Stacey A. Mitchell, DNP, MBA, RN, SANE-A, SANE-P, FAAN is a member AALNC's Education Institutions Task Force. The task force's mission is to further AALNC's educational resources in educational institutions. Dr. Mitchell has an extensive career in medicine, with a Master's Degree in Nursing, focused on trauma and forensic nursing. Additionally, in response to her experience in the field, Dr. Mitchell frequently speaks at training seminars and provides expert testimony regarding forensic nursing, sexual assault, child abuse and trauma.
Tell us a little bit about your history in legal nurse consulting.
I have been consulting for attorneys for 20 years. I had not considered a career in legal nurse consulting until a criminal defense attorney contacted me to look at a case. He had been referred to me by one of the local prosecutors. It was a great experience. I learned so much about records review, developing demonstrative evidence, and educating the attorney who knew nothing about child sexual abuse. Since then, I’ve worked on many criminal cases and expanded to include wrongful death, and occupational injury cases.
Why did you become a member of the Educational Institutions Task Force?
I answered the call for member participation because I felt this is such an important task force. This is an excellent opportunity for education institutions to take advantage of the many resources the organization has developed.
What goals did you have when joining the Educational Institutions Task Force?
At first, I was not sure what to expect. I just knew there were so many possibilities. As we began working, I wanted to make sure that educational institutions, colleges, universities, etc. are introduced to AALNC and the resources that may help them deliver high quality education to students. It is challenging to develop a course from scratch. But, having AALNC resources makes it so much easier.
What makes AALNC’s educational resources unique from its competitors’ resources?
AALNC’s resources are just phenomenal! The text is filled with current information shared by experts in the field. The Journal of Legal Nurse Consulting always has something interesting. Everything is so well done and full of information that may be incorporated immediately into practice.
In one sentence, why would you recommend AALNC’s educational resources to a colleague or someone who is interested in legal nurse consulting?
AALNC’s resources are the best! I have learned so much and use them all the time.
Is there anything else you’d like to share about AALNC?
As a professional organization, AALNC provides relevant information for the practicing LNC. It is a great network of professionals who are generous with their knowledge and I am excited to be a member!