleans, to pioneering a new profession for nurses and writing a book that is inspiring New Orleans locals as well as readers nationwide.
"She fires up readers with a well-developed solution to life planning," writes The Times-Picayune, "spilling over with down-home common sense fused to a unique global perspective – on everything from national business strategy to grocery shopping and from skydiving to spirituality."
With its cover story on Vickie L. Milazzo, RN, MSN, JD and legal nurse consulting, a brand new publication for working women hit the stands in Houston in March. The front cover of the premiere issue of Houston Woman Magazine showed a photograph of Vickie and highlighted its accompanying article with the lead title, "Vickie Milazzo Pioneers New Field for RNs."
Vickie is quoted, "Any nurse who has a CLNC® Certification, a strong nursing background and the courage to hang in there can make it as a legal nurse consultant. I tell my clients to believe what I know to be true: We are nurses, and we can do anything!"
As a sidebar, the magazine published Vickie's article, "5 Success Promises I Make Daily." These are the commitments Vickie has made to herself every day for two decades now including, "I will take one action step a day toward my career goals."
Click here to read the full article, "Founder Considered Pioneer in New Field: Vickie Milazzo Institute Training RNs to be Certified Legal Nurse Consultants."
From Vickie L. Milazzo, RN, MSN, JD comes her brand new book, Inside Every Woman: Using the 10 Strengths You Didn't Know You Had to Get the Career and Life You Want Now. Although only on bookstore shelves for a few weeks, Inside Every Woman reached #3 on Amazon's bestseller list.
Whether you are considering a career change, just starting your business or you are thriving as a well-established entrepreneur, you possess 10 strengths that will help you achieve lasting success and fulfillment. In her new book, Vickie helps you discover and harness these strengths.
By adding one or two new strengths, you'll realize exponential gains, but the real secret weapon is using all 10 of them.
Inside Every Woman is an indispensable guide filled with compelling stories of real women achieving unreal success. Vickie shares the secrets that made her a multimillionaire and an Inc. Top 10 Entrepreneur. She openly discusses the obstacles she – and the thousands of women she has trained and mentored – overcame on the path to success.
"If your life is less than perfect and your happiness falls short of complete, buck up and buy this book. It's stuffed with good advice, real-life stories and womanly wisdom."
– Michelle Nichols, "Savvy Selling" columnist for BusinessWeek Online
"I began reading Inside Every Woman last night and couldn't put it down! Vickie is truly an inspiration and I believe that my success has continued not only because I have been blessed by God, but because Vickie has provided an excellent example of a successful, savvy woman entrepreneur."
– Suzanne E. Arragg, RN, BSN, CDONA/LTC, CLNC, California
"A book of personal and professional transformation, Inside Every Woman is on fire with goddess energy. If you're not ready to achieve your dreams, don't read this book! Vickie Milazzo has transparently shared the secrets to her magnificent multimillion dollar business success and the keys to the realization of her dreams. Anyone who follows her down-to-earth recipe is destined to reap the reward of their own dreams-turned-reality. The steps are achievable and the outcome life altering. Her formula for activating Female Fusion is brilliance infused with everyday wisdom. Vickie's vision is contagious and her book is pure fuel for the feminine fire. Inside Every Woman will open and activate the goddess within any woman. Vickie Milazzo is a woman on fire!"
– Tamara Borrmann, RN, CLNC, Colorado
Vickie will show you how to amplify your inherent strengths and how to make simple adjustments to your life that will result in profound positive change. With intellect, wit and insight, she coaches you through an exploration of your hidden strengths – strengths that will help you become the CEO of your career and life. Inside Every Woman, published March 2006, by John Wiley & Sons, Inc., is available wherever books are sold, or order now at Amazon.com.
In Small Business Success, a magazine published for the Small Business Administration, writer Karen M. Kroll interviewed Vickie Milazzo about how entrepreneurs can succeed, as Vickie did, by trusting their instincts.
The October 2005 article, "Going with Your Gut," opened with a brief synopsis of Vickie's success story. In 1982, she started her legal nurse consulting business because her instincts told her that attorneys trying medical-related cases needed the consulting services of RNs. "I defied conventional wisdom that said if something hadn't been done before, it's not worth doing," Vickie told Kroll. "I knew I could save attorneys a lot of time and money." Nurses know more about the medical record than any healthcare provider and are more cost-effective than MDs.
