Forensic Nurses News
Feb. 13, 2014

President's Corner - Let me Know

Sheila Early, RN BScN
I am delighted to serve the Association members as your first International President for 2014. I would like to know more of you over the next year as the Association embarks on new initiatives which will need your input. There has already been a call for volunteers via Forensic Nurses News...More

Announcing the 2014 ANF Nursing Research Grants

IAFN is once again collaborating with the American Nurses Foundation (ANF) to offer a $5,000 research grant to a forensic nurse researcher. The grant application is open to all of IAFN's global members.

This award is part of the 2014 Nursing Research Grants which offers nursing research awards totaling more than $225,000 to beginner and experienced nurse researchers. Information about all of the awards is available at: GIVETONURSING.ORG. The application deadline is May 1.More

Do you serve American Indian or Alaska Native Patients?

Don't forget about the Tribal Forensic Healthcare Training project's monthly webinars ( Past webinars are archived for you to view at your convenience. Attendance and CE are free, however you must indicate what tribal community you serve in your registration.

Funded by Indian Health Service (IHS), this project provides training for medical professionals working at American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) funded healthcare facilities, IHS-funded hospitals, urban Indian healthcare facilities, or non-tribal hospitals that have referral agreements with AI/AN tribes. More

Earn CNE by attending NSO's Complimentary Webinar

Nurse Practitioner Liability Update: A Three-Part Approach
Thursday, Feb. 27 at 1 p.m. EDT

This webinar will explore other selected results of the claim study, including a review of predominant allegations, injuries and outcomes and other key elements of claims asserted against nurse practitioners.More

Editorial: Nurse training critical to prosecuting rape cases
The Herald-Dispatch
A key step in changing that disturbing pattern is changing the way potential rape cases are handled on the front lines. Whether in a hospital ER or other clinical setting, responding properly to these cases requires a sophisticated blend of health care and forensics. The patient must be treated for physical and emotional trauma, but there also is a crucial need to collect evidence that can hold up in a court of law. The best person for that job is a specially trained sexual assault nurse examiner. More

Study: Australia struggles with high rate of sexual assault against women
A study released today in the Lancet medical journal says 16.4 per cent of women 15 years old or older in Australia and New Zealand have been the victim of sexual assault by someone who wasn’t their partner (i.e. other family members, friends, strangers). This compares to the global average of 7.2 percent. The report's release comes as all eyes this week were on Simon Gittany as he was sentenced to at least 18 years in jail for the murder of his fiancée. It also follows a string of incidents of sexual violence against young women in New South Wales – an alleged gang rape of a 14-year-old girl and charges laid against security guards for sexually assaulting two teens in a Sydney mall. More

Giving a voice, providing a choice
The Marion Star
Forensic nurses are recognized for the exceptional care they provide daily to men, women and children who have experienced trauma. Whether they’re collecting fingernail scrapings, documenting ligature marks or gunshot wounds, or swabbing for potential DNA, the forensic nurse’s first priority is always the health and safety of his or her patient. Studies show a strong link between violence and short and long term healthcare issues, with patients who experience violence or abuse accessing the healthcare system at least twice as frequently as those without a history. More

Tested at last, rape kits give evidence to victims' stories
Back in 2009, reporters Rachel Dissell and Leila Atassi discovered that the Cleveland Police Department had a massive backlog of so-called rape kits going back decades. The kits include the DNA swabs taken from women who have reported they've been sexually assaulted. The DNA is used to identify the men who allegedly attacked them. In thousands of cases, the DNA simply wasn't tested. The kits sat on the shelf, the cases went unsolved, and the alleged rapists went unpunished. Now, at last, the kits are being taken down and tested. More