Announcements

  • Debbie Curtis Says it Takes a Community to Make Change

    Saint Thomas Rutherford Hospital has one nurse who is SANE-certified and two SANE-trained nurses. The local hospital sees an average of two people each week who have been sexually assaulted.

  • Member Victoria Wright-Connor featured in this article about her program in MD.

    Interpersonal Violence and Abuse Prevention forensic nurses must balance humanity with professionalism as they collect evidence from victims who have been sexually, physically, emotionally assaulted

  • Jeanlee Carver is Honored by her Community

    YCC honors Weber County investigators of sexual assault crimes.  Carver has 20 years of experience as a nurse. She’s a director for the Northern Utah Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners, or NUSANE. She specializes in child abuse and neglect for the Weber-Morgan Children's Justice Center.

  • Mindi Kuebler Sheds Light on Human Trafficking

    Last year, the Hotline received 1,352 calls in Ohio, and 375 human trafficking cases were reported, ranking Ohio fourth in reported human trafficking cases behind California, Texas and Florida. Kuebler has been working with Oberlin’s Project Unbound in bringing awareness of local and na­tional human trafficking issues to campus.

  • IAFN Member: Michelle Resendez Honored as 'Inspirational Leader'

    Franciscan Health’s Michelle Resendez, coordinator of the Northern Division’s Center of Hope Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner program, has been honored as an Inspirational Leader in Sexual Assault Prevention and Response by the Indiana Coalition to End Sexual Assault.

  • Malinda Wheeler's Safe Place Program is Making News!

    “Malinda has made a huge difference throughout L.A. and Orange County,” said Jennifer Rivera, a forensic nurse who has worked for Wheeler for six years. “She’s taken sexual-assault exams out of the ER and made it better for the victims.”

  • Our own Mike Holt is the Recipient of the Allied Professional Award

    Justice Department Honors Contributions to Crime Victims' Rights and Services.
    They recognized Mike for working outside the victim assistance field for their service to victims.

  • IAFN Member, Patti McFadden won the The 2016 Nurse’s Touch Award from AIT.

    The 2016 Nurse’s Touch Award Winners were chosen. And, we’re proud to honor Diana Patterson for embodying the spirit of nursing and going above the call of the classroom to train the next generation with kindness and compassion.

  • Wilkie says many trafficking victims "look like any other patient that comes into the ED."

    Tara Wilkie is a forensic nurse examiner with the Fraser Health Authority in BC. "We can't expect people to trust us when they've been in the most untrusting relationships", she says about the women who've been trafficked.

  • IAFN Member Tami Grewell brings a trauma-informed approach to victims

    After the DOJ forced changes in the way Missoula County handled rape allegations, Missoula Police Detective Capt. Michael Colyer played a large role in bringing his department into compliance with the DOJ’s policies on investigating sexual assault cases.

  • IAFN Member Lori Moynihan highlighted in the media

    Ray of Hope relies on Lori Moynihan as our forensic nurse examiner. Colleagues note Lori's incredible ability to connect with child abuse victims and provide care and comfort during an emotionally difficult process. Lori also exudes professionalism and is highly regarded within the legal system.

  • 2017 Award Nominations are Now Open

    Each year, the International Association of Forensic Nurses seeks to honor those who have advanced forensic nursing and enhanced the growth and success of the Association. We request your assistance in this important process.  

  • Patti McFadden receives Nurse’s Touch Award from national organization

    Patti McFadden, associate professor of nursing at Louisiana Tech University, has been named a recipient of the 2017 Nurse’s Touch Award from Assessment Technologies Institute (ATI) Nursing Education.

  • IAFN Member, Tisha Scheuer Requests Funding for Sexual Assault Forensic Examiner Programs

    Tisha Scheuer, executive director of the Central Dakota Forensic Nurse Examiners in Bismarck, said the funding is critical to gathering evidence from victims in a way that does not traumatize them.

  • One Week Left to Sit for the April Certificiation Exam and Save

    Apply to sit for the April 2017 SANE-A® and/or SANE-P® certification exam. Learn more by downloading the 2017 Certification Examination Handbook page at www.ForensicNurses.org. Apply by mail, fax, email, or online by February 7, 2017.

  • Mary Thompson shares her story with the national news

    AS BARBADOS’ LONE trained forensic nurse Mary Thompson has been exposed to the pain of victims of sexual assault and soothed the bruised bodies and minds of battered women and abused children.

  • April 2017 Certification Exam Window Now Open!

    Apply to sit for the April 2017 SANE-A® and/or SANE-P® certification exam.
    Apply by mail, fax, email, or online by February 7, 2017.