"Some [entrepreneurs], like Milazzo, listen to their instincts and successfully exploit opportunities others don't even notice," Kroll wrote. Vickie's 23 years of success – and the 20,000-plus RNs who have taken her programs – are a testimony to the accuracy of Vickie's instincts.
On August 16, 2005, Vickie L. Milazzo, RN, MSN, JD was the featured guest on The Art of Doing Business program on BizRadio Network. Vickie shared the secrets that made her the pioneer of legal nurse consulting and that continue to help thousands of women rediscover their passion for their lives and careers as Certified Legal Nurse Consultants.
The Art of Doing Business is hosted by Dayna Steele, nominated as Radio Personality of the Year by Billboard magazine and named one of Talkers Magazine's 100 Most Important Radio Talk Show Hosts. Dayna called Vickie "an amazing woman...who makes me want to go train with her and start a whole new job."
When Dayna asked Vickie how she created her successful consulting and training business, making good money with a flexible schedule, Vickie responded, "I managed it with great discipline and by staying focused on the big things." She went on to reveal the 5 Promises she has made daily for more than two decades:
I will live a passionate life.
I will go for it or reject it outright.
I will take one action step a day toward my passionate vision.
I commit to being a success student for life.
I believe I really can do anything.
Vickie told her radio audience Promise 1, I will live a passionate life, is "about waking up every day to not just a life that we love but a career that we love. So often people are focused on TGIF – 'Thank God It's Friday.' Whether I'm at work or whether I'm out playing, I say, 'Thank God It's Today.' "
Vickie's second promise, I will go for it or reject it outright, is about not waiting for all conditions in your life to be perfect before you embark on a new career or a life change. She commented, "It's perfectly okay to say, 'This is not right for me,' and reject it outright. The key is to not hold back when we know something is right for us. We have to go for it."
The third promise, I will take one action step a day toward my passionate vision, is about taking real action to back up your passion and vision for your goals. "Success is in the motion...that's where it happens," said Vickie.
When Dayna asked about the fourth promise, I commit to being a success student for life, Vickie explained, "Entrepreneurship requires enormous agility and enterprising skills. The only way you can continue to be agile and enterprising is to learn and grow. There are so many wonderful mentors out there to learn from...writers, speakers, other entrepreneurs. We should be learning from as many people as we can."
Vickie cited the fifth promise as her favorite. I believe I really can do anything is "all about believing that you can do what you see. Each one of us has a success that we can look to. For me, it was working with patients in the hospital and making split-second decisions that saved lives. When I saw that I could do that, I knew I could do anything and that has definitely helped me. We all have to work on that promise every day."
In closing, Dayna asked, "When you've spent years and years doing one kind of job, what's the first step you should take to accomplish your goal of becoming an entrepreneur?" Vickie offered this advice to aspiring entrepreneurs: "The very first step is to sit back and listen to whether there's a passion that can go with the expertise you've learned.... Then you have to envision that passion into an entrepreneurial job and do the necessary research and study to turn it into a reality. Don't let fear get in the way of something big."
See Vickie's 5 Promises from her just published book, Inside Every Woman: Using the 10 Strengths You Didn't Know You Had to Get the Career and Life You Want Now. (Published by John Wiley & Sons, Inc., March 2006.)
In an August 2005 article about nurse entrepreneurs, the Denver Business Journal featured legal nurse consulting as a career alternative for nurses desiring to get out of hospital nursing, but wanting to continue to use their nursing expertise. According to the article, “Nurses Find Attractive Legal Alternative,” nurses are leaving hospitals and for careers in the legal arena because they’re "frustrated by low wages, long hours and understaffed departments."
Vickie L. Milazzo, RN, MSN, JD, the pioneer of legal nurse consulting, is quoted on why she created the legal nurse consulting profession, "I felt…like I was in Nepal climbing the Himalayas without oxygen. That little spark was missing…I merely wanted to practice nursing on my own terms.”
The article states that legal nurse consultants in the Denver area report earnings as high as $150 per hour, compared to the $25 per hour nurses earn on average, according to the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment.
Meg Dunlop, who completed the legal nurse consulting certification program through Vickie Milazzo Institute, left her position as an intensive care and cardiology RN and has worked as a legal nurse consultant for five years. “I have much more flexibility now. They are not the long, 12-hour shifts that require me to be away so much,” Dunlop said.
