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AFN National Conference 2023
AFN National Conference
Virtual Conference

Advancing the Global Practice of Forensic Nursing
November 2-3, 2023

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Keynote Speaker:
Ann Wolbert Burgess

Ann Wolbert Burgess, D.N.Sc., APRN, FAAN, is an internationally recognized pioneer in the assessment and treatment of victims of trauma and abuse, and author of A Killer by Design: Murderers, Mindhunters, and My Quest to Decipher the Criminal Mind. She has received numerous honors including the Sigma Theta Tau International Audrey Hepburn Award, the American Nurses’ Association Hildegard Peplau Award, and the Sigma Theta Tau International Episteme Laureate Award. Her courtroom testimony has been described as “groundbreaking,” and she has been called a “nursing pathfinder.” She has been designated a “Living Legend” by the American Academy of Nursing, the academy’s highest honor.


Her research with victims began when she co-founded, with Boston College sociologist Lynda Lytle Holmstrom, one of the first hospital-based crisis counseling programs at Boston City Hospital. She then worked with FBI Academy special agents to study serial offenders, and the links between child abuse, juvenile delinquency, and subsequent perpetration. Her work with Boston College nursing colleague Carol Hartman led to the study of very young victims and the impact of trauma on their growth and development, their families and communities. Her work continues in the study of elder abuse in nursing homes, cyberstalking, and Internet sex crimes.


Virtual Only!


General Information:

Join your colleagues at the Academy of Forensic Nursing for the second annual National Conference, offered entirely online, November 2-3, 2023. This virtual conference will promote excellence in evidence-based practice to both novice and advanced practice forensic nurses, and will inspire innovative techniques and research that informs an interprofessional approach for those working with people affected by violence and trauma.


The conference is open to healthcare professionals, law enforcement professionals, attorneys, court and judiciary staff, and victim advocates.


The conference will stream live from 10 am – 5 pm ET daily, and recordings will be available for one month following the close of the event.

Standard Pricing (August 1 – October 31)

Two-Day Attendance:

Member $225

Non-Member $350 – BONUS! Includes one-year membership to AFN!

One-Day Attendance:

Member $125

Non-Member $175 (does not include new AFN membership)

Continuing Education Disclosure



The purpose for the conference is two-fold.  First, nurses, forensic nurses, and other health care providers need current, evidence-based education at the novice and the advanced level in order to promote innovative application of practice and research in the multidisciplinary work with victims of violence across the lifespan.  Second, novice and expert forensic providers need opportunities to highlight and share their innovative EBP.  To meet this purpose, novice and expert preseters from the U.S. and Internationally. (Five U.S. regions (East, Central, Mountain, Pacific/Alaska/Hawaii) and international were chosen for this two-day conference.)


Criteria for Successful Completion:

Participants will attend live on November 2 & 3, 2023. Recordings will be available 24-48 hours after the live session and will be available for asynchronous viewing through Dec 3, 2023.


  • Participants will need to attend a minimum of 90% of each presentation session that they wish to obtain credit for and complete an attestation/verification statement of attendance.

  • Upon completion of live date attendance, a CE certificate for up to 12.25 contact hours will be awarded. This is commensurate with participation.

  • Live and asynchronous attendees will be confirmed by combination of Zoom attendance reports and attestation statements.  Completion of a post-attendance survey is also expected.



There is no relevant financial disclosure with ineligible companies for any program planner or presenter involved with this activity. 


The Academy of Forensic Nursing is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development with by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

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