Vicki Lachman, Ph.D., MBE, APRN, FAAN

Biography: 

President, V.L. Associates, Health Care and Business Consultation, Training, and Coaching, Avalon, NJ and Sarasota, FL
Clinical Professor, College of Nursing and Health Professions, Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA (retired June 2013)

Vicki D. Lachman is president of V. L. Associates, a consulting, training, and coaching firm specializing in the constantly changing needs of the health care industry. An expert in organizational development she has had extensive experience as a consultant to more than 350 medical centers, community hospitals, long-term care facilities, hospices, and offices of health care practitioners.

In 2002, Dr. Lachman completed a Masters in Bioethics from the University of Pennsylvania. Her focus was on organizational ethics and end-of-life ethical dilemmas. She serves on a hospital ethics committee and acts as a consultant on a variety of ethical problems. Dr. Lachman is a trainer for the EPEC and ELNEC curriculums (end-of-life care). Her books, Applied Ethics in Nursing (2005) and Ethical Challenges in Health Care: Developing Your Moral Compass (2009) provide useful information on managing ethical issues.

Dr. Lachman has earned a national reputation for her keen insight into problems impeding the effectiveness of health care organizations and as a developer of innovative strategies for addressing these problems. Training, systems development, and one-on-one coaching are among the methods she utilizes to assist client organizations achieve their objectives. Dr. Lachman has made over 3,000 presentations to organizations and conferences on a variety of topics. She is known for her practical, dynamic, and thought-provoking presentations.

Dr. Lachman's understanding of the dynamics of health care organizations is derived from academic, clinical, and managerial experience gained from more than 35 years of involvement in this field. She is a Masters graduate of the University of Pennsylvania in psychiatric nursing and also holds a PhD in education from Temple University, where her focus was on organizational development. She is also ANNC certified as a nurse executive, advanced and as a psychiatric clinical specialist.

As the author of over 100 articles and book chapters, Dr. Lachman has appeared on radio, television, and satellite conference programs where she has offered expert advice.

Dr. Lachman's skills are a unique blend of first-hand practical experience and academic training, and has produced creative and cost-effective results for clients in today's demanding health care climate.

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