According to the American Bar Association Market Research Department, there are 1,104,766 practicing attorneys in the U.S. – plenty to keep thousands of CLNC® consultants busy full time.
Institute founder Vickie L. Milazzo, RN, MSN, JD was featured in the December 2004 Texas Bar Journal, the best-read legal publication in Texas. The article, "Improving the Health of Law Practices," educated the magazine's 89,000 subscribers about the CLNC® profession and Vickie's Mentor of the Year Stevie® Award (business's Oscar®).
The bar journal reported how CLNC® consultants improve the health of law firms. "A CLNC® consultant can review and interpret relevant medical records, research standards of care, prepare chronologies, screen medical-related cases, and assist with discovery."
According to the Texas Bar Journal, 92.4% of Texas lawyers read every issue. We are sure many of them would agree with this comment from Vickie's interview: "Few attorneys know how to read medical records or understand the terminology and subtleties of healthcare issues to achieve the best results for their clients. While the attorney is the expert on legal issues, the CLNC® consultant is the expert on nursing and the healthcare system and its inner workings....our Institute helps improve the health of law practices that deal with medical issues."
As a CLNC® consultant you should think about innovative ways to educate attorneys regarding the CLNC® services you can deliver to improve the health of their law practices. Start today.
Read the full article in Vol. 67, p. 929 of the Texas Bar Journal.
The Journal of the Association for Vascular Access (JAVA) recently featured Vickie L. Milazzo, RN, MSN, JD as an entrepreneur expert for the article, "Pursuit of an Independent Vision – A Conversation with Five Entrepreneurs." These nursing leaders share their experiences and successes as independent business owners. They offer practical advice to healthcare professionals who are interested in starting their own businesses. In the article, Vickie advises every RN to do three things to guarantee success:
She reminds readers that, "Where you focus your energy, attention and effort is where you will achieve results." Focus big.
In the same Spring 2004 issue, JAVA published Vickie's article, "12 Things Nursing Taught Me About Owning a Business," In it Vickie shows how even the most routine nursing job is full of life lessons that nurses can apply to the business world. Acting quickly and decisively is just one of these 12 success secrets RNs can transfer to their CLNC® practices.
Vickie was recently featured in Workforce Management magazine. The article, "A Reward Money Can't Buy," spotlights Vickie as an entrepreneur expert who genuinely practices what she preaches.
"I want my employees to feel an ownership of the company on some level, but since we're a private company, they can't buy stock," she says. Instead, the 22 employees are rewarded for overall company success with time off.
The company uses many other motivational techniques, but the days off are by far the most popular.
Every CLNC® consultant can think about innovative ways to motivate and reward their CLNC® subs and employees. Start today. It works.
A recent article, "Consultants Bridge Medical-Legal Gap," appeared in The Modesto Bee. This California daily newspaper interviewed Vickie and three successful CLNC® consultants for a story on this "attractive career change" for nurses. CLNC® consultants talked with the reporter about how "The investigative aspect of legal nurse consulting appeals to many nurses." Each nurse briefly described why she became a CLNC® consultant.
Readers learned that, "By helping the legal system understand complex language and protocol of the medical universe, nurse consultants can help deter abuse and fraud, and hold negligent doctors or nurses accountable."
Vickie is quoted, "I always tell them they have skills no one else on the planet has. Consulting gives many nurses the satisfying career they want."
On Sunday, February 18, 2001, the Business section of The New York Times profiled Vickie as a leader in the field of legal nurse consulting. This article was exciting for legal nurse consulting as a specialty practice. Attorneys nationwide saw the story, and the powerful reputation of The New York Times gave our profession instant credibility. This kind of visibility, worth more than a fortune in mere advertising, paved the way for you in your marketing efforts.
Please note the following corrections to the article: Ms. Milazzo's company was founded in 1982 and incorporated as the Medical-Legal Consulting Institute, Inc. in 1989. She has trained legal nurse consultants since 1982.
The Sacramento Business Journal featured Vickie and two successful CLNC® consultants in the article "Nurses Enjoy New Vistas with Consulting Side Jobs."
Vickie L. Milazzo points out that, "Part of what's attractive about legal nurse consulting is we have more than a million attorneys in the United States and they deal with everything from medical malpractice to personal injury cases."
Another attraction is the pay. Legal nurse consultants can earn much more than they earn from nursing, and they can do the work part time. Vickie also reminds us that, "The average age of an RN is mid-40s, so it's just natural that nurses at some stage would look for other ways to use their experience and expertise." She herself only had 6 years of nursing experience before becoming a successful legal nurse consultant.
