What is there to say about the AALNC Annual Forum in Louisville? To sum it up in one word taken from a cartoon character of my childhood, Tony the Tiger, “Great”! I acknowledge memories that transcend time and for certain, this event will be timeless for me. Learning sessions, networking opportunities, chance encounters with new friends, support from individuals who were Linked In connections . . . I found all of this in Louisville.

From the kickoff session on small bowel obstruction with Dr. Stephen Cohen, to Standard of Care vs. Right Care with Dr. Kayur Patel, the presenters had me on the edge of my seat. RaDonda Vaught was the epitome of Bravery as she shared her real-world story of clinical tragedy infused by systemic breakdown. Details about bariatric surgery that make a difference during litigation, from a noted surgeon, Dr. Emma Patterson; it was all there in Louisville.

Our own established and ‘seasoned’ members shared the wisdom of their experience with us. Suzanne Southwick on litigation, tips on preparing expert witnesses by Jane Shufro, and the LNC as mediator by Jaimee Gerrie, participants mined the gold exposed during the presentations.

As a Wound Ostomy and Continence Nurse, I was not alone! I found several LNCs who share my passion for this specialty, such as Rhonda Sullivan who spoke on avoidable limb loss.

There was a wealth of opportunities for networking from our initial reception to meet and greet between sessions. Everyone was open and receptive to sharing their journey on becoming an LNC. The atmosphere was warm and welcoming, regardless of whether this was your first Forum or your tenth!

In my experience, the AALNC is a diverse community of experienced registered nurses committed to supporting one another and improving care delivery by merging the medical and legal worlds. The forum provided a platform for participants to share experiences, learn from each other, and build bridges for positive change in the healthcare system. Overall, it was a valuable opportunity to gain insights and knowledge from other professionals. Many thanks to the Forum Planning Committee for their generosity.

I’m already in anticipation of the Annual Forum 2024 in Pittsburgh!