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IAFN Pennsylvania Chapter

Mission:
The mission of the Pennsylvania Chapter of the International Association of Forensic Nurse is to promote evidence-based, best-practice nursing care; support members to establish and maintain forensic nursing programs; create and facilitate quality educational opportunities; advocate for the expertise and integral role of the forensic nurse; and endorse patient-centered, trauma-informed patient care to victims of interpersonal violence in Pennsylvania. 

PA IAFN Member Spotlight

nancy_steil_photo_2.jpg Nancy Steil 

Nancy graduated from Williamsport Hospital School of Nursing with honors in 1971 and attended Jacksonville University’s RN to BSN program. Her nursing practice has been primarily Emergency and Urgent Care, with some ICU-CCU experience. In 1996, she and 2 other RNs attended Inova Health System’s SANE Training; Nancy then co-founded Sexual Assault Forensic Nurse Examiners Team (SAFNET) at Susquehanna Health System (now UPMC Susquehanna). She has been the Coordinator of SAFNET since 2000 and has had the SANE-A certification since 2010.

Nancy is a trainer for Suspect Child Abuse and Neglect for Emergency Medical Services (SCAN EMS) sponsored by the PA Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics since 2004 and presents education about sexual assault, domestic violence, child and elder abuse through various venues (presentations for new nurses in the Emergency Department, community health fairs,  and other lectures).

Nancy is a member of the PA Forensic Nurse Planning Council (PAFPNC), the IAFN and PA IAFN, the Lycoming County MultiDisciplinary Investigative Team for Child Abuse, the Lycoming County Sexual Assault Response Team, the Lycoming County Law Enforcement and Training Association. She was a board member of the Keystone Chapter of the IAFN (now PA IAFN) from 2005-2008, a member of the Wise Options Advisory board (2004-2017), a member of the Lycoming County Domestic Violence TaskForce (2006-2010), a member of the Domestic Violence Awareness Committee (2000-2006) and a member of the PA Sexual Assault Forensic Examiner Advisory Board (1998-2002).

 She also volunteers at and is a board member of the Lycoming Animal Protection Society (LAPS), a no-kill feline adoption and care shelter.



PAST SPOTLIGHT MEMBERS
Faith Mong Faith received an Associate’s Degree in Nursing from Harrisburg Area Community College in 2011 and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing from Duquesne University in 2015. She has been an Emergency Department Registered N urse since 2011 and a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) since 2013. She is certified as an adult/adolescent SANE through the International Association of Forensic Nurses. She is currently employed by PinnacleHealth System as the Forensic Nurse Coordinator and leads a team of forensic nurses in providing sexual assault examinations, forensic photography, domestic violence consultation, and child abuse referrals to three local hospitals 24/7. She provides sexual violence, child abuse, and elder abuse education to local EMS students, crisis advocates, and emergency nurses. Faith is an active member within the community sitting on the Children’s Resource Center’s Advisory Board, Dauphin County Domestic Violence Task Force, and the Cumberland County SART Team. She has provided court testimony and qualified as an expert witness in the Cumberland County Court of Law. 

Cheryl Friedman, CRNP, SANE-P, SANE-A, received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Special Education from Goucher College and her Master’s Degree in Special Education from Boston University. She completed her Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing and received her Master’s of Nursing Degree at the University of Scranton. She has been a registered nurse since 1994 and a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner since 2014. She is currently employed as a Nurse Practitioner on the medical team at the Children’s Advocacy Center of Northeastern Pennsylvania. She conducts forensic medical evaluations of children and adolescents from infants to 18-year-olds. She provides child abuse education to the community, including school nurses, nursing students, physician assistant students, and school children of all ages. She is currently working on a preventative child abuse and sexual education program with puppets, which is geared toward adolescents with learning disabilities. In developing this program, Cheryl was inspired by an article that she read in the Journal of Forensic Nursing 12(4) October-December 2016 by B. Lee Murray.

She also serves as a member of the CAC Multidisciplinary Team, which is responsible for several levels of intervention in child abuse cases. The members of the Multidisciplinary Team include: representatives of the DA’s office, Child Protective Services, and Law Enforcement, as well as a Trauma Therapist, a Forensic Interviewer, a Child Victim Advocate, a Family Advocate, and a member of the Medical staff. Cheryl is also a member of the Child Fatality/Near Death Child Task Force. She is involved in medical peer review in Pennsylvania, both as a presenter and a participant.

Cheryl mentors nursing students as a Preceptor for The University of Scranton’s Nurse Practitioner program, as well as educating undergraduate community nursing students.

Cheryl is married to Michael Friedman, a professor of English at the University of Scranton. She has two children. Rachael, 22, is currently serving in the Peace Corps in Armenia. Casey, 18, is about to graduate from Scranton Preparatory High School and will enter the University of Richmond’s graduating class of 2021.

 Jennifer McNew received an Associate’s Degree in Nursing at Shepherd University in 2004 and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing at Pennsylvania State University in 2013.  She has been a registered nurse since 2004 and a SANE (Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner) since 2005.  She is certified as a pediatric SANE and adult/adolescent SANE.  She holds a flex position for Meritus Medical Center in Hagerstown, MD as an RN in the emergency department and psychiatric unit.  Jennifer is an independent consultant for Over the Rainbow Franklin County Children’s Advocacy Center, Chambersburg, PA who conducts forensic medical evaluations on children. As a Forensic Nurse Consultant, she provides trainings to forensic nurses, law enforcement, attorneys, child protective workers, victim advocates, healthcare providers and the community on various topics related to sexual assault and physical violence as well as expert review of cases for attorneys.  She has provided court testimony and qualified as an expert witness in the court of law.  Jennifer provides the 40 hour adult/adolescent and pediatric courses throughout Pennsylvania.  She is currently employed by Pennsylvania State University as the Education Program Associate for the SAFE-T Center.  Jennifer is very active in the PA chapter of the IAFN (International Association of Forensic Nurses) and currently, serves as the secretary.  Jennifer is also a member of the board of directors for PCAR (Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape).  She has spoken at several local, state and international conferences. 

 

What is Forensic Nursing

Forensic Nurses specialize in caring for victims and perpetrators of violence. They care for the physical, psychological, and social trauma that occurs in patients who have been assaulted or abused. Forensic nurses also have a specialized knowledge of the legal system and collect evidence, provide medical testimony in court, and provide consultation to legal authorities. To learn more about Forensic Nursing, please visit the IAFN website.

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We are all responsible to protect children! Adults who suspect child abuse must be responsible for reporting their suspicions to Childline (1-800-932-0313).

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When you join IAFN you need to indicate that you want to join the Pennsylvania Chapter. Joining the state Chapter is only a additional $30.00. ALL of that $30 goes back to the state chapter!
The Pennsylvania  Chapter interacts with other IAFN chapters and the home office to bring current events and issues surrounding forensics to its membership.
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