Barbara Christensen, RN, BSN, PHN, CLNC agrees. "It's a stimulating way to expand your career. So as you burn out on the type of job you're doing, it gives you another way to use the expertise you already have."
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Terra Wellington is a consumer wellness expert and she interviewed Vickie L. Milazzo, RN, MSN, JD for the article "Education Brings Lasting Joy" in her column, Balanced Living.
The article quotes Vickie as saying,"The people who are the happiest are the ones who are always growing. The only way you can grow is to learn." Reports Vickie, "No matter your income level or age, there are always possibilities of learning."
As students of the Institute already know, Vickie is passionate about education. That passion began early. Her favorite game growing up in New Orleans was teaching her imaginary class. And now she teaches thousands of nurses every year.
She follows the same advice as she gives her students, and she makes sure her learning is purposeful and focused. Massively successful people focus on learning the right things. For example, Vickie asks, "Do you want to learn about the life of a movie star or about something that is going to help you become the star of your own life?"
Make education a priority and commit to being a lifetime student. With this commitment of self-directed learning you will earn many "degrees" during your lifetime.
In a January 2003 article about nurse entrepreneurs, the Pittsburgh Business Times discussed various career routes nurses take to get out of the hospital and use their nursing expertise in a different way. According to the article, this migration from the bedside to entrepreneurship is happening because nurses are "so disenchanted with the hospital setting that they're opting to start their own businesses."
Vickie L. Milazzo, RN, MSN, JD, "the nurse who is credited for pioneering the legal nurse consulting profession," is quoted as saying, "Working conditions in the hospital are a lot worse than they were 10 years ago.... The workload on nurses these days is a lot more than it used to be."
One of Vickie's students, Leigh Ann Chermak, RN, CLNC, is also featured in the article. "Part of the reason I'm doing this is to be at home," says Leigh Ann, who is expecting her first child. "You have to market yourself and get your name out there.... The overhead is minimal with only a computer, fax and business stationery needed to get started."
Like Leigh Ann, many nurses are turning to the Vickie Milazzo Institute for training and certification in legal nurse consulting. The most obvious benefit: nurses-turned-consultants earn more while working less. Certified Legal Nurse Consultants (CLNC® consultants) typically earn up to $150/hour. In addition, the flexibility, the low start-up costs and the chance to use hard-earned nursing expertise in exciting medical-related legal cases make this lucrative profession even more appealing to nurses.
In the January 2003 issue of Entrepreneur, Vickie Milazzo and Tom Ziemba were interviewed for an article titled, "Do You Take This Man?" In 1984 Vickie hired her husband Tom as her first employee.
The story features women entrepreneurs who have hired their spouses as employees. Vickie and Tom share some of the many benefits of working together, such as the 10 weeks of vacation they take each year, a fitting reward for the long hours they spend keeping the business on track. But there's a bigger benefit. Vickie states, "Because we are both involved in the business, I never feel that he doesn't understand my commitment to it."
Vickie L. Milazzo, RN, MSN, JD was recognized as the Most Innovative Small Business because she pioneered a new profession for RNs, the profession of legal nurse consulting.
The innovation award and Vickie's story were featured in Priority magazine, the publication that office tech giant Pitney Bowes distributes to 800,000 small business owners worldwide. 800,000 Americans (who are successful themselves) are now educated about legal nurse consulting.
Neal J. Metviner, president, PB Direct says, "of the numerous nominations we received, this business stood out as both exemplary and inspirational."
"Many nurses believe the only way to apply their nursing skills is in a traditional hospital setting," says Vickie. "But RNs possess valuable skills that also make them successful consultants."
Vickie continues, "A large part of my business is training other RNs to be innovative themselves. Innovation isn't just the initial great idea. It is daily action. To innovate, they must constantly question, probe and challenge every aspect of their business, its processes and systems.
"If nurses can save lives in the middle of the night with no doctor in sight, they can also use that drive and decision-making ability to operate successful consulting practices."
When Lawyers Weekly USA called wanting to interview me because I pioneered legal nurse consulting, I was thrilled. This major national newspaper is one of my favorite publications. Attorneys pay up to $289/year to subscribe (28% of subscribers are millionaires). According to the Lawyers Weekly USA website, their subscribers referred 223,000 cases in the last 12 months. So you can see why I took the time to talk to their reporter, even though I was rushing off to the airport for a dream vacation in Africa.
