2011 was another great year for the International Association of Forensic Nurses (IAFN) in our work toward our mission of providing leadership in forensic nursing practice by developing, promoting, and disseminating information internationally about forensic nursing science.
Our membership numbers remained strong with nearly 3000 members, and more than 210 members served as board or committee members while hundreds more volunteered their time, expertise, and energy through precepting new nurses, involvement in their local chapters, or simply sharing their knowledge through our new online member community.
This year brought the opportunity for IAFN to increase our national visibility and impact by hiring a Washington, DC -based lobbyist to help us monitor federal legislation and ensure that IAFN is well-positioned at the federal level as THE organization representing forensic nurses. This development will ensure that IAFN can continue to provide our members with a voice in potential legislative changes effecting our work.
We were also proud to debut our Forensic Nursing Documentary, which received over 5,500 views in 2011! Developed in partnership with the IAFN Foundation and Seedworks Films, this video brings a look into the challenging and rewarding world of Forensic Nursing.
As always, the highlight of our year was the opportunity to interact with our members in person at our 19th Annual Scientific Assembly in Montreal. With nearly 500 forensic nursing professionals in attendance, and 77 workshops, it was an incredible opportunity for attendees to learn from leaders in the field, share their own diverse experiences, make new professional connections and reconnect with colleagues and friends.
Please take a moment to review highlights of our other success in our 2011 Annual Report.
2011 Annual Report
The International Association of Forensic Nurses (IAFN) is an international membership organization representing nearly 3000 forensic nurses working around the world and other professionals who support and compliment the work of forensic nursing.
IAFN establishes and improves standards of practice and strives to foster growth and development of forensic nursing as an emerging area of nursing expertise. IAFN promotes the exchange of ideas and transmission of developing knowledge among its members and to a wide variety of professionals who are dedicated to the development of forensic nursing for the advancement of humanity.
IAFN increased our national visibility and impact by hiring a Washington, DC -based lobbying firm to help us monitor federal legislation effecting our members and provide monthly capitol news briefs. Additionally, IAFN’s Government Affairs committee worked to create our first official legislative agenda in the last quarter of 2011.
During the months of November and December, IAFN promoted the profession of forensic nursing through a 15 second video that played on large screens in Times Square in New York City.
Forensic Nurses Week : During the week of November 7-11, 2011 we celebrated Forensic Nurses Week with the theme: Forensic Nursing, Taking the Next Step, Violence Prevention.
Newly revised, updated SANE-A and SANE-P exams were offered twice (in May and October of 2011) and 167 nurses earned a new SANE certification while, 318 nurses renewed their certifications. Overall, more than 1400 nurses currently hold SANE certification.
In 2011, IAFN averaged 32 active chapters. The IAFN Home Office has a relationship with each chapter and manages the documentation and dues for the chapter, and makes every attempt to keep chapters alive and growing. This year, the Kansas (Sunflower) Chapter was added, and the Northern Delaware and Alaska Chapters were deactivated. Our chapter officer training series continued to provide an opportunity for chapter leaders and officers to increase their skills and expertise.
Education and Special Projects
In 2011, IAFN offered the opportunity to earn 32 Nursing CEs through education events including a Photography Symposium, the 19th Annual Scientific Assembly, and Online Webinars.
IAFN continued to provide education and technical assistance about the National Protocol for Sexual Assault Medical Forensic Examinations of Adults and Adolescents through SAFEta: The Sexual Assault Forensic Examiner Technical Assistance Project,funded by the US Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women. In 2011, the project provided 12 trainings to over 2,400 people and exhibited at 6 conferences. The project website, safeta.org, had over 15,000 hits and the project director responded to over 385 technical assistance requests by phone, email, or in person. Additionally, the project director served as a member of the US Attorney General’s Tribal Protection Task Force and participated in a project providing guidance to Prisons, Jails, and Community Corrections as they work to develop a sexual assault examination protocol.
IAFN continued to collaborate with the Southwest Center for Law and Policy onThe Sexual Assault Forensic Exam, Support, Training, Access, and Resources Project (SAFESTAR) to develop and pilot a sexual assault forensic evidence curriculum for tribal communities. In 2011, SAFESTAR provided two trainings; one for tribal prosecutors and a second for advocates and lay people working to end sexual violence in their tribes. The project also provided two presentations at the Wyoming Sexual Assault Conference and held multidisciplinary meetings with tribal and federal partners.
IAFN launched the SAFE Web-Based Training Project, funded by the US Department of Justice, National Institute for Justice. Through this project, a 15 week, intensive online didactic SAFE curriculum was created and will be offered to selected applicants free of a charge over a 15-week period of time. The course will be offered three times in 2012, followed by a two-day hands-on clinical skills workshop for all attendees.
Launch of Online Member Community – In 2011, IAFN was excited to introduce our new online member community, which allows members to network, share documents, blog, and stay up to date on the latest research and best practices - all in one place!
21% increase in new members overall and a 17% increase in new International members.
Members and staff continued to represent the IAFN on a number of advisory councils, panels, agencies, committees and other high profile initiatives within the nursing and forensic communities. IAFN also seeks to create formal partnerships at the organizational level with our colleagues in other parts of the word. Our partnerships include:
2011 was an excellent year for The Journal of Forensic Nursing. IAFN's official journal got a face lift with a brand new cover design, and four issues were published on schedule. Other highlights include retention of institutional subscribers when libraries are canceling their subscriptions to many journals.