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Opening Keynote:
“Structural and Interpersonal Violence: Nurses CAN Make a Difference at Individual, Organizational and Social Levels”

Dr. Colleen Varcoe is a professor in the School of Nursing at the University of British Columbia. Her research focuses on women’s health with emphasis on violence and inequity, and the culture of health care with an emphasis on ethics. Her completed research includes studies of the interacting risks of violence and HIV infection for rural and Aboriginal women, rural maternity care for Aboriginal women, ethics and health policy and the health effects of violence. Her current research includes studies to promote equity in primary health care and studies of a health intervention for women who have experienced violence.

Award Winners

Each year, the International Association of Forensic Nurses seeks to identify and recognize those individuals who have contributed significantly to the advancement of forensic nursing and to the growth and success of IAFN. Learn More.

This morning we honored the 2014 recipients:
Virginia A. Lynch Pioneer Award: Bonnie Price
Vision Award: Attorney General JB Van Hollen
Distinguished Fellow Award: Rachell Ekroos
Ann Burgess Research Award: Kathryn Laughon
Service Award: Linda Walther
Patron Award: Katherine Melhorn

2014 Foundation Scholarship Program Grant Awardees
These individuals were selected through a rigorous application process that included a written essay and documented active participation in the Association. Please help us in congratulating them: Gina Carbino from Conway, South Carolina, Paulette Guidry from Mandeville, Louisiana and, Venera Mehmeti from Prishtina, Kosova


Thursdays Luncheon Keynote:
“The Next Wave: Male Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse”

Dr. David Lisak is a researcher and forensic consultant who for 25 years has studied the causes and consequences of interpersonal violence. His work has focused on the long term effects of sexual abuse in men, the relationship between child abuse and violence, and the motives and characteristics of rapists. Dr. Lisak has served as a consultant to judicial, prosecutor and law enforcement education programs across the country, and has conducted workshops in all fifty states. He consults widely with universities, the four services of the U.S. Military, the Department of Defense, and other institutions regarding sexual assault prevention and policies, and frequently serves as an expert witness in homicide and sexual assault cases. Dr. Lisak is a founding member of 1in6, a non-profit agency that serves men who were sexually abused as children. Himself a survivor of childhood sexual abuse, Dr. Lisak is one of three men profiled in the 2010 documentary, Boys and Men Healing, a Big Voice production directed by Kathy Barbini.

Silent Auction
Between now and Friday at 2:45 p.m. in the Exhibit Hall, the Foundation is sponsoring the Silent Auction. Be sure to check it out and bid. All donations go to giving more scholarships! We are once again providing “I donated” name badge ribbons for one dollar each. Our goal this year is $700, or one from each person. You can get them at the registration desk or from any of the Foundation Board members. Remember, just a little ends up going a long way!

Be Sure to Stop by the IAFN Store
Check at all of the great items we are selling in the store. Need a gift for the upcoming Forensic Nurses Week (Nov. 10-14, 2013)? Want a souvenir from the conference. Stop on in and say hello to Stacy and Marisa!

Presenter Handouts for the International Conference
Registered attendees can access the session handouts by logging into the IAFN Member Community, and clicking on the 2014 International Conference Community Library. Handouts posted online will not be distributed in hard copy at the Conference, so attendees that wish to have a paper copy should print them out. Additional handouts will be added as they become available.

IAFN International Conference Evaluation
Please follow these steps when evaluating Conference sessions for CE credit:
  • Access the Evaluation website
  • Log in:
    username = your conference registration email address
    password = iafn (all lowercase letters; ensure that your Caps Lock key is OFF)
Complete the overall evaluation, the attendee demographic section, and the individual session(s) evaluation.

Your contact hours will be calculated automatically, based on the sessions that you attend and evaluate. After evaluating ALL the sessions you attended during the entire conference, simply print and retain your CE certificate for future reference. Attendees who register onsite not to expect their evaluation email any earlier than 11/05.

Be sure to follow us on Twitter @ForensicNurses. You can join in the chatter by using #4N6RN. Also, for a second year, scan the QR code on the sign in the Registration Area and check out the Mobile Meeting App, where you will find all the most up-to-date conference information, such as any cancelled meetings or room changes.