Since approximately half of Lawyers Weekly USA subscribers handle medical-related cases, I knew the readership for the article, "Finding the Right Nurse for Your Firm," would be high. The story informed attorneys that legal nurse consultants can work on a variety of cases, such as workers' comp, products liability and criminal as well as medical malpractice. Now the thousands of attorneys who read and respect Lawyers Weekly USA know more about what legal nurse consultants can do to help them win their cases.
Remember to always educate your attorney-clients and everyone else you know about the many specialized consulting services you can provide. For a quick refresher on the 32 services CLNC® consultants can offer click here. Suggest to your clients how one or two of these consulting services can benefit their legal practice. Continue adding value and more services, and you'll win repeat business.
Success Is Yours!
Vickie L. Milazzo, RN, MSN, JD
P.S. Following the publication of this article, I sent a letter to the editor. It was published in the October 28 issue of Lawyers Weekly USA. In it I stressed, "Having worked with attorneys and legal nurse consultants for 20 years, I know that an attorney who represents a client (plaintiff or defense) on a medical-related case without the expertise of a Certified Legal Nurse Consultant is at risk for being sued for legal malpractice." This is the real message the legal community and every consumer need to understand. Please help spread this vital message to everyone you know.
After interviewing Vickie L. Milazzo, RN, MSN, JD, the Houston Chronicle (Houston's major daily newspaper) published an article on Vickie and the profession of legal nurse consulting in the Sunday, January 27, 2002 edition.
In the article, "Nurse Consultants Tackle Medical-Legal Issues," Chronicle correspondent Alice Adams reported that, "Legal nurse consultants who have earned an RN will charge anywhere from $75 to $150, depending on the consultant and their experience. Compared to what physicians usually charge – often $400 an hour – nurse consultants have become a cost-effective solution to getting cases analyzed prior to trial."
The article also pointed out that "of the approximately 900,000 attorneys in practice today, 25 percent deal with medical malpractice and personal injury cases. Sheer numbers indicate the growing need for specialized legal nurse consultants."
Vickie is quoted as saying, "Attorneys are seeking nursing experience. Attorneys know the law and they understand the legal implications of a case. What they need is an interpreter to help them understand the medical aspects of the trial."
The piece featured a photo of two of Vickie's students, Copia Westbrook, RN, and Jennifer Fougerousse, RN, CLNC, consulting on a complicated medical case. In addition to outlining the typical steps in an LNC's involvement in a medical malpractice case, the article gave an overview of the Institute's training programs.
In an article titled "Medical Entrepreneurs Provide Dose of Innovation," Employment Review, November 2001, Vickie speaks out about how nurses are looking for entrepreneurial career options. The article includes Vickie's comments on a survey of her students which established some of the key reasons nurses seek entrepreneurship:
Entrepreneurs are innovators who have a desire to revolutionize. RNs are no different. RNs go into legal nurse consulting because it allows them to stay in the medical field yet do something totally different, challenging and stimulating. To be a legal nurse consultant, Vickie says, takes "...commitment, persistence and perseverance.... Being an entrepreneur is very demanding and very time-consuming." She suggests that entrepreneurs find mentors to guide them along the way.
In summary, Vickie says, "There is no magic to being an entrepreneur. It's not about what someone's IQ is or how many degrees you have behind your name. It's about getting in there and working at it."
Attorneys who read the Houston Business Journal know more about the legal nurse consulting profession. This popular business weekly interviewed Vickie L. Milazzo, RN, MSN, JD, for their quarterly special focus on healthcare, citing her as the pioneer of this field.
In the article, Denise Heath-Graham, RN, CLNC, praised the LNC training she received through the Vickie Milazzo Institute: "The training positioned me for success and provided the encouragement and support I needed to actually get out there and do it."
"With fees ranging to $150 an hour," Vickie says, "legal nurse consulting is more lucrative than the typical nursing job." Jennifer Fougerousse, RN, CLNC, of League City, Texas, reports that she is now making more money working part time as a legal nurse consultant than she did working part time in the hospital.
Jennifer says she considers the training in legal terminology and understanding "the attorney's viewpoint" to be among the most valuable parts of the the Institute's home-study course she took. "I don't feel I've lost any of my nursing knowledge. I've gained more than I ever could have in a hospital setting," says the Certified Legal Nurse Consultant.