  • IAFN Member Kathy Howard educated the public about strangulation

    According to Howard, it's difficult to track the number of strangulation cases since only an estimated three percent of victims seek medical attention. However, statistics suggest strangulation could be a factor in as many as half of all domestic violence cases.

  • Susan Johnson recognized for her work with the March of Dimes 2016 Nurse of the Year award

    As a forensic nurse, the release states that Johnson received the Nurse of the Year honor for her “continued dedication and work on behalf of victims of sexual assault, domestic violence and human trafficking.”

  • Angela F. Amar & L. Kathleen Sekula honored as 2016 STTI award recipients

    A Practical Guide to Forensic Nursing: Incorporating Forensic Principles Into Nursing Practice received two awards: it was awarded first place in the Critical Care/Emergency Nursing category and third place in the Medical-Surgical Nursing category.

  • IAFN Member, Nancy Downing appointed to nine-member Texas Forensic Science Commission

    The overall objective of the commission is to ensure the integrity of forensic claims in Texas, Downing said, by making sure proper methods of evidence analysis are used. Downing said the scope of the commission has grown over the past 10 years.

    "We're so used to DNA being our go-to piece of evidence," Downing said, "but now if there's two or more people mixed in a sample, the specificity is not as accurate as once believed, and new techniques are being developed constantly."

  • IAFN Member, Anne Boatwright Named ANCC Magnet Nurse of the Year

    Awards are presented in each of the five Magnet® Model components: Transformational Leadership; Structural Empowerment; Exemplary Professional Practice; New Knowledge, Innovations and Improvements; and Empirical Outcomes.
    Anne was recognized for her: Transformational Leadership: Anne C. Boatright, MSN, RN, SANE, Nebraska Methodist Hospital, Omaha, Nebraska

  • Did you Dowload Your Forensic Nurses Week Planning Guide?

    How will you celebrate November 7-11, 2016. Check out all the awesome resources available to download today!

  • Emily Huggins named as finalists for the Nightingale Awards of Pennsylvania!

    Huggins, manager of the forensic nurse examiner program at WellSpan York Hospital is a finalist in the Community Nursing category.

  • Best Wishes to the September 2016 SANE Certification Examinees!

  • Angela Amar, PhD, RN, FAAN, has been chosen as a Fellow of the NLN prestigious Academy of Nursing

    As an early pioneer in forensic nursing, Amar helped develop nursing curriculum to better prepare nurses to serve as a first line of defense for survivors of violence and trauma when they enter the health care system. She has helped develop course content and establish national forensic nursing education standards for the International Association of Forensic Nursing. Dr. Amar has also worked with the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) to establish the Advanced Forensic Nursing certification and co-authored an introductory forensic nursing textbook.

  • IAFN Foundation Call for Board Applications

    The IAFN FOUNDATION has called for applications from members to serve on the Foundation Board.
    The Foundation will select up to three (3) people to serve a three-year term as a Board Member. Terms will begin January 1, 2017 - December 31, 2019.

  • Ann Wolbert Burgess is a 'living legend'

    IAFN Member, Ann Wolbert Burgess, a pioneer in the field of forensic nursing and an internationally recognized leader in the treatment of victims of trauma and abuse, has been designated a “Living Legend” by the AAN, the academy’s highest honor.

  • Rebecca Rodriguez and team works with Local agencies collaborate on sexual assault response plan

    How community agencies treat and respond to victims, whether through prosecution of perpetrators or the services that directly deal with their physical and mental needs, helps them to make the transition to becoming survivors, she said.
    “And that’s the goal. We want them to make that transition,” she said.

  • Sally Laskey has been named the new Chief Executive Officer of IAFN

    Sally comes to IAFN with 25 years of violence prevention and victim services experience, most recently serving as Outreach Director for the National Sexual Violence Resource Center. She brings with her 20 years of non-profit management experience focusing on sexual violence.

  • Stacey Mitchell Honored at the Annual Women of Distinction Luncheon

    Stacey A. Mitchell holds a Doctorate in Forensic Nursing. She also holds both a Master and a Bachelor Degree in Nursing. Dr. Mitchell’s career began with providing services to victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, child abuse, elder abuse, trauma and neglect. She has moved through the chairs and served as President of the International Association of Forensic Nurses.

  • Jennifer Mumphord and Leslie Kallus are making a difference in Texas

    A 2013 Texas law mandates that all hospitals with emergency rooms have doctors and nurses trained in basic forensic evidence collection. But the law also requires patients have the choice to go to medical facilities with sexual assault nurse examiners.

