Forensic Nurses News
Jan. 29, 2015

IAFN Foundation NEVADA Scholarship

The IAFN Foundation has been given a generous $5,000 donation to help nurses in Nevada gain the forensic education and skills needed to provide better forensic patient care. More

Last Call for Abstract Reviewers

  • Current membership in International Association of Forensic Nurses
  • Education appropriate to level of practice
  • Evidence of expertise in a forensic nursing sub-specialty

  • If you meet these criteria and would like to be considered for selection, please fill out the Reviewer Information Form and submit it by Jan. 30, 2015. More

    A Few Seats Still Available: Nursing Response to Elder Abuse

    This course prepares nurses to integrate nursing and forensic sciences into the care of vulnerable older adults who have been mistreated or are at high risk for mistreatment by trusted others. Register today.More

    The Association is accepting applications for the April 2015 SANE-A and SANE-P certification examinations

    To learn more — and to apply, please visit the “Take the Exam” webpage.
    Feb. 18, 2015 - Application Window Closes at 11:59 PM ET More

    Special Discounts for Early Conference Sponsorship Opportunities

    Sign-up by Feb. 27 and receive 10 percent off the exhibitor rate.
    Check out the 2015 Exhibitor Prospectus providing you with a variety of information on Exhibiting and Sponsorship opportunities at the International Conference on Forensic Nursing Science and Practice at the Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek in Orlando, Florida, Oct. 28-31, 2015. Bigger discounts available when you bundle. Questions, email Marisa at More

    IAFN Endorses National Canadian Forensic Nursing Conference:

    Feb. 25-26 2015 | Renaissance Harbourside, Vancouver
    Our members are entitled to a great DISCOUNT! Use promo code P15C06IAFN or email to take advantage of a BUY 3 GET 1 FREE Group Booking Discount. More

    2015 National Institute for SART Team Leaders
    Wild Apricot
    The Institute is a 2 and 1/2 day program designed for coordinators, team leaders and state and territorial level leaders who coordinate or support local teams responding to sexual violence.More

    Demand for DNA testing overwhelms DPS labs
    Amarillo Globe-News
    Texas Department of Public Safety labs are coping with an abundance of evidence testing submissions, an issue that mirrors a situation faced by federal agencies about 20 years ago. For years, law enforcement agencies relied on the Federal Bureau of Investigation for evidence testing, but as the practice of DNA analysis grew, the FBI became overwhelmed with evidence to process. More

    The medical world is changing — How can we keep up?
    By Joan Spitrey
    Healthcare is a dynamic industry. It is constantly changing as new modalities, treatments and technologies are discovered or even rebutted. Even with the changes in technology, diagnostics and treatments, the healthcare environment has stayed relatively static. The patient seeks treatment, and the healthcare provider treats based on the needs of the patient. The provider of care bills for services and is paid. For the most part, the healthcare providers have wielded most of the control with little resistance. However, this is changing, and the power has shifted.More

    'Consent condoms' increase social awareness of sexual assault
    Condoms in packages containing messages about consent are being marketed to colleges as a way to increase social awareness about sexual assault. "Consent is NEVER implied," "Everything except YES means no" and "Intoxication is not an Invitation" "are among the 25 products offered by Say it With a Condom. More


    In honor of domestic violence victims, we are collecting details about who this person was in life and using these stories in our on-going efforts to recognize the impact of domestic violence. More

    Nurses take on new and expanded roles in healthcare
    Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
    Massachusetts General Hospital is known for medical innovations such as the first public demonstration of surgical anesthesia and the first replantation of a severed arm. Today, the venerable Boston hospital is testing out another innovation, but this time it’s in the field of nursing. When a patient arrives at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) now, he or she is assigned an attending registered nurse (ARN) for the duration of the hospital stay and after discharge. More

    Studies: Long hours, shift work can be detrimental to health
    By Denise A. Valenti
    "Workin' 9 to 5, what a way to make a livin'. Barely gettin' by, it's all takin' and no givin' ..." Dolly Parton's popular song "9 to 5" from 1980 lamented the difficulties and stress associated with having a traditional workday. But, an eight-hour day of working 9-to-5 really is not that bad — especially for your health. Several recent studies show the impact of work hours on health is related to the number of hours that are worked and also what time of day the work occurs. An analysis in The Lancet showed that longer working hours for those in lower socioeconomic groups has been associated with a higher risk of Type 2 diabetes. More

    Nation makes headway in averting nurse shortage, federal study finds
    Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
    The nation is making good progress toward averting a national shortage of nurses, according to a recent report from the federal government. If registered nurses (RNs) continue to train at the current levels, the nation’s supply of nurses will grow by the equivalent of nearly 1 million full-time RNs over the next decade, from 2.9 million in 2012 to 3.85 million in 2025 — a 33 percent jump, the study found.More

    Study finds need for more socialization for students in online PhD nursing programs
    New research suggests faculty need to do more to promote student-faculty interactions and preparation in scholarly activities for students enrolled in online Ph.D. nursing programs. “Professional Socialization of Students Enrolled in an Online Doctor of Philosophy Program in Nursing” by Linda M. Goodfellow, Ph.D., RN, associate professor at Duquesne University School of Nursing in Pittsburgh, studied the extent of professional socialization of students enrolled in an online research-focused Ph.D. program in nursing. More

    LE investigation tools expand beyond DNA to bacteria
    For the past five years, forensic scientists have been taking advantage of their ability to collect Touch DNA, small samples of DNA from evidence that has been handled by suspects. Items such as vehicle steering wheels, gun grips, door handles, and victim’s clothing have provided valuable evidence linking offenders to a victim or crime scene.More

    Flaws surface in sexual assault justice system
    Post Crescent
    There are few viable defenses in child sexual assault cases. "It's a strict liability crime. You don't have to have the purpose in mind to do something criminal," said defense attorney Rod Streicher. "And those crimes rarely rise to the felony level. Like a speeding ticket, you could not know you're speeding, but it doesn't matter."More

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