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The AORN Journal published a review of the Institute's book CLNC® Success Stories. According to the review, "This book will serve as an inspiration to any professional nurse considering a career as a Certified Legal Nurse Consultant." Mentioning that the contributing successful CLNC® consultants are nurses from diverse backgrounds, the reviewer adds, "The book shows that a nursing education can serve as a foundation for a career in business as well as acute care."
The review also states that CLNC® Success Stories addresses many aspects of running a successful business, such as "managing time, setting up an office, writing a business plan, and marketing the business." The reviewer goes on to say, "Each contributor discusses a different set of obstacles and strategies for coping with and overcoming them."
The reviewer stresses that, "Each CLNC® consultant partially or wholly attributes her success to participation in an educational program offered by the editor of this book," the pioneer in legal nurse consulting, Vickie L. Milazzo, RN, MSN, JD. "Each CLNC® consultant regards Vickie as an exceptional coach and mentor who empowered her to fashion a profitable career as a Certified Legal Nurse Consultant."
Click here to receive your FREE copy of CLNC® Success Stories or call 800.880.0944.
Vickie L. Milazzo, RN, MSN, JD was recently featured in the West University Examiner. In the article, "Legal Nurses Bridge Two Fields," Vickie was in "pioneer mode," educating readers about the value of nurses' knowledge and how they are making a difference in the legal community as Certified Legal Nurse Consultants (CLNC® consultants). The article recognized the Institute as the "oldest and largest training center in the industry."
"So many nurses think nursing didn't prepare them for having a business," Vickie said in the article, "not true." Vickie's profound belief that "Nurses Can Do Anything" is the very core of her own success. She constantly reminds nurses that they make split-second life-or-death decisions for patients. Surely they can do something as simple as explain a medical record to an attorney.
The article stressed the increased demand for CLNC® consultants by stating, "Demand for legal nurse services took off two decades ago with the rise in medical-related litigation, consumer health awareness and health care reform."
Vickie discussed the rewards of legal nurse consulting in Nursing Spectrum's Career Fitness Guide. In the article, "Nurses Charting a New (Legal) Course," Vickie distinguished between legal nurse consultants and nurse-paralegals.
"We have the right to define who we are," Vickie said. "An RN interfaces so well with the legal profession... because the LNC focuses on core competencies."
"You have autonomy, flexibility and control over your own career," Vickie concluded. "You also have the ability to make a difference and see the impact of that difference."
RNs across our country shared their inside tips for navigating the healthcare system in the July 2002 issue of Ladies' Home Journal. Writer Hallie Levine interviewed Vickie and other RNs – the real experts on health – to find answers to questions like, "How do you find the right doctor?"
One of Vickie's tips to the magazine's 4,100,000 subscribers is, "Don't hesitate to dump your doctor if she refuses to listen to you. No one knows more about your own body than you do. If your physician isn't willing to pay attention to you, chances are she isn't giving you good medical care. After all, diagnosis is ninety-five percent listening and five percent medical tests and exams."
Check out the July 2002 Ladies' Home Journal. You'll love this article full of wise advice from Vickie and your RN colleagues.
The "Houston Business Show" on Business Radio 650AM recently featured Vickie as special guest. She told radio host Kevin J. Price how women buy, explaining that for women the buying experience is both physiological and psychological. Physiologically, women use their five senses when they are buying, but they also seek to fill an emotional need with each purchase.
For example, the RNs who are researching legal nurse consulting are seeking to change their career which can ultimately change their life.
For this reason trust is a must in the relationship between the Institute and that RN. Here are two things the Institute does to assure the RN that she will have little to risk financially or emotionally when choosing the CLNC® Certification Program:
Similar principles can be applied to your attorney-client relationships to ensure they aren't out shopping for LNC services from your competitors.
Sigma Theta Tau featured Vickie L. Milazzo, RN, MSN, JD, as a nursing leader in its first issue of the 2002 Reflections on Nursing Leadership journal. The article entitled "Nothing but the Truth" not only profiled Vickie but also described legal nurse consulting in-depth.
"Nobody knows better than an RN what should be inside a medical record," said Vickie. "In the next 20 years we'll see even more impact of RNs interfacing with the legal world. There is a big distinction between reading the lines in a medical chart and reading between the lines. You can figure out what's not there that should be there. You are able to interpret those meanings that aren't so obvious to a nonhealth-care professional." The award-winning news magazine of the nursing honor society Sigma Theta Tau International also told readers, "An LNC may work independently or as an in-house member of a legal team."
