Forensic Nurses News
Mar. 12, 2015

March Greetings from your President Kimberly Womack

I want to update you on the exciting things your IAFN members and the board of directors are doing on your behalf.

IAFN members are looking forward to its legislative conference that will occur on March 17 -18, 2015. In 2014 IAFN was actively advocating for training standards across the U.S. armed forces in relating to sexual assault forensic examiners/sexual assault nurse examiners ...

Click here to read more from Kimberly Womack, DHSc, ARNP-BC, SANE-A, CEN.More

The 2015 International Association of Forensic Nurses Call for Awards has officially begun

Each year, the Association seeks to identify and recognize those individuals who have contributed significantly to the advancement of forensic nursing and to the growth and success of International Association of Forensic Nurses. We are pleased to request your assistance in this important process for 2015.More

The IAFN Online Learning Center is now offering the following 8.0 CE activity

This 8 hour Online SANE Sustainability course is taught by nationally recognized experts Jennifer Pierce‐Weeks, RN, SANE‐A, SANE‐P and Jenifer Markowitz ND, RN,WHNP‐BC, SANE‐A. The course will provide education on issues of program sustainability, including budgeting, staffing, and collaboration, as well as ongoing capacity building to SANE Program Managers. More

Poster Abstract Submission for the 2015 International Conference on Forensic Nursing Science and Practice is open until May 11!

Have you developed a new forensic nursing project? Do you have research in progress? We encourage students at all levels (BSN/MSN/DNP/PhD) to submit poster presentations. This is a great way to share your ideas, present early stage doctoral work, and get feedback from scholars and clinicians. More

The Lifespan Project just updated its web presence!
You can now browse information on trauma-informed care, the basics of sexual violence, and age-specific, research-based factors, barriers, and statistics. Learn more about sexual violence across the lifespan, including children, teens, adults, and people in later life. Our staff is prepared to help you with your training and resource needs for all aspects of sexual violence across the lifespan. Email to ask a question, request training, or just learn more about the project.More

Celebrate Certified Nurses on March 19
Certified Nurses Day™ honors nurses worldwide who contribute to better patient outcomes through national board certification in their specialty. A registered nurse (RN) license allows nurses to practice. Certification affirms advanced knowledge, skill, and practice to meet the challenges of modern nursing. Every March 19, employers, certification boards, education facilities, and healthcare providers celebrate and publicly acknowledge nurses who care enough to earn and maintain the highest credentials in their specialty.More

Imaging technology allows bones to tell more
Daily News Journal
New technology is helping to make bones an even more valuable resource for scientists, a renowned archaeologist and forensic anthropologist told Middle Tennessee State University students. "My field is changing so fast," said Douglas Owsley, head of the Division of Physical Anthropology at the Smithsonian Institution's Museum of Natural History. "The kinds of information that I can get from a human skeleton today is radically different than the way I was trained some 35 years ago.More

Marital rape: Why is it legal in India?
In India, a staggering 94 percent of rapes are committed by perpetrators known to the victim, but hidden from view is a huge number of women with no legal road — those raped by their husbands. The number of women sexually assaulted by their husbands is 40 times the number of women attacked by men they don't know. Yet, marital rape is legal. The Criminal Law (Amendment) Act, 2013, states: "Sexual intercourse or sexual acts by a man with his own wife, the wife not being under fifteen years of age, is not rape." More

Exploring possibilities in forensic advancement
Speakers at a two-day national conference on Forensic Medicine and Toxicology stressed the need for making forensic medicine experts part of the crime scene investigations. The conference, organized by the Department of Forensic Medicine and Toxicology, Punjab Medical College concluded at Chenab Club. More than 25 scientific papers were presented in four sessions of the event and presentations were also made on relevant legal and ethical issues confronting various segments of society in Pakistan.More

Forensic psychologist Dr. Lisa Warren evaluates threat of patients who promise to kill
WA Today
The young man seated opposite forensic psychologist Dr. Lisa Warren was showing all the warning signs. At 22, he had just been convicted of threatening to kill his girlfriend, was addicted to amphetamines, unemployed, and had a disturbing compulsion to cut the tails off small animals. Was he going to be the killer he promised he would be? More

Abu Dhabi Police proves it has one of world's best forensic labs
Emirates 24/7
Abu Dhabi Police’s Forensic Biology Laboratory was one of only three laboratories out of 18 labs around the world that achieved 100 percent DNA profile match of two old bone powder samples. Lieutenant Ahmad Anwar Al Afifi, Forensic Evidence technician, said all participating laboratories achieved 100% match of the DNA profile on the first sample; however, identifying the DNA profile of the second sample that dates back 400 years represented a considerable challenge.More

Forensic science expert publishes xomment on OJ Simpson effect
Forensic science expert John Collins has published a commentary at Science 2.0 in which he cites the 1995 murder trial of O.J. Simpson as "kick-starting" legal and political activism against forensic science in the United States. In Keeping the Gate — A Science & Justice Blog, Collins, president and founder of the Forensic Foundations Group, said that the activism has distorted perceptions about science in the courtroom.More