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Forensic Nursing Certificate Forensic nursing is a field open to RNs with a deep interest in investigative sciences and a passion for victim advocacy. This can be exciting work if you’re comfortable offering medical assessments at crime or accident scenes. Certified forensic nurses examine and provide care for survivors of assaults, disasters, abuse and negligence. You’ll be called in to determine causes of injuries and deaths, discover or help decide who’s responsible for a victim’s care, and make appropriate referrals and follow-ups. A membership survey of International Association of Forensic Nurses indicates that you could earn from $55 to $300 per hour. Job opportunities for forensic nurses exist primarily with hospitals, law enforcement agencies, and independent practice.
Legal Nurse Consulting Certificate A Legal Nurse Consultant (LNC) might be RN who handles data collected by a forensic nurse, without actually handling patients. Thorough and timely information is just as important as hands-on care. You’ll thrive as an LNC if your nursing education and clinical experience are a natural fit with your research skills and interest in legalities of health care. Through your ability to identify standards of care, review medical records and interview witnesses, you’ll be a valuable team member in malpractice lawsuits, medical insurance claims, and workers’ compensation cases. Completing this certificate program will qualify you to work in law firms, insurance companies, HMOs, government agencies, or independent practice. A compensation survey by American Association of Legal Nurse Consultants shows its members earning hourly fees ranging from $70 to $200.
Case Management Certificate Case Managers play a similar role to GCMs and LCPs, assessing and coordinating health and human services for patients with a wide range of needs. With your Kaplan certificate you’ll plan and manage patient care, research cost-effective options, be point person on team of specialists that you assemble, and support your client’s family with information and suggestions. RNs, therapists, rehabilitation counselors and social workers are a natural fit for this career. Based on a survey by Case Management Society of America and ADVANCE for Providers of Post-Acute Care, starting salaries in this growing profession might be $55,000 for government agencies and insurance carriers, and at least $75,000 for home health agencies or through independent practice.
Education on Your Terms These Health Care Pathways certificate programs can be completed in about 12 months of online self-study. The pace is up to you, and this flexibility leaves room for healthy work-life balance already so critical to busy professionals with family and other personal commitments. You can participate in these programs from anywhere in world with a personal computer, email and Web access, and ability to handle MS Word documents.
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