Engaging the Faith-Based Nurse: Exploring Nursing as Ministry.


Listen to the webinar from authors Kristen Mauk and Mary Hobus, Engaging the Faith-Based Nurse: Exploring Nursing as Ministry.

Nursing as Ministry provides the foundations of Christian nursing as ministry, taking an interprofessional perspective with 29 contributors from backgrounds in theology, nursing, medicine, social work, and pastoral ministry. Designed to be a student-friendly textbook for faith-based schools, this first edition text focuses on the spiritual aspects of patient care, providing practical information ministering to specific populations. The reader is guided through topics such as homelessness, substance abuse, community health, vulnerable elders, prison ministry, culturally sensitive care, and more. Additionally, the text is designed to guide the reader through their own spiritual journey, with personal reflection questions in each chapter to help students and nurses to internalize the content.

With a need for a contemporary, evidence-based text on nursing ministry, this first edition offers an abundance of resources including critical reasoning exercises, interviews with nurse leaders, case studies, suggestions for faith integration in daily nursing care, and more.

Features and Benefits:

Video interviews with Christian nursing leaders
Scripture integrated throughout the chapters
Personal stories of nurse leaders woven throughout the text
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By |2022-12-20T20:02:02-05:00January 9th, 2023|News Posts|Comments Off on Engaging the Faith-Based Nurse: Exploring Nursing as Ministry.

Guest Blog: How You Become A Legal Nurse Consultant


Legal nurse consultants are registered nurses who specialize in the legal field. They work as consultants for attorneys, insurance agencies, and other companies that deal with legal matters. The duties of a legal nurse consultant can vary from one consulting firm to another; however, most require you to interview plaintiffs and witnesses and document their responses on case files. You also need to take notes on the information from depositions or interviews and prepare reports for your clients based on your findings. This article will help you understand what a Legal Nurse Consultant does, as well as give your insight into what it takes to become one.

What is a Legal Nurse Consultant?

A legal nurse consultant is an expert witness who provides guidance to attorneys on injury cases related to healthcare and medical devices. Legal nurse consultants work on a contractual basis and are often hired by law firms to put together a case against a healthcare entity, such as a hospital or drug manufacturer, that is the defendant in a civil lawsuit. The role of a legal nurse consultant is to review medical records, speak to patients, and review a wide range of materials that attorneys may use to support their claims. A legal nurse consultant can also testify in court, if necessary. Legal nurse consultants are often seen as a crucial part of the pre-trial discovery process.

What Does a Legal Nurse Consultant Do?

As a legal nurse consultant, you could find yourself conducting interviews with patients who’ve suffered injuries and/or death due to medical negligence or errors including IVF in hospital etc. You may also be called upon to examine and review medical records and/or other documents related to the case. Depending on your job duties and the needs of your employer, you could be conducting many different activities that make up the day-to-day life of a legal nurse consultant. Some of the tasks you might be responsible for as a legal nurse consultant include:

– Reviewing medical records to determine if they are accurate and complete – Carrying out physical examinations of patients to document findings

– Interviewing witnesses or clients (under oath) to determine the facts of their cases

– Writing reports summarizing your findings and observations

– Testifying in court about your findings and recommendations

How to Become a Legal Nurse Consultant

To become a legal nurse consultant, you first need to become a registered nurse. You can then gain additional experience by working in a variety of healthcare fields, including oncology, emergency room, and critical care. Nurses who have worked in these areas can better understand the pressures and challenges that can occur in these environments. Some organizations recommend that you have at least five years of experience as a nurse before you apply to become a legal nurse consultant. Most legal nurse consulting firms require that you have experience in a clinical setting. The more experience you have working in different areas of health care, the better your chances of being hired.

Courses You Need to Become a Legal Nurse Consultant

Legal nurse consultants must have a bachelor’s degree in nursing and pass a certification exam. There are two certification options that you can take to become a legal nurse consultant: – Registered Nurse Certification Exam: The National Certification Board for Health Care Providers (NCB) offers a Registered Nurse certification exam that covers numerous topics, including health promotion, health assessment, pharmacology, medical terminology, and infection control. You can take this exam either through the mail or online.

Certification Options for Becoming a Legal Nurse Consultant

Legal nurse consultants are not required to be certified or licensed. However, the more education and experience you have in the field, the better your chances of landing a job as a legal nurse consultant, or you can take online tuition for more knowledge. If you’re interested in becoming a legal nurse consultant, you can gain experience as a legal nurse consultant with a consulting firm that offers internships. While working as an intern, you can gain valuable insight into the role of a legal nurse consultant. You can also network with attorneys and gain valuable experience that may help you land a job in this field after you graduate. Once you graduate, you can also apply for a job as a legal nurse consultant at a law firm. You may need to take the certification exam before you can start working as a consultant. You can find out more about how to become a legal nurse consultant by contacting attorneys in your area, contacting consulting firms.


Legal nurse consultants help attorneys build cases against healthcare providers by interviewing patients and reviewing medical records. They are crucial during the discovery process and can testify about their findings in court. Becoming a legal nurse consultant requires a bachelor’s degree in nursing, plus two years of experience. You can then take the Certified Legal Nurse Consultant Exam offered by the Health Lawyers Association.

By |2022-08-01T13:02:57-05:00August 1st, 2022|Dr. Mauk's Boomer Blog, News Posts|Comments Off on Guest Blog: How You Become A Legal Nurse Consultant

Guest Blog: Why You Need a Geriatric Nurse Practitioner

It is no surprise that baby boomers are entering the elderhood phase of their lives, which often means seeking medical care or advice for themselves or for their aged parents. The role of the Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner (AGNP) is quickly becoming more relevant as America’s older population is expected to grow from 15% to 24% over the next 30 years. With life expectancy increasing from 68 years old in 1950 to 79 years in 2013, the expertise of the AGNP is more valuable than ever as healthcare faces this “Silver Tsunami.”

AGNPs are trained to provide care across the continuum of adulthood from young adults to the frail elderly as a reflection to changes made to the national certification exams in 2013, which combined the adult and gerontological specialties into one certification. However, many AGNPs and still-certified Gerontological NPs choose to specialize in the elderly population, (those older than 65) with specific focus areas or competencies related to the aging adult.

Nurse practitioners who specialize in adult and gerontological care can further their specialization by choosing a primary care or acute care concentration. No matter the setting, the AGNP provides multi-disciplinary care to treat the entire individual, not just their health concerns. As there are many facets of aging to consider, the AGNP addresses the physical, psychological and social aspects of aging not only to treat conditions, but to educate patients and the community on preserving function and preventing injury or further decline. Depending on the state in which they practice, AGNPs typically work with a supervising physician under standardized procedures in order to assess, diagnose, treat and prescribe medications.

Many studies have shown that patients are very happy to receive care from nurse practitioners in a variety of settings, including palliative care. Education regarding options for end-of-life care is typically managed by AGNPs in the acute care, post-acute care, home care, long-term care and primary care settings. As educating patients and populations is a cornerstone of the nursing profession, advanced-practice nurses such as AGNPs offer expert knowledge to guide patients and their families through the challenging maze of end-of-life planning. The role of the Adult-Gerontological Nurse Practitioner has never been more valid or necessary as the U.S. begins to feel the surge of the silver tsunami.

Catherine Burger, BSN, MSOL, RN is a board-certified nurse executive leader and contributing writer for

By |2022-04-17T19:12:32-05:00April 19th, 2022|Dr. Mauk's Boomer Blog, News Posts|Comments Off on Guest Blog: Why You Need a Geriatric Nurse Practitioner