Vicki D. Lachman, PhD, MBE, APRN, FAAN is President of V.L. Associates. After completing her BSN and then her graduate degree in psychiatric nursing at the University of Pennsylvania, she obtained a doctoral degree in education in 1983 from Temple University. The focus of her program was on organizational development and since then she has consulted with over 350 healthcare organizations and has given over 2,500 presentations at various organizations and conferences. Having served as a trustee for 16 years and then as chair of the board at Chestnut Hill Hospital, she understands the balancing act of margin and mission. Presently, she serves as a trustee on the Cape Regional Medical Center board and on its Foundation board. She is certified as nurse executive, advanced since 1989.
In 2002, she completed a Masters in Bioethics from the University of Pennsylvania, with a focus on the ethical issues at end-of-life. Since 2008, Dr. Lachman has served on the American Nurses Association Center for Ethics and Human Rights Advisory Board. She also serves on an ethics committee and writes the quarterly Ethics, Policy and Law column in the MedSurg Nursing Journal. Dr. Lachman retired from Drexel University as a Clinical Professor in College of Nursing and Health Professions in June 2013. Her primary responsibility was teaching ethics in the DNP, MSN, and PA departments.
Dr. Lachman has authored over 100 publications and her third book, Ethical Challenges in Healthcare: Developing Your Moral Compass, was released in June 2009 by Springer Publishing. The majority of her publications are on leadership and ethics topics. This most recent book forms the underpinning for the personal development of the virtue moral courage and the formation of an ethical organizational culture. In 2011, she was inducted as a fellow into The American Academy of Nursing, as recognition of her international work on moral courage.