Forensic Nursing Science Section News


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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: nominations will be accepted between July 1 and August 31, 2022. Applications submitted after August 31 will not be considered.

Award Criteria for the Forensic Nursing Scientist Award: This award is given to a forensic nurse scholar who is actively engaged in advancing the science of forensic nursing. Forensic nurses nominated for this award demonstrate significant achievement in the areas of forensic nursing research development, implementation, translation, and/or dissemination. These scholarly contributions help to advance the scientific discipline of nursing and improve health and legal outcomes of patients affected by trauma, violence, and maltreatment. Click HERE for the Nomination Form.

Award Criteria for the Virginia Lynch Forensic Nurse Innovator Award: This award is given to a forensic nurse actively engaged in forensic nursing leadership, practice, service, and/or education. Forensic nurses nominated for this award demonstrate significant achievement in advancing forensic nursing through endeavors that help improve health and legal outcomes in patients affected by trauma, violence, and maltreatment. Activities include the delivery of exceptional, evidence-based, high-quality patient care; transformative leadership practices; advancement of the specialty through professional service contributions; and/or engagement in the development and delivery of quality forensic nursing education. Click HERE for the Nomination Form.

Please contact Kelly Berishaj (berishaj@oakland.edu) with any questions regarding the awards.

Membership in the Academy means building forensic nursing internationally and being able to inspire professionals.

Membership: The Forensic Nursing Science Section is seeking new members. We look forward to adding new members who bring scientific contributions and ideas to our section. If you have a forensic colleague who has shown interest, encourage them to apply. Please contact Membership Chair Stacy Drake (Drakestacy718@gmail.com) for more information.

Nominating: The Nominating Committee announces a call for nominations for Section Chair and Section Secretary, both of whom will be elected during the section business meeting in February 2022. A list of officer responsibilities may be found at www.aafs.org. For further information, please contact Nancy Cabelus (nancycabelus@gmail.com,) Janean Fossum (jfossum@epud.net) or Mary Sullivan (horrido2@aol.com).