  • New Joint Position Statement of ENA and IAFN

    The ENA and IAFN Board's have recently approved the updated Joint Position Statement titled: Adult and Adolescent Sexual Assault Patients in the Emergency Care Setting. Please look for it on our website.

  • Deanna Grundl named Victim Witness Professional of the Year by the state of Wisconsin.

    She leads the SANE program at Aurora Medical Center in Manitowoc County. The Wisconsin Victim Witness Professional of the Year Award is awarded to an individual who has given professional assistance to crime victims while providing them with fair treatment, dignity and respect.

  • Call for Board, Nominating Committee, and CFNC Applicants

    Complete the on-line application below. There is no requirement to have someone nominate you. We prefer you apply for yourself. Deadline for submissions July 27, 2016

  • Brenda Doolittle and team at Aurora are providing care and compassion to WI

    Many hospitals choose not to offer the exams at all. Others offer them as a charitable service. Officials with Aurora, ThedaCare and Mayo Clinic Health System all said their exam programs operate in the red, relying on foundations and other revenue streams to support them.

  • Shannon Berkeley–Scott and her team of forensic nurses are making a difference

    "Across the country, there are programs closing because it’s not financially beneficial for hospitals,” Perkins said.
    Mary Washington Healthcare spends about $300,000 a year on its forensic nursing program, said Eileen Dohmann, senior vice president and chief nursing officer. The program costs about $500,000 to run annually, but some of the expenses are reimbursed by local law-enforcement agencies and by the state.

  • Registration is NOW OPEN for 2016 International Conference on Forensic Nursing Science & Practice

    Thursday, September 29 - Sunday, October 2, 2016
    Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel
    Denver, CO USA

  • Jennifer Keeler is Making a Difference

    Nurse practitioner Jennifer Keeler is the co-ordinator of Chantel’s Place, one of 35 centres in Ontario that specialize in caring for victims of sexual assault and domestic violence.

  • Have you completed the IAFN Annual Membership Survey Yet?

  • Julie Valentine is changing the way West Valley police investigate SA

    Presenting her findings at a news conference Thursday, Julie Valentine, assistant professor of nursing at BYU, explained how she studied the department's use of the protocol for a year. During that time, the number of sexual assault investigations that yielded criminal charges rose to 32 percent compared with 9 percent in the county sample, according to Valentine's research.

  • Rebecca Rodriquez leads a community forum to raise awareness of human trafficking

  • IAFN Members Kelli Clune, Jennifer Combs & Linda Prince working with victims of sex trafficking

    "The hotels on 85, there's quite a few of them. … This is big business," said Kelli Clune, a forensic nursing coordinator at Spartanburg Medical Center. She said Spartanburg's location on the interstate, between Atlanta and Charlotte, makes it an ideal destination for traffickers.

  • Members, Laura Kopacz Lynda Hooley, FNs with Branch County SA Services

    Branch County Sexual Assault Services in the Emergency Department at CHC, has provided medical-forensic services to all victims of sexual assault, men, women and children, since 1999.

  • Members, Laura Kopacz Lynda Hooley, FNs with Branch County SA Services

    Branch County Sexual Assault Services in the Emergency Department at CHC, has provided medical-forensic services to all victims of sexual assault, men, women and children, since 1999.

  • Congratulations to IAFN Lifetime member Melissa Harper for being named Red Cross Medical Hero

    Carilion Clinic Forensic Nurse Melissa Harper is this year’s Medical Hero.

    She was among the first batch of Carilion nurses specifically trained to care for victims of violence who walk into the ER

  • Congratulations to JFN's very own Dr. Anita Hufft on her election to the AACN Board of Directors!

    WASHINGTON, D.C., February 5, 2016 – The American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) is pleased to announce the results of its 2016 election to fill seats on the AACN Board of Directors and Nominating Committee. With votes cast by member deans from the nation's schools of nursing with baccalaureate and higher degree programs

  • Susan Short and Anjie Gibson Offering Vital Services

    The program began in Surrey in 1992 and expanded to Abbotsford in 1999. Since then, patient volumes in Abbotsford have grown considerably, from just 10 in the program’s first year at ARH, to 68 in 2013, and up to 106 last year. Across the province, forensic nursing services vary from stand-alone services like Fraser Health’s, to sexual assault response teams that include examiners.

  • Paulette Lill and her team making a difference

    The region's first sexual assault response team was unveiled this week after last year's statewide changes in the examination, treatment and billing of sexual assault victims.
    It happened Wednesday morning at the St. Tammany Parish Coroner's Office. The initiative has two goals: catching the predator and protecting the victim.

