Thirteen legal nurse consultants of West Virginia met on Wednesday, January 24, 2001 to discuss and initiate the formation of the first American Association of Legal Nurse Consultants Chapter in the state of West Virginia. We were welcomed as an official chartered chapter on August 1, 2001 and designated as Chapter #51 with the name West Virginia Upper Ohio Valley Chapter.
The chapter has partnered with the Wheeling Academy of Law and Science to share legal/medical education for liability and litigation issues. The two organizations intend to push a common goal of professionalism and effective fact-finding to support fair legal medical liability outcomes. The academy and contributing lawyers expect to strengthen the Ohio Valley’s commitment to fair and just legal representation and medical practice considerations.
Although the West Virginia Upper Ohio Valley Chapter has a relatively short history, its achievements have been impressive. The chapter provides continuing education, dynamic networking opportunities and assisted with the founding of the Legal Nurse Consultant Section of the West Virginia Bar Association. This marked the first time a bar association was extended an invitation of membership to legal nurse consultants. The installation links medical and legal professional educational information sharing.
West Virginia Upper Ohio Valley Chapter of the AALNC
The American Association of Legal Nurse Consultants (AALNC) is a not-for-profit membership organization dedicated to the professional enhancement and growth of registered nurses practicing in the specialty of legal nurse consulting and to advance the nursing specialty. AALNC is the preeminent resource for professionals with an interest in the legal nurse consulting arena, including novice and veteran legal nurse consultants.
The West Virginia Upper Ohio Valley Chapter strives to achieve the goals of the parent organization:
- To promote the professional advancement of registered nurses practicing in a consulting capacity within the legal arena
- To provide networking opportunities, educational advancement, professional development and certification through the American Legal Nurse Consultant Certification Board (ALNCCB)
- To serve as a resource for information on matters relating to legal aspects of nursing and health care law