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The IAFN Award Committee, Board of Directors & Staff wish to congratulate the following 2016 IAFN award winners for their dedication and outstanding work in and for the advancement of Forensic Nursing.
Diana Faugno, 2016 Virginia A. Lynch Pioneer in Forensic Nursing
These individuals will be recognized for their continued efforts, accomplishments and dedication to IAFN & the forensic nursing practice at the International Conference on Forensic Nursing Science & Practice on Thursday, September 29th. Please join us in congratulating them!
Dr. Karen Neill, 2016 Distinguished Fellow Award
Anne Galloway, 2016 Front Line Forensic Nurse of the Year Award
Julie Valentine, 2016 Ann Burgess Research Award
Erin Pollitt, 2016 Service Award
The Association needs your ideas, energy, and enthusiasm. By volunteering your unique talents and skills, you can further our mission and goals. Please consider applying for election to a leadership position within our strong, well-respected organization.
The IAFN Nominating Committee is NOW accepting applications from Regular members for the open positions with the:
Board of Directors:
The deadline to apply is July 27, 2016. Submit an online application or learn more.
Director at Large (3 positions available)
Commission for Forensic Nursing Certification:
SANE-A®- or SANE-P®-certified commissioners (2 positions available)
Association member commissioner (non-certified)
Thursday, Sept. 29 - Sunday, Oct. 2, 2016
Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel | Denver, CO USA
Don't Miss Out!
Registration is well ahead of last year. The fastest way to make sure you don't get left out and do get into your favorite sessions is to REGISTER TODAY and REGISTER ONLINE.
The IAFN Foundation has secured a limited number of field-level seats (Sections 116-117) on the first base line ($40 per ticket) for the 9/30 game between the Colorado Rockies and the Milwaukee Brewers at 6PM MDT at Coors Field, Denver, Colorado.
Admission to the game includes a complimentary fireworks display. This is a great opportunity to socialize with friends, family, and colleagues while supporting the IAFN Foundation Scholarship Fund. Reserve your tickets NOW.
Wednesday, July 20 | 2 p.m. EDT
Presented by Diane Daiber, BSN, RN, SANE-A, SANE-P
This webinar will describe the new National Protocol for Sexual Abuse Medical Forensic Examinations: Pediatric. These Pediatric SAFE Protocols, released in April 2016 by the Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women address the healthcare needs of the child, promote their healing and cover gathering forensic evidence for potential use in the criminal justice system.
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It's the middle of the night at the morgue and forensic investigator Jessica McMurray has called up a file on her computer.
It's an unidentified woman whose body was found in 2003 in the Allegheny River near Fox Chapel Yacht Club. The woman's body was wrapped in a blanket and bound with duct tape, a plastic bag over her head.
Researchers from the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation and Bowling Green State University have been awarded a nearly $440,000 grant from a private foundation to make the testing process for sexual-assault kits more efficient.
The grant money will go toward creating statistical models to determine which items inside a sexual-assault kit are more likely to reveal useful information, according to project leader Jon Sprague, director of the Ohio Attorney General’s Center for the Future of Forensic Science at BGSU.
The federal law called Title IX has been in the news a lot over the past few years in connection with sexual assaults on college campuses.
But Title IX, a federal civil rights law prohibiting discrimination on the basis of sex, applies to public schools as well.
“It applies exactly the same way as at universities,” explained University of Georgia law professor Hillel Levin.
The conscious mind is quick to adapt to information that flies in the face of stereotype, but the subconscious may ignore even the most glaring of facts, new research finds.
When people are given two names, Jonathan and Elizabeth, and asked who is a doctor and who is a nurse, the respondents typically say that each is equally likely to be in either profession.
Office on Women's Health
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Office of Women's Health (OWH) funded the development of this e-learning course in response to the need for accessible, innovative training of healthcare providers on how to respond to intimate partner violence (IPV), commonly known as domestic violence. The primary goal of this e-learning course is to train healthcare providers on how to screen, assess, treat, and refer female patients that may be victims of domestic violence and/or sexual assault.
Medscape (free login required)
In 2015, hospitals and healthcare systems were the number one victims of cyber attacks. No industry is immune, but hospitals and healthcare systems seem to have become a favorite target of hackers out to profit from insufficiently secure networks, so much so that IBM called 2015 the "year of the healthcare security breach." Almost 100 million healthcare records were compromised last year.
The NFL will announce $10 million in funding over the next five years to a coalition of non-profit organizations working to prevent sexual violence.
The first phase of the NFL’s donation to Raliance, the coalition between the National Sexual Violence Resource Center, the California Coalition Against Sexual Assault and the National Alliance to End Sexual Violence, will go into effect on July 1, with the awarding of 27 grants worth $50,000 each to a variety of organizations across the country and one in Guam.
During the previous week, the country has seen about as much tragedy as anyone could bear, especially within the city of Orlando.
Through the rapid-fire response of media, many have been quick to respond, with global outpourings of sympathy and expressions of support. Unfortunately, the opposite has also been true, as politicians and citizens have posted critical, irresponsible messages on social media, with a few maybe patting themselves on the back, offering "I told you so" as a response to grieving survivors.
The national average of child abuse and neglect victims in
2013 was 679,000, or 9.1 victims per 1,000 children.
Hospitals & Health Networks
Nurses need better access to educational tools when it comes to preparing for and responding to disasters, says the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation in a recently published brief. While RNs have more than risen to the occasion after tragedies such as the Ebola scare, Boston bombing and Hurricane Sandy, among others, the brief offers several takeaways for improvement. Another lesson: Health organizations must promote teamwork, safety, nurse leadership and candid communication among a diverse group.
A new, dedicated domestic-violence courtroom in Surrey is expected to lead to a quicker turnaround for cases and better outcomes for victims.
“Domestic-violence cases … need to be handled differently than other cases,” said Sonya Boyce, executive director of the Surrey Women’s Centre. “There’s a really short critical window of opportunity to intervene if you want to increase the chances of keeping women and children safe and keep the offender accountable.”
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