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Nurse Attorney

A Nurse Attorney represents medical professionals in court, or works to change policies within the healthcare system.
Required education
BSN and JD
React and make decisions quickly in demanding conditions.
Work on your own or even start your own practice, in some states.
Lead, guide and support other nurses so they can provide the best care.
Work hands-on, directly with patients.
Follow a routine that allows you to anticipate and prepare for every situation.
Take on different tasks, patients, and situations every day.
You’ll be licensed as both a Registered Nurse and an attorney, with a variety of career choices in health or law.
Nursing bag, medication, and signs cartoon graphic
What you’ll do


You’ll review medical records and analyze personal injury and insurance claims.


You’ll also work as a writer or editor for professional nursing and legal journals.


You’ll teach healthcare staff about the rules and regulations associated with their job.


You’ll represent healthcare providers in malpractice cases and lobby for change in the healthcare industry.


You’ll appear in courtrooms as an expert healthcare witness.

Where you’ll work
  • Clinics
  • Education
  • Government
  • Hospitals
  • Insurance companies
  • Law firms
  • Patients’ homes
  • Private practices
How to become a Nurse Attorney


Pass the NCLEX-RN.


Work as a Registered Nurse, gaining clinical experience before applying to law school.


Pass the law School Admissions Test.


Get your Juris Doctor degree (JD) and pass your State Bar Licensing Exam.


You’re ready to work as a Nurse Attorney.

Join an Organization
Become a member of a Nurse Attorney organization to find career opportunities, learn from your colleagues, and support the profession.
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