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The IAFN Online Learning Center provides online self-paced educational opportunities for forensic nurses and allies. Our catalog features pre-recorded content on a variety of topics and will continue to grow with exciting new educational opportunities.

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Private Violence: HBO to premiere this award-winning documentary on Oct. 20 at 9 pm
Viewers claim that Private Violence — a film that examines the issue of intimate partner violence with an unwavering lens — may herald change. Of more than 1250 viewers surveyed, 98 percent said the film either enhanced their understanding of the problem, prompted them think differently about their own response to victims of intimate partner violence, OR compelled them to consider joining a domestic violence advocacy effort. Funded in part by the International Association of Forensic Nurses, the film will also be featured during the Association’s International Conference on Forensic Nursing Science and Practice in Phoenix, Arizona.

For more information about the film, please visit For information about upcoming screening events in your area, please visit or contact the Private Violence team at
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In this fall's line-up, you won't find a better show than Nursing Success TV!
With autumn in the air, you might be out taking in the glorious colors or staying home enjoying some hot apple cider. Wherever you are, you can catch the latest episode of Nursing Success TV, your source for information and inspiration delivered by your peers in nursing. Available from any computer or mobile device, this month’s show features ...
  • Dr. Phyllis Quinlan, RN and professional nursing coach, on why the journey to Magnet status is healthy for your career
  • Cheryl Scibelli, CGRN, Endoscopy Charge Nurse, on how her career evolved, why nursing associations matter, and what new nursing grads can do to land good jobs
Nursing Success TV is accessible 24/7 for free with no registration required and is viewable from any computer or mobile device. No registration required! Check it out on Nursing Success TV on IAFN’s Career Center!

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IAFN Foundation Seeking 3 Board Members
The Foundation has opened its Call for Applications to fill 3 open board positions beginning Jan. 1. Terms are 3 years and selected by the existing Foundation Board. Please consider applying. Deadline is Oct. 30.
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2014 Election Nominees
The Nominating Committee has selected the slate for the future Board, Nominating Committee and Certification Commission. Online voting begins Nov. 1-30 but you can view the candidates now.
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Latest CDC Health Alert for evaluating patients
Evaluating Patients for Possible Ebola Virus Disease: Recommendations for Healthcare Personnel and Health Officials. Please disseminate this information to infectious disease specialists, intensive care physicians, primary care physicians, and infection control specialists, as well as to emergency departments, urgent care centers, and microbiology laboratories.
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Newly Added Forensic Compliance Resources
EVAWI offers a range of free resources to assist community professionals with forensic compliance. In the Forensic Compliance Resources section of our website, you will find a number of valuable tools, including articles, reports, policies and protocols that can be downloaded for use in your community - as well as links to external sources.
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HaysMed screening questions the first step in getting abuse victims help
Don’t be surprised when you next visit a Hays Medical Center clinic and a healthcare professional asks you: “Has anyone hurt you? Hit you? Threatened you? Are you in a safe environment?”
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City nonprofit works on changing ideas of sexual violence
Burlington Free Press
This month the White House launched a celebrity-studded video as part of its campaign to end sexual violence on college campuses. The video comes after a task force formed in January to tackle the issue of sexual assaults of students. The White House and others cite studies that say one in five women are sexually assaulted while in college. Rape is in the headlines globally, from college campuses to reports of rape as a means of intimidation and violence at the hands of the Islamic State — also known as ISIL or ISIS in the Middle East.
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OSU joins 'It's On Us' campaign
The Daily Barometer
“This is long overdue,” said Oregon State University President Ed Ray in response to the “It’s On Us” initiative announced by President Barack Obama Sept. 19. Following Obama’s speech, Ray gave a press release calling for a community-wide review of resources and support services for survivors of sexual harassment and assault. “I think we’re in a very good place to have a conversation about really changing the dynamics,” Ray said. “Certainly in this society. God knows it’s needed worldwide.”
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Virginia Wesleyan College helped accused rapist by erasing expulsion from his record
The Huffington Post
Virginia Wesleyan College found a student responsible for sexual assault, expelled him, then changed his status to "voluntarily withdrawn" to help him get into a new school, according to a lawsuit. The suit, filed by an assault victim under the pseudonym Jane Doe against Virginia Wesleyan, a liberal-arts college associated with the Virginia United Methodist Church in Norfolk, Virginia, claims the school failed to help the struggling young woman, but took steps to assist her assailant. Filed Friday in Norfolk Circuit Court by attorney Jonathan Halperin, the suit seeks $10 million in damages.
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Mental Illness Awareness Week puts spotlight on treatment
By Jessica Taylor
A judge in Alexandria, Virginia, recently found a cab driver not guilty of shooting a police officer in the head during an attack last year. The judge stated that the cab driver, Kashif Bashir, did not understand what he was doing when he shot the officer in the head. Bashir had long suffered from paranoid schizophrenia, and the court determined he was insane at the time of the shooting. This illness and many others are being put into spotlight during Mental Illness Awareness Week. The first full week of October was established by Congress in 1990 as MIAW in recognition of the National Alliance on Mental Illness' efforts to raise mental illness awareness.
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National nursing shortage fueled by lack of teachers
ABC News
They’re often the first people you see at the doctor’s office, and the first line of defense in any ER – but America’s nursing population is shrinking fast. The nursing shortage may not be caused just by lack of interest. In many ways, it’s caused by lack of capacity. Each year, 80,000 applicants are turned away from nursing schools, often because there aren’t enough teachers or resources to accommodate growing student interest. “Suddenly, we turned around and realized we’re not attracting enough nurses to go into teaching,” said Dr. Kimberly S. Glassman, with patient care services and the chief nursing officer at NYU Langone Medical Center.
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Missed last week's issue? See which articles your colleagues read most.

    Pennsylvania woman blamed for her own rape in state response to lawsuit (CNN)
Will your lifestyle hurt your grandchildren? (ABC News)
Nurses take part in specialized sexual violence training (NNC NOW)
Ill-judged words can often add to the pain and horror of rape (Irish Examiner)

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