• IAFN Member Kristy Schwetman Honored

    Schwetman, an emergency room nurse at Lourdes Hospital, was presented an award for her work as a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) at the 13th annual Sexual Assault Awareness & Prevention Month Awards
  • Pamela Holtzinger is still fighting to protect women!

    Since the mid-1990s, strangulation has been identified as one of the most lethal forms of domestic violence and one that carries significant risk of medical complications, according to the Training Institute on Strangulation Prevention in San Diego.
    Despite the inherent dangers, Holtzinger said, no one in the county, or even the state, was considering it as an event that could place a patient at a higher risk of death.
  • IAFN Member Kara Boll is continuing the battle to fight for victims of sexual assault

    The battle to fight for victims of sexual assault is ongoing in Idaho. From medical attention to sexual assault evidence kits, and putting laws in place to protect the victims.
  • 2018 Call for IAFN Conference Abstract Submissions and Reviewers

  • Call for Committee Volunteers

    Volunteers play an important role in achieving an effective and progressive IAFN. All volunteers on IAFN committees are representing the members of this association
  • IAFN Board appoints new CEO

    On behalf of the Board of Directors of the International Association of Forensic Nurses (IAFN), I am pleased to announce that we have unanimously selected Jennifer Pierce Weeks, RN, SANE-A, SANE-P, to serve as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of IAFN.
  • New AAP Policy Statement on Global Human Trafficking and Child Victimization

    The American Academy of Pediatrics has just released a new policy statement on trafficking and child victimization.  It can be found here:
  • Happy Forensic Nurses Week

    Check out all of the EXCITING resources available to help you celebrate.

    Download one of our colorful banners to post on your website.
    Send a thank-you note to a forensic nurse or how about a certificate of appreciation for sharing their compassion.
    You can contact the media with the 2017 Personalized Press Release.
    Or, email your local representative to bring awareness to the specialty.

    All of this and more are now available in the 2017 Planning Guide
  • 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 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.