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Academy of Forensic Nursing

PO Box 179402

St. Louis, MO 63117-1645

Email: info@afnmail.org

© 2019  Academy of Forensic Nursing

AFN Special Interest Groups (SIG)

All SIG positions are volunteer positions filled by AFN members in good standing. These positions require a time commitment of 4-6 hours per month. If you are interested in joining a SIG, please click on the "Contact Chair" button under the corresponding SIG listed below.


Special Interest Group

The Adult Trauma SIG supports forensic nurses providing care to adult survivors of various forms of trauma, including strangulation, sexual assault, intimate partner violence, etc. This group is dedicated to promoting the provision of evidence-based care to adult trauma survivors.


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The Behavioral Health SIG supports forensic nurses working in mental/behavioral health and substance abuse treatment. This group addresses issues related to mental/behavioral health and substance abuse and develops resources to facilitate the provision of evidence-based mental health care.


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The Campus Sexual Assault SIG supports the professionals involved in the investigation of alleged incidences of sexual assault occurring on college and university campuses and/or incidents of sexual assault involving students enrolled in colleges and universities. This SIG is committed to facilitating a high-quality, evidence-based approach to the provision of care and services to sexual assault victims on college and university campuses.


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The Child Maltreatment SIG promotes the provision of evidence-based care to pediatric victims of maltreatment. This SIG is focused on providing education and tools to other healthcare professionals and those involved in the investigation of child maltreatment to aide in its prevention, identification, documentation, and treatment.


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Corrections nursing is the practice of nursing and the delivery of patient care within the unique and distinct environment of the criminal justice system. The Community Corrections SIG supports the commitment of the corrections nurse to protect, promote, and optimize the health and abilities of the incarcerated patients entrusted to their care.  


Special Interest Group

Cyberbullying is a form of bullying that is facilitated through the utilization of digital devices such as cell phones, computers, and tablets. All forms of bullying are detrimental to the health and well-being of victims. The Cyberbulling SIG is dedicating to supporting the forensic nurses working with victims of cyberbullying, as well as those working to prevent the incidence of the pervasive behavior.


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The Death Investigation SIG supports forensic nurse examiners in the application of their knowledge, training, experience, and expertise to investigate causes and manner of death. This SIG is dedicated to the application of evidence-based principles of medico-legal death investigation.


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The Developmental Disabilities SIG is focused on providing education and tools to healthcare professionals and others involved in the investigation of crimes against people with developmental disabilities.


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The Elder Abuse SIG is dedicated to bringing awareness to the incidence of maltreatment and neglect of elderly adults. This SIG is focused on providing education and tools to other healthcare professionals and those involved in the investigation of elder abuse to aide in its prevention, identification, documentation, and treatment.


Special Interest Group

The Forensic Nurse Coordinator SIG supports the unique needs of forensic nurse examiners charged with leading and managing forensic nurse examiner programs. Developing evidence-based, cost-effective solutions to daily challenges faced by Forensic Nurse Coordinators to ensure the provision of high-quality, evidence-based care to those in need of forensic nursing care is the main focus of this SIG.


Special Interest Group

Human trafficking is the trade of humans for the purpose of forced labor, sexual slavery, or commercial sexual exploitation for the trafficker and/or others. The Human Trafficking SIG is dedicated to ensuring the prompt identification, evidence-based treatment, and proper healing of victims of human trafficking. Providing nurses and others who may encounter these victims with the tools necessary to timely identify and properly treat them is the main goal of this SIG. 


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The Immigration SIG is committed to establishing initiatives that embrace principles of forensic nursing in the care of victims seeking asylum, T and U Visas, and immigration relief from torture and abuse.


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The International SIG is supports forensic nurses working abroad or outside of the United States.


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The Legal Nurse Consultant (LNC) SIG supports the forensic nurse examiner in the application of their knowledge, training, and experience during testimony in criminal and civil litigation for both the prosecution and the defense. 


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The LGBTQIA SIG is comprised of members whose goals are to provide education related to the care of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer/questioning, intersexual, and asexual patients. The focus is to ensure nurses and other healthcare providers have access to current and easy to use information and tools to facilitate the provision of the highest quality of care to this patient population.


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The Mass Disaster SIG is dedicated to supporting forensic nurses and other professionals who respond in the aftermath of a major, manmade or natural disaster in which so many individuals are injured that local emergency medical services are overwhelmed and/or destroyed.


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The Military SIG is dedicated to providing resources and support to forensic nurses working for all branches of the Military, whether Civilian or Active Duty.


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The School Nurse SIG supports those providing nursing services and prevention efforts to promote the health and safety of children and adolescents in the primary and secondary education settings. 


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The Stalking SIG supports the Forensic Nurse Examiner and other professionals investigating incidences of stalking. This SIG develops and provides expertise, tools, and resources to these professionals to ensure the health and safety of stalking victims.


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The Student Nurse SIG supports nursing students who aspire to become forensic nurses, as well as experienced nurses earning a higher education in forensic nursing.