University of the Virgin Islands (UVI) professor and program chair for the School of Nursing Dr. Celia Nurse has made history as the first certified legal nurse consultant (CLNC) in the U.S. Virgin Islands. Legal nurse consultants are registered nurses who use existing knowledge and expertise as healthcare professionals along with specialized legal nurse consultant training to consult on medical related legal cases. 

“I hope to remind all nurses in the territory that, in nursing, the more education you have, the more options you have and the more you can positively impact quality patient centered care on broader scales,” said Dr. Nurse. 

“On behalf of the faculty, staff, and students at the School of Nursing, I wish to extend our congratulations to Dr. Nurse on this accomplishment,” said Dr. Mary Beverely Lansiquot, dean of the School of Nursing.  “I have no doubt that the knowledge gained from this certification course will enhance the content related to the legal aspects of nursing in delivery of the courses she teaches.  As an alumna of the UVI School of Nursing, Dr. Nurse makes all UVI alumni proud.” 

According to more than $1.3 million attorneys in the United States work closely with legal nurse consultants as the nursing and healthcare system experts on litigation teams. Achieving certification as a legal nurse consultant enhances the credibility of the services provided by nurses on litigation teams and the certification is recognized by attorneys nationally. Legal nurse consultants are also able to provide consultation services with pharmaceutical and insurance companies, hospitals, and other medical-related organizations. 

More information is available in a news release on the Media Section of the UVI - and from this direct link.