Forensic Nursing News
Nov. 15, 2012

IAFN Celebrates Forensic Nurses
Please help us spread the word about the importance of forensic nursing! Globally, IAFN members will be putting up posters in their facilities, educating their colleagues, contacting public officials, and wearing lilac-the official color of Forensic Nursing!

Remember 11.16.12 is Lilac Day — the color of Forensic Nurses.More

Launch of a New Certification
ANCC & IAFN Announce First Board Certification Credential through Portfolio — Advanced Forensic Nursing

The American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) and the International Association of Forensic Nurses (IAFN) announced the launch of a new certification through portfolio for Advanced Forensic Nurses. This new certification, announced at IAFN's Scientific Assembly in Fajardo, Puerto Rico, will help validate advanced forensic nurses’ unique knowledge and skills. ANCC supports IAFN members and all advanced forensic nurses in their pursuit to be certified in their specialty area. The new certification program is scheduled to launch in November 2012. More

Next IAFN Webinars
There is still time to register for the final 2 webinars of IAFN's 2012 Webinar Series:

Please mark your calendars and join us! More

IAFN Member Community
Fry cigarettes — "Fry" refers to embalming fluid put on cigarettes or other smokable products. Where can you find information on date rape drugs and slang terms? What is becoming prevalent in your city, town, and community?More

Take Charge of Your Nursing Career
IAFN is pleased to announce the next webinar in a series of FREE webinars that can help you take charge of your nursing career. Offered through the National Healthcare Career Network, the series offers career advice from top leaders in Nursing. The next webinar, How Empowering Others Can Power Up Your Career will feature Ardelle Bigos, Chief Nursing Officer at Newton Medical Center, Atlantic Health System and Dr. Phyllis Quinlan, Professional Nursing Coach.

This session will be available on demand from November 29th through December 2nd. More

SAFE payment laws and guidelines
Aequitas: The Prosecutors' Resource On Violence Against Women
EVAWI, in partnership with AEquitas has published a map of SAFE Payment Laws and Guidelines. More

Nursing professional claim reports
Nurses Service Organization
In collaboration with CNA, NSO has developed claim reports for nurses and nurse practitioners. This three-part report covers professional liability claims, license protection claims and selected samples from the NSO 2012 Qualitative Nurse Practitioner Work Profile Survey. More

Child rapes, killings terrify parents in Iraq
The Associated Press via USA Today
The brutal crimes struck a nerve, even in a country that has seen a horrific amount of bloodshed in the past decade: Young Iraqi girls kidnapped, repeatedly raped and then bludgeoned to death in two separate incidents near the southern city of Basra.More

Study: Home visiting program can dramatically reduce child abuse in the longer term
Medical Xpress
Latest research from the University of Otago, Christchurch shows the Early Start home visiting program halved rates of physical abuse against children and lowered non-accidental hospital visits by a third over a sustained period. Early Start is a home visiting program targeted at improving the well being of preschool children living in families facing multiple stresses and challenges. The program begins in infancy and can be delivered for up to five years. The Early Start program was developed in Christchurch and provided the prototype for the Government-funded Family Start program, which runs in centers around New Zealand. More

Colombia: Obstacles to care for abused, displaced women
Human Rights Watch
Colombia's laws on violence against women are not adequately protecting victims displaced by the armed conflict, Human Rights Watch said in a new report. Approximately two million internally displaced women and girls face high rates of rape and domestic violence. Daunting obstacles impede displaced victims' access to healthcare, justice, and protection services.More

Air Force institutes reforms to prevent abuse after sex scandal
Fox News
The U.S. Air Force announced that it is changing how it selects officers and instructors who train new recruits after a sex scandal at its training headquarters in which dozens of female recruits said they were improperly approached, sexually harassed or raped by male instructors.More

Rape: The frightening stranger isn't the scariest part of it
The Washington Post
Strangers aren't majority of America's rapists — they are the minority. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, only 13.8 percent of such attacks are by a complete stranger. More likely to rape you is a friend, a date or a relative, statistics show.More

Female genital mutilation: Time for a prosecution
The Guardian
There has been legislation in this country to criminalize female genital mutilation for 27 years and not one successful prosecution. Three cases referred to the Crown Prosection Service in the last two years had significant evidential difficulties and were not pursued. Recently, the Association of Women Barristers and the CPS held a joint seminar to address these issues.More

California: Domestic violence survey shows shift in attitudes, awareness
The Huffington Post
A new survey of Californians' attitudes on domestic violence found that the vast majority of respondents believe that the abuse can happen to anyone, and 66 percent said that they have a friend or family member who has been a victim.More