  • A Star is Born - Jenny Black brings awareness to ABC

    Jenny had the great good fortune last summer to share some technical advice with ABC’s American Crime for the current season. The story revolves around a high school sexual assault. Once they realized how valuable she was as a resource (my words) she was cast as the forensic nurse in episode two.
    The first episode ran last week and is available on Hulu and ABC’s site. The exam episode airs next Wednesday night at 9 central. Way to go Jenny

  • Deanna Grundl Launches a Program

    In the last couple months, Grundl has launched a program in Sheboygan that trains nurses to look for signs of domestic violence, connect victims with local resources, and conduct forensic exams that can be used as evidence in court, should a victim choose to go that route.

  • IAFN Member Debbie Mulcahy Appointed to MT Sexual Assault Evidence Task Force



    Montana Attorney General Tim Fox has appointed the final two members of the Sexual Assault Evidence Task Force - including a registered nurse from Kalispell.

  • IAFN's own Annie Lewis-O’Connor featured on Lippincott’s Nursing Center

    “A Nurse on the Move”

  • IAFNs own BOD Sara Jennings recognized in VA

    Sara was selected from a record number of nominees as one of Virginia’s outstanding young nurses because of her achievements in professional practice, leadership, and her positive promotion and advancement of the nursing profession beyond the practice setting.
    Virginia Nurses Foundation’s 40 Under 40 outstanding emerging nurse leaders! Sara will be honored on stageat the 2015 Virginia Nurses Foundation Gala on the evening of November 21 at the Hilton Short Pump in Richmond.
    Congrats

  • Congratulations to IAFN member Jenny Black

    Named First Responder of the Year at the Texas Women in Business

  • IAFN Member and Peer Recognized Nurse Paula Newman-Skomski in the news

    Newman-Skomski works at Everett's Dawson Place, where children go if they're being sexually abused. It's a job you and I probably can't handle, but she's motivated by her own past of sexual abuse at the hands of her stepfather. Years later, everyone's worst nightmare as a parent came true — her daughter was kidnapped.

  • Congratulations to Jennifer Graebe, RN, BSN, SANE-A

    ... on her new position at the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Accreditation Program as the Senior Operations Manager for Primary and Joint Accreditation!

  • CE Discounts Available

    CE Activities associated with the Journal of Forensic Nursing, will be discounted 30% to IAFN members.

  • Riverside County Regional Medical Center in Moreno Valley, CA are making a difference

    2 percent of the patients they see are women and girls, a quarter of them 12 to 17 years old. They also see inmates – both male and female – from state prisons.

  • Let's take a moment to congratulate Bridget Christina Maybury


    Ms. Bridget Maybury was selected by the leadership of her New York Police Pct. (50th Pct) to participate in Citizens Police Academy.
    The graduation was on June 23rd, 2015 in One Police Plaza where the Hon. William J. Bratton NYPD Police Commission presented the certifications.
    Ms. Maybury working with her local Police Pct. to make a positive difference in the Co

  • Colin Harris is recognized as DEAC's 2015 Outstanding Graduate and Famous Alumni

    Colin Harris is a long time member of both IAFN and FNSC. He is a former student in Forensic Health Sciences Option at BCIT and now an instructor in Forensic Health Sciences courses. He has presented at IAFN conference both as a poster presenter and as a session presenter on his work in Occupational Safety. He is also a member of CFNC and now recognized as a distinguished graduate of Aspen University.

  • Virginia's own Jean Cheek and Melissa Harper in the news

    Jean and Melissa just finished serving on the Virginia Governor's College Campus Sexual Violence Task Force

  • Surrey Forensic Nursing Team Helping Victims of Violence Rebuild their Lives

    IAFN member Lynn Gifford leads the team of twenty forensic nurses at SMH. Read about their team and the patients they care for.

  • Susan Wilson working tirelessly to bring expanded SANE services to Halifax

    Susan Wilson, co-ordinator of the Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner program (SANE) at the Avalon Sexual Assault Centre in Halifax, Nova Scotia has been working toward expanding services in her province. Read more about the efforts to bring 2 new programs to the underserved areas of Nova Scotia.

  • Sheila Early's is a Game Changer..

    Early and her colleagues on the ED management team set out to explore ways to provide timely and appropriate care for sexual assault patients.

  • Myna Shegog educates the Navy

    As the subject matter expert for the SAFE kit scene, Shegog reviewed and made recommendations to the script, helped the actors with their verbal and physical communication through the forensic exam process, taught and demonstrated activities that were important to portray accurately in the film and critiqued the actors and film crew.

