Celebrating Forensic Nursing

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Sources: Joyce P. Williams, DNP, and Virginia A. Lynch, MSN

The AAFS membership will vote on accepting Forensic Nursing Science as the 12th section of the Academy at the February 23, 2022, Annual Business Meeting. The proposed leadership of this new section applaud our forensic nurse members’ commitment and pioneering spirit while wishing you the best of professional development as we expand our roles within the health and justice sciences. Please join us in this new section and help us change the world.

As Forensic Nursing Science has evolved within the General Section since 1991, it has now advanced beyond the section into the wider world of the forensic sciences. In just 30 years, the science of Forensic Nursing has circled the globe, reaching 57 countries, and continues to expand beyond the Academy and the International Association of Forensic Nurses as we move into 2022. We are pleased to have a new resource, the Academy of Forensic Nurses, to help disseminate the science of forensic nursing in other countries. Along with all of our partners, we salute all forensic nurses across the globe.

Current countries, including American Samoa, Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, Barbados, Belgium, Bermuda, Botswana, Brazil, Canada, Cayman Islands, Chile, Cuba, Dominica, Egypt, England, Finland, Germany, Ghana, Guadeloupe, Guam, Guyana, Hong Kong, Iceland, India, Iran, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Kenya, Lebanon, Mexico, Namibia, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Nigeria, Northern Mariana Islands, the Philippines, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Saint Helena, Saint Lucia, Saudi Arabia, Scotland, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates, the United States, and Zambia, among others in progress are working to establish forensic education, practice, and research.

Below are the committee members. Please feel free to reach out to Joyce Williams (joycewilliamsdnp@gmail.com) or Virginia Lynch (forensicsns@aol.com) with any questions.

Forensic Nurse Working Group

Virginia A. Lynch, MSN
Nancy B. Cabelus, DNP
Joyce P. Williams, DNP
Amy Y. Carney, PhD
Jamie Ferrell, MBA
Kelly A. Berishaj, DNP