According to recent statistics, the Houston area is struggling with an ongoing nursing shortage of 4,000 to 5,000 full-time RNs, meaning that nursing jobs need to be filled quickly. On top of this, the Texas Board of Nursing reports that nearly 3,000 hospital beds are in the process of being added to the Houston market, so demand for nurses will be even greater soon, especially those with experience. Houston is home of the famous Texas Medical Center, and its largest hospital is The Methodist Hospital.
Legal nurse consultants (LNCs) lend their nursing experience and expertise to attorneys to help with the medical aspects of their cases. Several organizations and agencies exist for legal nurse consultants, though the main professional LNC organization is the American Association of Legal Nurse Consultants. The Legal Nurse Consultant Certified (LNCC) program is maintained by the American Legal Nurse Consultant Certification Board (ALNCCB) and is accredited by the American Board of Nursing Specialties (ABNS). A registered nurse can also become a Certified Legal Nurse Consultant (CLNC), but this credential is not recognized by the American Board of Nursing Specialties (ABNS).