Announcements

  • 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: http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/early/2017/11/22/peds.2017-3138
  • 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 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