By Yasmen Simonian, PhD, MLS(ASCP)CM
This is my last article as the President of the NAACLS Board of Directors. It was over twenty years ago when I started as a reviewer, site visitor, RCAP member, PARC member and then on to the Board of Directors. It has been an educational and highly rewarding journey. I have learned a lot, shared a lot, and participated in various professional presentations and meetings. Nonetheless and more importantly, I have met great colleagues and individuals that have evolved into lifetime friendships. Thank you NAACLS for this valuable opportunity.
As a dean of a Health Professions College, I have many opportunities to be a part of and see firsthand the accreditation processes of eight different departments in healthcare from the beginning to the end. It is with great pleasure and pride that I can say our NAACLS rocks!
The success of NAACLS depends on many variables. When they say, “it takes the village” it really does as far as NAACLS is concerned. Here is why. It starts with talented, knowledgeable and caring staff who stay current in their areas of expertise. In addition, they create educational materials for assisting the program directors and our volunteer reviewers including site visitors, reviewers, committee members and all other valued volunteers. Without the hard work, input and participation of our volunteers, NAACLS would not exist. We are extremely grateful for everyone’s contributions.
Although I will no longer be the President of the Board of Directors, I will continue to volunteer my time and efforts to NAACLS. As the need for global networking and requests become more apparent, I would like the opportunity to stay connected and participate as needed.
I would like to extend my gratitude once again for all of you and wish you well in your future endeavors. As Yoda always says, “May the force be with you.” And Spock reminds us to “Live long and prosper.”