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As the specialty of forensic nursing grows and evolves, research, literature, and practice guidelines will support specialty and role expansion. Education on forensic nursing topics and concepts is essential as it forms the basis for certification. The webinar will provide an introduction to the fastest growing nursing specialty today. The past, present, and future of forensic nursing will be discussed, highlighting the continued need for trauma-informed, patient-centered practice.

This course will retire after 14th April 2025.

Learning Outcomes

After participating in this course, learners will be able to:

  • Describe the role of forensic nursing as newly defined

  • Learn how this role can impact health and legal outcomes for patients who have experienced trauma, violence, or maltreatment

Speaker Bios


Diana Faugno graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing-University of North Dakota and a Master of Science in Nursing-University of Phoenix. Ms. Faugno is a Founding Board Director for End Violence Against Women International (EVAWI) She is a founding board member for the Academy of Forensic Nursing and the current past president of the Academy of Forensic Nursing as well as a retired fellow in the American Academy of Forensic Science. She is a Distinguished Fellow in the International Association of Forensic Nurses and the Academy of Forensic Nursing. She currently is the nurse examiner at Live Safe resources in Dallas, Georgia. She was the nurse examiner at the Barbara Sinatra Children's Center and Eisenhower Medical Center's SART team for many years.


Valerie Sievers, MSN, RN, SANE-A, SANE-P, DF-AFN, Forensic Clinical Nurse Specialist

Valerie Sievers is a Forensic Clinical Nurse Specialist with more than 35years of health care experience as a registered nurse, advanced practice nurse, educator, and consultant with extensive practice experience in the areas of emergency and critical care nursing, academia, and forensic clinical practice. As a Clinical Nurse Specialist, Val provides advanced education regarding the care & treatment of patients affected by interpersonal violence and abuse. She is currently board certified as an adult-adolescent and pediatric sexual assault nurse examiner, is a founding board member of the Academy of Forensic Nursing, and owner of Med Law Consultants, LLC, a forensic healthcare consulting practice.


Stacey A. Mitchell, DNP, MBA, RN, SANE-A, SANE-P, DF-AFN, FAAN

Dr. Mitchell is currently a Clinical Professor at Texas A&M University and director of the Center of Excellence in Forensic Nursing. She has practiced as a forensic nurse for 28 years in the clinical arena and in the medical examiner setting. She is the President of the Forensic Nursing Certification Board, a 501(c)3 not for profit organization. Dr. Mitchell consults regularly on cases and lectures nationally.






This course provides learners with the necessary knowledge and resources to develop a clinical knowledge base when caring for patients of sexual violence.



Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing (Sigma) is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

This course provides learners with the necessary knowledge and resources to develop a clinical knowledge base when caring for patients of sexual violence. The goal of this course is to provide affordable, comprehensive basic SAFE Adult/Adolescent education using pedagogical science to thread nursing philosophies, theory, concepts, practice frameworks, scope, and standards of practice through forensic nursing educational opportunities. The course contains 14 modules that follow the International Association of Forensic Nurses (IAFN) Educational Guidelines for Adolescent/Adult SANE practice and features subject matter experts from around the United States.

What’s in it for me?

This course provides a solid foundation of knowledge for medical professionals to begin forensic nursing practice, under the guidance of a qualified preceptor. Learners will be able to gather and utilize available research and best practices surrounding the medical forensic examination for patients affected by sexual assault. Participants have 12 weeks to complete the online program. After completion, participants will be eligible to receive 45.30 NCPD contact hours. This course does not guarantee eligibility for qualification or passage of the IAFN certification exam, please consult your state and/or national certifying bodies.

Program Outline:

Module 1: Overview of Forensic Nursing and Sexual Violence (5.4 CNE*)
Module 2: Victim Responses and Crisis Intervention (1.7 CNE*)
o    Responses and Neurophysiology of Trauma
Module 3: Collaborating with Community Agencies (3.1 CNE*)
Module 4: Medical Forensic Examination: History Taking (2.3 CNE*)
Module 5: Observing and Assessing Physical Examination Findings (7.0 CNE*)
Module 6: Medical Forensic Evaluation Specimen Collection (3.8 CNE*)
o    Sexual Assault examination of the patient (victim and suspect)
Module 7: Vulnerable Populations (5.1 CNE*)
o    Sexual Assault of Older Persons
o    Communicating with Patients with Disabilities Experiencing Sexual Assault
o    Male Sexual Assault
o    Patients Unable to Consent-Incapacitation
o    Sexual Assault of LGBTQ Patients
Module 8: Medical Forensic Evaluation Photography (1.6 CNE*)
Module 9: Sexually Transmitted Infection Testing & Prophylaxis (0.8 CNE*)
Module 10: Pregnancy Testing and Prophylaxis (0.5 CNE*)
Module 11: Medical Forensic Evaluation Documentation (1.2 CNE*)
Module 12: Discharge and Follow-up Planning (0.5 CNE*)
Module 13: Legal Considerations and Judicial Proceedings (2.7 CNE*)
Module 14: A Complete Medical Forensic Exam (1.7 CNE*)

Authors and Contributors
Barbra Bachmeier, JD, MSN, APRN, NP-C, DF-AFN, FAEN

Ms. Bachmeier is a nurse practitioner and forensic nurse examiner at IU Health-Methodist Hospital and a solo attorney at Guardian Ad Litem and Guardianship Practice in Indianapolis, IN. She completed her clinical ethics fellowship in 2013 at Charles W. Fairbanks Center for Medical Ethics-IU Health. Her nursing career began in 1982 as a licensed practical nurse at Trinity Medical Center in Minot, ND. From there, she has worked as a staff nurse, nurse practitioner, and forensic nurse examiner with several positions being held in the emergency medicine department. In 2015, she received the National ENA Nursing Practice and Professionalism Award from the National Emergency Nurses Association. She also is retired from the US Military with 29 years of service.