Sunday morning viewers of Houston's number one television station heard from entrepreneurship expert, Vickie L. Milazzo, RN, MSN, JD.
Vickie revealed to the KTRK-TV (ABC) audience the 4 commitments she made to herself back in 1982 when she first started her legal nurse consulting business. These promises helped her get where she is today, and she coaches every CLNC® student to make these same promises when starting their CLNC® practices.
Even after 20 years, Vickie still makes these commitments daily. Make Vickie's commitments a part of your life and you too will live your career dreams.
In the Winter 2002 edition of Emerging Business, Vickie was interviewed for an article titled "Finders, Keepers: Finding – and Keeping Customers in Today's Competitive World." Emerging Business is partially funded by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and it spotlights companies that exemplify SBA goals and objectives. In the article Vickie outlines what she does to attract and keep customers. Following the same advice she gives her students, she offers her risk-free guarantee, as well as many other benefits, such as FREE mentoring to her students and CLNC® consultants.
The same principles apply to your LNC practice. Offer your attorney-clients more than your competitors and add value to any service you provide. If your attorney asks for library research, include your opinion of the research and show how it applies to the case. Send an informational newsletter with bits of medical information that will be valuable to the attorney. And don't forget to offer your own risk-free guarantee on your work product. By implementing a few of these simple strategies, you, too, can keep the attorney-clients you find.
The news magazine for businesswomen, Women's Enterprise, profiled Vickie as one of the women at the forefront of new opportunities in the dynamic, changing field of healthcare. In the article, "Expanding Health-Care Career Horizons," Vickie says that, "Nursing taught me great respect for appreciating that what feels hard today will feel easy tomorrow. I find I have my most dramatic days and best results when I start with the more difficult things. When you delay making important decisions, they often get made for you."
According to the article, "As both the healthcare system and the legal system become more complex, Milazzo's firm trains nurses to provide medical expertise to attorneys on health-related cases." Vickie encourages nurses to develop core competencies that can help them make the transition to business. She reminds readers, "The ones who make their career dreams come true are the nurses who put action to their dreams. A vision without action is nothing more than a hallucination."
Be sure you have the tools you need to put your career dreams into action. Contact the success coaches at the Vickie Milazzo Institute today, toll-free at 800.880.0944.
The alumni newsletter for the University of St. Thomas (UST), Houston, interviewed alumna Vickie L. Milazzo, RN, MSN, JD. Vickie, who earned her bachelor's degree in nursing from UST, was profiled for a "Great Grad" feature article in the June 2002 UST Insider.
The article, "Prescription for Success," reports that, "Like many children, Vickie L. Milazzo aspired to several careers." Vickie is quoted as saying, "I wanted to be a lawyer, teacher, journalist, all kinds of things. Probably because of my dad's coronary, I chose nursing."
As the article relates, Vickie is proof that childhood career dreams can come true. She merged her other passions of law, speaking, journalism and entrepreneurship to pioneer legal nurse consulting for RNs. She has even slipped her love of travel into her vision of revolutionizing nursing careers one RN at a time. Vickie travels the nation certifying legal nurse consultants through her trademark programs. In addition, she is the author of numerous books.
A feature article on Women.com showcased Vickie L. Milazzo, RN, MSN, JD, discussing the career path that laid the foundation for her success. This in-depth interview explored the first jobs and current occupations of three professional women in very different industries.
As the pioneer of legal nurse consulting, Vickie is a perfect example of someone who turned her first job into an opportunity for career growth and prosperity. "Every job you have can be a valuable learning experience," observes Vickie. "It's up to you to master the lessons from each endeavor."
"Put nursing, law and business together and what do you get?" asks Minority Nurse magazine, the career and education resource for the minority nursing profession. Their answer is, "The exciting field of legal nurse consulting!"
In her interview with Minority Nurse about the legal nurse consulting profession, Vickie L. Milazzo, RN, MSN, JD, shared, "The door is wide open, whether nurses want to work for employers or independently.... There's no limit. You can take it wherever you want to go."
Graduates of the Institute's CLNC® Certification Program also commented in the "Legal Eagles" article, stating that "the education and mentoring they received through the Vickie Milazzo Institute gave them the tools to get started in the field."
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