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The DAISY Nurse Leader of the Year Award in Forensic Nursing

The Academy of Forensic Nursing is thrilled to sponsor the first-ever DAISY Nurse Leader of the Year Award in Forensic Nursing!

The DAISY Nurse Leader of the Year Award in Forensic Nursing was created to recognize the value and importance of nurse leaders within the forensic nursing community. Forensic nursing leaders exist in all practice settings, academia, and beyond. These highly specialized nursing leaders exemplify competencies specific to working with persons experiencing trauma and violence, along with resilience and grit, and dedication.


The AFN DAISY Nurse Leader Award seeks those who embody our organization's mission statement, which is to link research to practice through dissemination of scholarship, education, and service to those affected by and responding to trauma, with an ultimate vision of responding to trauma with care.


  • Mentors other Forensic Nurse Leaders or Forensic Clinical Nurses

  • Promotes the image and visibility of forensic nursing in the community and the profession

  • Role-models forensic nursing leadership attributes of being visionary and strategic

  • Supports forensic nursing professional or programmatic and policy development

Two Nomination Categories:

  • Clinical Forensic Nursing Pathfinder: a specialized resource or guide who assists forensic nurses in navigating the intersection of healthcare and the legal system. This pathfinder provides essential information, tools, and references tailored to the unique needs of forensic nursing practice.

  • Forensic Nursing Scholar: a highly knowledgeable and dedicated professional in the field of forensic nursing who engages in advanced study, research, and education to contribute to the body of knowledge and practice in this specialty.

Eligible Job Titles:

  • Forensic Nurse Examiner (FNE)

  • Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE)

  • Forensic Nurse Death Investigator / Nurse Coroner (FNDI)

  • Forensic Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse

  • Legal Nurse Consultant

  • Correctional Nurse

  • Forensic Nurse Educator

  • Forensic Nurse Researcher

Nominations for the 2024 award closed on July 15, 2024.
Award will be presented LIVE at AFN Las Vegas, September 18, 2024.

Please click the button below to begin your nomination for the 2024 DAISY Nurse Leader of the Year Award in Forensic Nursing.​

2024 Award Timeline

July 15, 2024

Nominations Close

August 19, 2024

Award Recipient Announcement

September 18, 2024

Presentation of Award LIVE at AFN Las Vegas

About The DAISY Foundation

The DAISY Foundation was established in 1999 by the family of J. Patrick Barnes who died from complications of the autoimmune disease Idiopathic Thrombocytopenia Purpura (ITP) at the age of 33. DAISY is an acronym for Diseases Attacking the Immune SYstem. To learn more, please visit:

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