Congratulations to our 2021 Distinguished Members and Fellow!

The Academy would like to congratulate our 2021 Distinguished Members. Their efforts to advance the mission and science of forensic nursing have not gone unnoticed.  They have distinguished themselves within the ranks of the Academy and the field of Forensic Nursing. It is the Academy's overarching goal to build a community wherein forensic nursing professionals can grow professionally and, in turn, contribute to the field and the broader society.  Please join us in congratulating them!

Distinguished Members

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Kirstin Neumann-Sweeney

Kirstin started with HAVEN in Oakland County as a Court and First Response Advocate for IPV and SA, working on the START (Safe Therapeutic Assault Response Team), and then working with children at CareHouse in Oakland County prior to obtaining 2nd degree (BSN).  Prior to that, Kirstin worked in finance/operations for 20 years.  She gained her initial RN experience in emergency nursing before joining the WC SAFE program in Detroit as a contract sexual assault nurse examiner.  She accepted a full-time position with WC SAFE Program and currently a SAFE Program Co-Director.  Her primary focus is on professional development including SANE training manuals, didactics and clinicals.  Kirstin is also responsible for development of services and logistics of the program’s examination sites.  She has completed approximately 500 exams.  She currently serves as the marketing and development chair for Academy of Forensic Nurses and is currently working on the development of e-newsletters, website, organizational marketing media (future regional conferences/training opportunities), and future membership services. 

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Angie Morris, BSN, RN, CEN, SANE-A, SANE-P, EMT-B

Angie Morris serves as the Project Coordinator for the Indiana SANE Training Project, which is hosted by the University of Southern Indiana's College of Nursing and Health Professions.  The Project provides advanced nursing education for Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners and works to expand access to qualified forensic nurses in the state of Indiana.   

 

Her educational background includes a bachelor’s degree in the concentration of social & behavioral science with minors in sociology and criminal justice from Indiana University and a bachelor of science in nursing from Marian University, where she graduated with honors.  She is currently working toward a Master of Science in Nursing at the University of Southern Indiana.

 

Prior to becoming a nurse, Angie worked for over a decade in various roles within the criminal justice and legal field and served as a program director for the State of Indiana. 

 

Angie has experience as a forensic nurse examiner in the Emergency Department of a metropolitan level I trauma center, providing services to both adult and pediatric patients.  She is a board certified Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner and Certified Emergency Nurse and has served as a forensic nurse on hundreds of cases including homicides, sexual assaults, strangulation, domestic violence, human trafficking, child maltreatment, elder abuse, and other traumatic injuries.  She has provided expert and witness testimony in courtrooms, educated and precepted new forensic nurses, and presented to healthcare providers on an international platform.  

 

Angie is a member of the Academy of Forensic Nursing, Emergency Nurses Association, Sigma Theta Tau Honor Society of Nursing, and the International Association of Forensic Nurses.  She is the Secretary of the Indiana State Board of Nursing and serves on the Indiana Emergency Nurses Association State Council as the Forensic Committee Chair.  Angie also continues to work PRN in the Emergency Department to maintain clinical competency.      

 

Angie is a lifelong Hoosier and lives in Fishers, Indiana with her husband and two young children.   

Distinguished Fellow

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Dr. Paul Thomas Clements

Paul Thomas Clements is a forensic psychiatric clinical specialist, a Certified Gang Specialist, and forensic consultant. Clements has provided consultation for EMT’s, Child Protective Agency personnel, trauma/emergency nurses, psychiatric providers, hospital systems, and corporate executives - each regarding vulnerability risk assessment, bullying, and decreasing the number of violent incidents in the workplace. Clements has three edited textbooks: Violence against women: Contemporary examination of intimate partner violence, Mental health issues in child maltreatment, and Nursing approach to the evaluation of child maltreatment. Additionally, he has numerous peer review publications and national and international conference presentations regarding stress, trauma, violence and aggression, coping after a violent death, safety promotion, and exposure to interpersonal violence and crime. Clements has also spent time in Bolivia, working with provincial judges, prosecutors and forensic psychologists regarding enhanced assessment and intervention with children victimized by sexual aggression and other forms of violence.

Clements holds a Doctor of Philosophy in Forensic Psychiatric Nursing from The University of Pennsylvania with clinical practice that has focused on the traumatic presentations and behaviors of those exposed to violence, including subsequent death. Clements was inducted as a Distinguished Fellow in the International Association of Forensic Nurses in 2002, and was an inaugural Associate Editor of the Journal of Forensic Nursing from 2005-2012.