Nurse Attorneys hold both a nursing (BSN) and law (JD) degree, making them qualified to provide legal representation for healthcare professionals in the courtroom, or taking on the task of changing, advocating and enforcing healthcare policies. These specialized attorneys can represent physicians or nurses in malpractice cases, and speak on their behalf concerning insurance company disputes.
Nurse attorneys not interested in being inside a courtroom can pursue a role as an advocate who deals with healthcare policy, educates legislators on significant matters within the healthcare sector, or lobbying for various organizations and associations related to nursing. This profession also allows you to work as a publisher or editor for healthcare journals and publications.
Primary roles include serving as attorney for healthcare professionals in court, evaluating personal injury or insurance cases, acting as an expert witness in healthcare related lawsuits, and upholding healthcare regulations.
Primary characteristics include being a “mover and a shaker”, multi-dimensional, organized, patient-facing, administrative and autonomous.
A BSN and Juris Doctor (JD) degree is required to become a Nurse Attorney. The JD degree first requires you pass the LSAT to get into law school followed by passing a state bar exam after school in order to be licensed to practice as an attorney.
There is no designated certification required to practice as a Nurse Attorney.
Salaries can range from $60,000 for entry level nurse attorneys up to over $200,000 with senior or lead positions.