Legal Nurse Investigators all over the world have moved into positions in order to conduct unbiased and fact-finding investigations occurring on or about Hospital and Health Care Properties. The Special Investigations Unit (SIU), at most major Hospitals, provide services to victims of domestic or workplace violence which may include: court escorts for restraining orders and other appearances, work and home security surveys, threat assessments, and personal safety planning.
The growing need for facilities to keep a Nurse Investigator/Claims Analyst on staff is on the rise, especially in nursing homes. Some feel the nursing home inspection process is full of corruption. There are constant violations against nursing homes regarding abuse and negligence. For example, according to a June 3, 2009 story in West Palm Beach, FL, a resident was treated for a broken leg with a cast. The wound should have been treated every three days according to the state inspection report. However, the Nurse Investigator discovered the nursing home addressed the wound only once a week after documentations had been evaluated. The nursing home was fined $16,000 by state regulators for the negligence of the resident, who was found lying prone on the floor, injured, with maggots crawling out of the cast. As you can see, these positions are crucial in order to investigate facilities tampering with medical records, fraud, malpractice, and negligence.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, between 2008 and 2018 there is an expected increase of 22% in the nursing employment industry, including Legal Nurse Investigators. This increase in opportunities will provide numerous positions in various healthcare settings including hospitals, private firms, residential health centers, and as an entrepreneurial business.
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