  • Long time member Judy Common in the news

    Common said 191 patients received SANE exams at Texas Health Plano in 2014. And it is believed that many more sexual assaults go unreported.

    One of eight SANE nurses in the area – four of which work at Texas Health Plano – Common, an emergency nurse with 36 years of experience, said when the specialized need for nursing sexual assault patients arose, she jumped at the chance to be trained.

  • Eileen Caraker will receive the Excellence Award

    Caraker, coordinator of Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners (SANE) in the Gloucester County Prosecutor’s Office, will receive the Excellence Award from the two child abuse training and prevention organizations.

  • Aimee Falkenburg and Lynn Gifford share their dedication

    The Surrey Mobile Assault Response Team (S.M.A.R.T), a partnership between Fraser Health and the Surrey Women's Centre, provides services for women and girls who have experienced physical or sexual violence.

    Learn more about this partnership, and the specialized services offered by the forensic nurses at the Surrey Memorial Hospital.

  • Lynn Gifford and Susan Short featured in great project

    Faces of Courage: Voices of Change weaves together the stories of women escaping violence and the many people who work behind-the-scenes to empower them.
    It is a tribute to all the lives touched by violence.

  • Dolores Krebs, IAFNs own President-Elect

    Was selected as a recipient of a Distinguished Service Award for 2015 from the Rochester Academy of Medicine. She is the first non-physician to receive this award.

  • LCDR Alana Huber and Michelle Ortiz, both Forensic Nurses with the Department of Defense/US Navy

    USU Launches First-Ever DoD Sexual Assault Crime Collection Simulation

  • Debra Mills hits the airwaves

    Vernon Jubilee Hospital has ten specially trained sexual assault nurse examiners on staff. Debra Mills is one of them. She says the hospital sees up to four sexual assault cases a month.

  • Bonnie Price, the longest tenured forensic nurse in the region

    Price hasn’t just survived; she has thrived. In 2014, she received the International Association of Forensic Nurses’ Virginia A. Lynch Pioneer award, the profession’s highest honor, for her contributions to the field.

  • Forensic nurse Linda Walther provides care to victims of sexual assault. Compassion defines her appr

    "If I had found that job 20 years ago, I think I would have been able to do so much more in my career as a sexual assault nurse examiner," Walther said, standing in an exam room at Hennepin County Medical Center. "It's really my passion and what I love doing."

  • Congratulations to IAFN President-elect Dee Krebs who has been selected as a 2015 Fellow of the AANP

    Dee joins a group of leaders whose scholarly and forward thinking contributions have led to meaningful improvements to healthcare and the Nurse Practitioner role.

  • Anita Capillo shares her passion and dedication

    Anita Capillo uses a variety of techniques — compassion, understanding, sometimes even humor — to help put her patients at ease and gain their trust after they've experienced one of the most traumatic situations imaginable.

    "It works every time," Capillo said.

    Read more here: http://www.kentucky.com/2015/03/02/3723177_nurses-in-lexington-program-collect.html?rh=1#storylink=cpy

  • Kelli Clune continues to soar!

    In addition to her Service Award, Kelli Receives Spartanburg County Solicitor’s Award

  • Becky O'Neal sheads light on rape kit backlog

    O’Neal believes every kit should be tested, regardless of whether or not it evolves into evidence for a criminal case.

  • Kelli Clune earns 2014 Bill Barnet Service Above Self Award

  • Paula Newman-Skomski, ARNP has been honored

    Paula has received the following awards

    May 2014 “Spirit of Nursing Award” from Providence Regional Medical Center

    October 2014 “Inspirations Award in Women’s Health” Finalist from the Association of Nurse

    Congratulations Paula!

    Practitioners in Women’s Health (NPWH)

    October 2014 “Community Champion” from Molina Healthcare

    November 2014 “Nurse of the Year for Innovative and Non-traditional Nursing” by the March of Dimes

  • Stacey Mitchell named among the 20 Outstanding Nurses for 2014 by the Texas Nurses Association

    Mitchell, of Magnolia, excels in three areas: leadership, care and expertise. Her accomplishments include experience in critical care, emergency and forensic nursing care, in addition to legal consultations and risk management. She is nationally certified as a sexual assault nurse examiner (SANE) for pediatric and adult patients.

  • IAFN Member Ruth Downing took a leap of faith

    Otterbein’s Alumni Association recognized her with the Special Achievement Award, Downing said she was honored; it’s a measure of how far she’s come as a forensic nurse and an advocate for victims of sexual violence.

  • Aimee Falkenberg, Tara Wilkie and Larena Dodd are making a difference

    They have developed an online training program that helps frontline emergency workers to recognize victims of human trafficking.