Journal of Legal Nurse Consulting Summer 2020: President's Update

Dear AALNC Members,

I have restarted this update to you, the members of AALNC, multiple times. When I look back at the messages from past Presidents there is always a positive and happy report of the wonderful experiences at the AALNC Educational Forum, the networking opportunities, the new friendships.

This year, speaking to you now in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, our world is completely different. We know that our lives will likely not be the same when we "reach the other side" of this public health emergency. We all know fellow health care providers who are on the front lines in this battle. I know some of you are personally facing these unthinkable conditions. All i can wish for is safety and good health for you and your families. I also wish the same for all those families in our world who have been affected: that they have the opportunity to return to their families, go back to their jobs, and most especially that they have an opportunity to grieve for their losses.

Rather than spending time with regrets, I would like to speak about looking forward to our future.

Our goal as an organization remains the same today as it was at the start of the year: to serve as your professional home. I am confident AALNC will remain the touchpoint for legal nurse consultants. As many organizations are doing, AALNC is carefully evaluating our resources and plans, identifying responsible actions to ensure viability long past this season.

While this situation is not what any of us had expected or planned, we also know change can simply mean opportunity. Your Board of Directors and Executive Staff team are deeply committed, not just to AALNC, but to what we stand for as an organization. We are a community of nurses, colleagues, and friends. Preserving the heart of our organization also means we are looking to each of you to reach out and keep connecting. When we look back at the end of this time in our lives, what we will remember most are the people who helped get us through it. I have never been more proud to be a part of an organization that not only enables connection, but truly wants you to belong.

The Forum Committee, the Director of Programs and our executive staff worked so hard to put together an incredible Forum this year. Their disappointment in not being able to stage the Forum needs to be acknowledged (as well as all of their hard work). They immediately met this unprecedented decision, although it was so painful, which support and efforts to turn this situation into new opportunities. Despite the disappointment, I also believe we will produce innovation and new ways of bringing learning to our membership, both this year and next.

Remember, we had some wonderful things hapen in the past year.

  • Our 4th Edition of Principles and Practices hit the shelves and has been selling consistently.
  • The Professional Development Center continues to attract visitors to use our professional educational programs.
  • Due to the hard work of the Director of Programs, AALNC once again received ANCC accreditation, this year with distinction!
  • As I hope you are aware, we launched our new member benefit, our Shared Interest Groups in May. These communities specialize in Personal Injury, Expert Witness and Report Writing. If you haven't participated yet, I encourage all of you to do so. You'll never know what you might learn from a fellow LNC.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank Elizabeth Murray, our outgoing President, for her leadership and dedication to AALNC. Beth's quick thinking and organizational skills kept the Board of Directors cohesive and aligned during this critical year. Beth, the Board of Directors and I thank you and look forward to having you on the board for another year as our Past President. I would also like to say thank you to Kim Beladi, AALNC's Past President, for her hard work and many years of service and dedication to AALNC. Kim, you will be missed.

To close, I know that this will be a year of many potential unknowns,but also one of new beginnings. What worked before may need to be adjusted to address our new normal. Please know that AALNC will be here to support you and guide you through it, providing education, information, and a network for all LNCs. We remain resourceful, diverse, and strong together. And, most importantly, we remain hopeful and enthusiastic about all the great things we will achieve.

 

Laura Nissim, RN, MS, CNS, LNCC

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