New Organization for Forensic Nursing

In early 2018, a group of forensic nursing scholars and practitioners convened to establish the Academy of Forensic Nursing. The mission of the organization is to "link research to practice through the dissemination of scholarship, education, and service to those affected by and responding to trauma."

"A similar vision was articulated in 1992 by Virginia Lynch, the founder of forensic nursing," wrote AFN President Diana Faugno in her welcome message on the AFN website. "She said then that forensic nurses combine the nursing, forensic, and legal sciences to bring safety, medical treatment, and justice to patients who suffered trauma."


Moving into 2019, the Academy of Forensic Nursing is picking up momentum. Its first newsletter was released in January; the organization launched its official logo; and a series of regional conferences were announced.

These conferences include:

• March 5-6, 2019

Essentials of Expert Testimony & Current Legal Topics for Forensic Nurses
Las Vegas, Nevada

• June 18-19, 2019

Death Investigation: Principles & Practice for the Forensic Nurse
Las Vegas, Nevada

• July 15-16, 2019

Moving Beyond the Bedside: Advancing the Footprint of Forensic Nursing
Indianapolis, Indiana

• October 22-23, 2019

Gunshot Wound Course
Las Vegas, Nevada

You can learn more about the AFN here:

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