News Related to: Forensic Nursing Science

Some “Red Flags” in an Active Shooter

In July, the Forensic Nursing Science Section posted an article by Cliff Akiyama providing information on active shooter incidents. This month we would like to provide an update to that article with “red flags” for this type of scenario. Forensic nurses and those in charge with the direct care of individuals must learn to counter […]

30 Years of Forensic Nurse Influence and Impact on Justice

Sources: Patricia M. Speck, DNSc, and Stacey A. Mitchell, DNP, Forensic Nursing Science Section During National Forensic Nurses Week, (November 6–12), the Forensic Nursing Science Section of the Academy joins with members of other nursing and forensic organizations throughout the world to celebrate the mission, the work, and outstanding accomplishments of forensic nurses. Thousands of […]

Forensic Nursing: Best-Kept Secret

Source: Nancy Booth, RN, MSN It is not uncommon for people to be surprised when I tell them I work in corrections, and they admit they had no idea that inmates would need medical care. Among my colleagues, we joke that correctional nursing is the biggest secret, not only to the public, but to our […]

The General Section Will Do Things a Little Differently at the February Conference …

Source: Brian L. Janysek, MFS, General Section Secretary For those General Section members coming to Orlando, note there will not be a General Section lunch or speaker this year. In recent years, the cost of the luncheon has steadily increased, and participation steadily declined. So instead of continuing that trend, the General Section will do […]

Presidential Spotlight on the Forensic Nursing Science Section

This month’s Presidential Spotlight focuses on the Academy’s newest section—the Forensic Nursing Science Section. This article provides an introduction to the section as well as the discipline’s history. Sources: Virginia A. Lynch, MSN, RN, AAFS Retired Fellow, and Joyce P. Williams, DNP, RN, Section Chair Genesis of a New Era of Forensic Science Forensic nursing […]

Forensic Nursing Science Section News

Source: Joyce P. Williams, DNP, Forensic Nursing Science Section Chair The award nominations deadline is fast-approaching! All nominations must be received by August 31. Nominators must submit the following materials: Award Application Nominee Curriculum Vitae Two letters of support that can attest to the nominee’s contributions (one from an AAFS member in good standing and […]

Forensic Nursing Science Section News

Source: Joyce P. Williams, DNP, Forensic Nursing Science Section Chair Awards are an integral part of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS). The Forensic Nursing Science Section will offer two award opportunities this year—the Forensic Nursing Scientist Award and the Virginia Lynch Forensic Nurse Innovator Award. We are accepting nominations for these two awards: […]

Forensic Nursing Science Section News—July 22, 2022

Source: Joyce P. Williams, DNP, Forensic Nursing Science Section Chair The deadline is closing for abstract submissions for oral, poster, case studies, and workshops. The Program Committee is actively seeking moderators for the sessions. If you can volunteer for a segment (usually 90 minutes), please contact Co-Chairs Kelly Berishaj ( or Janean Fossum ( Training […]

Forensic Nursing Science Section News

Source: Joyce P. Williams, DNP, Forensic Nursing Science Section Chair In an effort to provide important issues to our section members, we plan to publish articles that will illuminate national and international interest. We will also publish reports on the unique contributions of forensic nurses who have been engaged in the humanitarian missions associated with […]

A Snapshot of AAFS Forensic Nursing Science Section Chair Joyce P. Williams, DNP

As a young and eager nurse, the specialty of critical care was the perfect role this new graduate! Joyce Williams admits that she was challenged by caring for the patients who were experiencing life-threatening medical conditions, those recovering from complex surgeries, and the many others who had incurred traumatic injuries. However, after attending just two […]

Professional Liability Insurance: Is It Optional?

Source: David Griffith, Senior Vice President, Aon Affinity Health Care Division Events over the past two-plus years have made many nursing professionals reconsider whether they should continue to rely solely on their employer’s liability insurance to protect their ability to practice as a nurse, their financial wellbeing, and even their freedom. Whether due to the […]

Are You Prepared for an Active Shooter Incident?

Source: Cliff Akiyama, MA, MPH On the 4th of July, 2022, there were two highly publicized “active shooters,” one in Highland Park, IL, in which the 21-year-old shooter killed 7 and injured 40, who were all having a fun time, cheering and celebrating the 246th year of the birth of this nation. The second shooting […]

The Nurse Rodonda Vought Case—A Hospital Investigator’s Perspective

Source: Bruce Sackman, MA, Retired Investigator and Author No one has a greater appreciation for the profession of nursing than I. During a forty-plus-year career as an investigator specializing in medical center internal investigations, I have had the opportunity to work closely with some of the most professional, dedicated, and compassionate people on the planet. […]

AAFS Board Box—July 1

Source: Laura C. Fulginiti, PhD, 2022-23 AAFS President The AAFS Board of Directors met on June 30, 2022, and discussed a variety of issues. Here are the highlights: Welcome to our new Board member representing Forensic Nursing Science: Jamie Ferrell. The 2023 conference in Orlando, FL, will NOT have a vaccination or negative PCR test […]

Updated Bylaws Available

Source: Kimberly Wrasse, Assistant Director Updated AAFS Bylaws have been posted to the website HERE.  The bylaws amendments that were approved and recommended by the Board of Directors were approved by the voting membership at the AAFS Annual Business Meeting on Wednesday, February 23, 2022.  Here is a brief synopsis of those amendments: Article I. MEMBERS […]

Celebrating Forensic Nursing

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 […]