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
on August 1, 2001 and designated as Chapter #51 with the name “West
Virginia Upper Ohio Valley Chapter”.
The West Virginia Upper Ohio Valley Chapter strives to achieve the
goals of the parent organization. Those goals are to promote the
professional advancement of registered nurses practicing in a consulting
capacity within the legal arena and to provide a resource for information
on matters relating to legal aspects of nursing and health care law.
Recently the chapter teamed with the Wheeling
Academy of Law and Science to share legal/medical education for liability
issues. The two organizations intend to push a common goal of professionalism
and effective fact-finding to support fair outcomes in the legal
medical liability arena. 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
has provided continuing education and dynamic networking opportunities.
Its nurses assisted with the founding of the Legal Nurse Consultant
Section of the West Virginia Bar Association. This marks the first
time a bar association has extended an invitation of membership to
legal nurse consultants. The installation links medical and legal
professional educational information sharing.