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AFN Member Center Code of Conduct, AFN Member Center Terms of Use, and AFN Member Center Legal Disclaimer




Welcome to the Academy of Forensic Nursing (AFN) Colleague Cafe, and we are glad you have joined our discussion here! This area of our website is for AFN members only, and it was established to facilitate the sharing of professional ideas and information between our members.  To facilitate the best possible experience for all our members, we have established some basic guidelines for participation.

Simply by entering and participating in the Colleague Cafe, you agree that you have read and will follow our rules and guidelines.  You also agree to reserve all discussions, shared files, and content to that best suited for this forum, which is related to forensic nursing and healthcare.  This is an excellent forum to share ideas, solicit the advice of your peers, benefit from the experiences of your peers, and participate in an ongoing conversation.

Please take a moment to review the following guidelines prior to engaging with your peers in the AFN Colleague Cafe. In order to facilitate a climate that encourages civil and productive dialogue in our Cafe, AFN reserves the right to suspend or terminate the access of any member to this lounge for the violation of any of these rules without notice. If you have questions or concerns, or to report improper conduct or offensive posts or behavior, please contact our leadership team at the following email address:


  • A clearly and concisely stated subject should be placed in the subject line of each post you initiate on any discussion board.

  • Post your discussion to the most appropriate discussion board.  Please do not post the same message on multiple discussion threads.

  • Include your name at the end of all posts.

  • Do not post anything that you would not want the world to see or that you would not want anyone to know came from you. 

  • All defamatory, abusive, profane, threatening, offensive, or uncivil conduct, as well as the sharing of illegal content are strictly prohibited.

  • Any posts or comments are subject to libel, slander, and antitrust laws. 

  • Be respectful of your peers.  The discussions and comments are meant to stimulate meaningful and respectful dialog. Please do not attack your peers.  It is okay to disagree with them, but all members should do so with respect.  While it is also okay to have an opinion, we are responsible for practicing forensic nursing in accordance with the best available evidence, and one of our goals at AFN is to help our members keep up with the ever-changing, evidence-based best practices.  For that reason, AFN members should avoid the dissemination of inaccurate or old information or offer practice advice that is not supported by the best available evidence.  If there are disagreements with a practice issue, please support your discussion with the best available, scholarly evidence.  

  • Please do not publish posts recounting healthcare experiences that include names or other potentially identifying information about the organizations, care provider(s), or patient(s) involved. Use discretion in discussing potentially sensitive situations, keeping in mind that information created electronically could be archived, reproduced, and shared with persons outside the original posting site.

  • Do not post any information or other material protected by copyright without the permission of the copyright owner.  By posting material, the posting party warrants and represents that he or she owns the copyright with respect to such material or has received permission from the copyright owner.  In addition, the posting party grants AFN and users of this site the non-exclusive right and license to display, copy, publish, distribute, transmit, print, and use such information or other material.

  • Discussion posts that encourage or facilitate members to arrive at any agreement that either expressly or impliedly leads to price fixing, a boycott of another's business, or other conduct intended to illegally restrict free trade may violate the law and are prohibited.

  • Do not advertise any commercial products on any discussion board or anywhere else on the AFN website where others may be able to see it.  Use caution when discussing any type of commercial product anywhere on the AFN website.

  • Carefully review all items listed in the terms and conditions and legal disclaimers posted on the website, particularly regarding the copyright ownership of information posted. 

  • AFN reserves the right to delete any discussion post for any reason.

  • AFN reserves the right to terminate access to any user who does not abide by these guidelines.



As a current member of AFN, you are hereby granted a limited, non-exclusive, and revocable license to access and use this website for your information and the purpose of facilitating professional collaboration as an AFN member and only for the duration of your membership in our organization.


By posting material on the AFN website and discussion boards, the posting party warrants and represents that he or she owns the copyright with respect to such material or has received permission from the copyright owner. The posting party also grants AFN and other users of this site the non-exclusive right and license to display, copy, publish, distribute, transmit, print, and use such information or other material.


AFN website users and members agree that the AFN exclusively reserves the right and may, at any time and without notice and without any liability to you, modify or discontinue this website and its services or delete the data you provide, whether temporarily or permanently.  AFN shall have no liability for the timeliness, deletion, failure to store, inaccuracy, or improper delivery of any data or information.


The use of the AFN website is provided “as is.”  No implied or express guarantee is provided should there be any error, data loss, breach of privacy, or any other event causing any malfunction what-so-ever.  It is the sole responsibility of the user to back-up any information input into the AFN website, and service may completely cease without prior warning.


AFN website users, including AFN members, may not copy or distribute any content from any portion of the AFN website including, but not limited to, any discussion posts, page text, logo(s), trademarks, or the “look and feel” of our website without the prior, express, written permission of the AFN.



This site is provided as a service for the members of the Academy of Forensic Nursing (AFN).  AFN is not responsible for the opinions and information posted on this site by others.  We disclaim all warranties with regard to information posted on this site, whether posted by AFN or any third party.  This disclaimer includes all implied warranties of merchantability and fitness.

In no event shall AFN be liable for any special, indirect, or consequential damages or any damages what-so-ever resulting from loss of use, data, or profits, arising out of or in connection with the use or performance of any information posted on this site. The information published by the AFN on this website is believed accurate when posted, and while the information contained within the website is periodically updated, no guarantee is given that the information provided in this website is correct, complete, and/or up-to-date.

Although the AFN website may include links that provide direct access to other Internet resources, including third party websites, AFN is not responsible for the accuracy or content of information contained in/on those websites.  Links from AFN to third-party sites do not constitute an endorsement by AFN of the parties and/or their products and/or services.  The appearance on those websites of advertisements and/or product and/or service information does not constitute an endorsement by AFN, and AFN has not investigated the claims made by any advertiser.

AFN does not actively monitor the Colleague Cafe for inappropriate postings; however, we will take appropriate action when any offensive or inappropriate post(s) are brought to our attention.


AFN reserves the right to terminate access to any user who does not abide by the established guidelines and rules for use.

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