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Nurse Attorney

BSN and JD

Nurse Attorneys have earned both their nursing and law degrees, so they can represent medical professionals in court, or work to change healthcare policies. Nurse Attorneys who choose a courtroom career, can help doctors or nurses involved in malpractice suits, and consult on disputes with insurance companies. The individuals who choose a career in health can advocate healthcare policies, lobby for nursing associations or help inform lawmakers on important issues within the healthcare industry. As a Nurse Attorney, you can also work as a writer, or editor, for professional nursing and legal journals.

Things You'll Do:

  • Represent healthcare professionals in court
  • Analyze personal injury or insurance claims
  • Be an expert witness in medical legal cases
  • Advocate healthcare policies

Your job characteristics:

  • Fast-paced
  • Multifaceted
  • Structured
  • Patient-facing
  • Managerial
  • Independent

How You'll Get There
  • Get Your
    Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)
  • Pass Your
    National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN)
  • Work as a Registered Nurse, getting clinical experience before applying to law school.
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  • Pass Your
    Law School Admissions Test (LSAT)
  • Get Your
    Juris Doctor degree (JD)
  • Pass Your
    State bar licensing exam
  • Become a
    Nurse Attorney

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  • Where You
    Can Work

    • Law firms
    • Hospitals
    • Health insurance companies

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    Can Expect

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