Course Editors

Ms. Faugno is a leader in forensic nursing of sexual assault across the lifespan. As leader, she has served on a variety of boards, currently serving as the President of the Academy of Nursing and Treasurer and Founding Director of End Violence Against Women International. She is a prolific author, co-authoring the landmark Color Atlas of Sexual Assault (1997), and guiding the forensic nursing practices in assessment of children and adults alike with the latest being Child Sexual Abuse Assessment (STM, 2019). She lectures widely to interprofessional and multidisciplinary teams nationally and internationally on a variety of topics relating to sexual assault, injury assessment, and strangulation. As such, her multiple awards for vision (Virginia Lynch Award) and achievement span decades and include Fellow status from the American Academy of Forensic Science, Fellow from the Academy of Forensic Nursing, and Distinguished Fellow from the International Association of Forensic Nursing.

Dr. Speck is a Professor and Coordinator of the Advanced Forensic Nursing at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, School of Nursing. She is internationally recognized as a Board-Certified Family Nurse Practitioner and expert in advanced forensic nursing care of patients experiencing an intersection with the legal system. She consults globally with governments, universities, institutions, and Non-Governmental Organizations to evaluate and implement infrastructure change in response to victims of violence. As a forensic nursing practice expert and active researcher, she develops policy, evaluates programs and builds nursing workforce capacity through publication, education, and violence prevention initiatives. She held a number of offices in organizations, noteworthy was President of the International Association of Forensic Nurses (2003-2004), Chair, American Public Health Association%rsquo;s Family Violence Prevention Forum/Caucus (2011-2013). She is the recipient of over 25 awards, including: Fellow American Academy of Forensic Sciences (2008), Distinguished Fellow, International Association of Forensic Nurses (2001) and Academy of Forensic Nursing (2018), and Fellow, American Academy of Nurses (2002). She is the recipient of over 25 awards and received the Lifetime Professional Impact Award from End Violence Against Women International in 2017.




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Developed by the Academy of Forensic Nursing, human trafficking survivors, healthcare leaders, and Safe House Project  the H.O.P.E. (Healthcare Observations for the Prevention & Eradication of Human Trafficking) Training is a survivor-informed, trauma-informed, and patient-centered video-based training that equips all healthcare workers to identify potential human trafficking victims, give support, and offer resources. 


  • 90% of victims will come in contact with a healthcare professional during the course of their trafficking. You have the power to identify and respond to the needs of trafficking survivors in your community.

  • Interactive, video-based content sharing survivors' stories and practical steps to eradicate trafficking, plus you receive 2.5 Continuing Education Credits for this training.

8 Video Training Modules, plus key learning objectives, knowledge checks, and guides to equip you to effectively identify and respond to suspected trafficking.

  • Introduction to Human Trafficking

  • Familial Trafficking of Minors

  • Safety Considerations for Treating Trafficking Victims

  • Vulnerable Populations to Trafficking

  • Traffickers' Sources of Control

  • Telehealth Appointments & External Factors

  • Labor Trafficking Key Signs & Statistics  

  • Key Signs & Indicators Review


Survivor Impact:

"I saw many of the workers sense something was wrong, I saw them wrestle with what to do...Healthcare workers who are equipped to identify trafficking and familiar with how to respond have the opportunity to save lives." - Sarah, Survivor



Working team:

Karen B. Silva PhD, MSFN, MSN, RN-BC
Christine Foote-Lucero MSN, RN, CEN, SANE-A, SANE-P
Ruth Downing MSN RN CNP SANE-A
Mary Suchetka MSN, FE
Brittany Dunn MBA
Sarah Evans, Lived Experience Expert
Rikki McDaniel - Crime Scene Investigator
Derik T. Timmerman, PhD, CFRE

Review Team:

Rachel Niemiec FNP-BC, SANE, Lived Experience Expert
Cory Orosz RN
Dr. Douglas Ayres, MD - Orthopedics
Dr. Jordan Greenbaum, MD, Institute on Healthcare & Human Trafficking
Jamie Bost, MSN-L, RN
Dr. Marlene Carson - Lived Experience Expert, Member of the United States Advisory Council on Human Trafficking

On-Screen Medical Professionals:

Angie Alexander - RN, AFN-BC, CEN, SANE
Heather Waleski - FNP, Pediatric Urgent Care
Dr. Jaqueline Sosa, MD - Pediatrics
Dr. Marcos Sosa, MD - Obstetrics and Gynecology
Kelly Moriarty - RN, SANE, Injury Prevention Coordinator
Dr. Marlene Carson - Lived Experience Expert, Member of the United States Advisory Council on Human Trafficking



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