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Liz Louden RN, BN, MSN, SANE -A

July 2017 Update - Joye E. Frost - Champion Award

As part of our Lobby Day this April, IAFN honored one of our federal partners that has championed the work of forensic nurses.  To support lasting governmental relationships, the inaugural Champion Award was presented to Joye E. Frost, Director, Office For Victims of Crime (Retired in December 2016).

Ms. Frost served as the Director for OVC until 2016. During her previous tenure as OVC's Acting Director and Principal Deputy Director, she launched the Vision 21: Transforming Victim Services initiative to expand the reach and impact of the victim assistance field. She forged closer ties with State Victims of Crime Act administrators and championed the integration of innovation with research in OVC’s efforts to build capacity in the field. She fostered a groundbreaking partnership between OVC and the Department of Defense to strengthen support to military victims of sexual assault, and greatly expanded OVC’s work to assist victims in Indian Country. She was instrumental in the development of OVC's Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner and Sexual Assault Response Team Training and Technical Assistance initiatives and spearheaded a number of OVC projects to identify and serve victims of crime with disabilities. She also implemented and oversees a discretionary grant program to fund comprehensive services to victims of human trafficking.

Linda Ledray noted that: “She has made significant contributions to the growth of forensic nursing in the US. Since her first days at OVC nearly twenty years ago as a new grant manager through her retirement as the Director of OVC Joye has provided extremely valuable support to the development and growth of forensic nursing. As a new grant manager she was assigned to oversee a grant to develop a manual to facilitate SANE program development.  Little did she know when she got this assignment that it was the beginning of a full career that would involve facilitating the development of this model.”

Below, please find, a thank you from Ms. Frost.

Dear IAFN Staff, Board & members,

Thank you for honoring me with your "Champion" award on April 4th. It is such an honor to be recognized as a helpful federal partner who supports the incredible work of forensic nurses & IAFN.

I received the lovely crystal clock award with the engraving recognizing the award.

It’s absolutely beautiful & will serve as a reminder of some of my most meaningful work at the Office for Victims of Crime.

Thanks again & thank you for all that you do to support sexual assault victims.

Warm regards.

Joye Frost



Yours in Health,

Liz Louden RN, BN, MSN, SANE -A
President 2017
International Association of Forensic Nurses


May 2017 Update - International Nurses Day

May 12th, 2017, International Nurses Day, is the anniversary of Florence Nightingale’s birth. One hundred and ninety-seven years later, we find her principles continue to lead and guide the nursing profession around the globe.

Nurses: A Voice to Lead, Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGS); is this year’s theme chosen by the International Council of Nurses (ICN).
The 17 goals identified are as follows:


•    No poverty
•    Zero hunger, improved nutrition
•    Good health and well being
•    Quality education
•    Gender equality
•    Clean water and sanitation
•    Affordable and clean energy
•    Decent work and economic growth
•    Industry innovation and infrastructure
•    Reduced inequalities
•    Sustainable cities and communities
•    Responsible consumption and production
•    Climate action
•    Life below water
•    Life on the land
•    Peace, justice and strong institutions
•    Partnership for the goals

I am pleased to note that while this year’s toolkit contains something for every nurse to promote awareness and understanding of the challenges faced by each of us -  challenges that are globally similar, it also acknowledges the common myth that we all need to do more, blithely ignoring the tremendous accomplishments nurses achieve every day under less than optimal conditions. While none of us would believe our tasks are complete, it’s time to celebrate: what we do, how we do it and the differences we make. It’s the right thing to do; as we care for others, we also care for each other and ourselves.

Promotion of the 17 SDGS’s is within our scope of practice; as we prove each day that change is possible through awareness, education, empathy and compassion.
I raise a toast to each of my fellow nurses on this, our day of acknowledgment and hope that all of you feel honored and celebrated for the work that you do.

Please note the link to the message from the ICN for the 2017 International Nurses Day below:


Nurses: A Voice to Lead Achieving the SDGS


Yours in Health,

Liz Louden RN, BN, MSN, SANE -A
President 2017
International Association of Forensic Nurses


February 2017 Update


Dear IAFN Members:

As I connect with and meet so many of you, I am reminded of the strength in partnership when we work to achieve common goals. This year it is more important than ever that we be able to articulate our message: all patients deserve access to forensic nurses.

Let me encourage and welcome you to our upcoming Leadership and Lobby Days this April. Learn how to craft your message. Learn how to use your voice. Register today.

Leadership and Lobby Days are a wonderful opportunity to learn, connect and feel empowered. I hope that you all consider the event, as one of a kind, with the chance to network, a window for learning and achievement.

Please join us
April 3rd and 4th on Capitol Hill.

Liz Louden RN, BN, MSN, SANE -A
President 2017
International Association of Forensic Nurses


January 2017 Update


Dear IAFN Members:

I would like to join in wishing you a very Happy New Year. For those of you who do not yet know me personally, I am Canadian, live close to Niagara Falls, have four grown sons (of whom I am very proud), three lovely daughters-in-law, a brand new grandson and another due in March.


As we all close the door on 2016 and celebrate the incoming year of infinite possibility, we pack away our Christmas or other holiday decorations, we make resolutions to prepare this year to be the very best (certainly better than the last), we are reminded of many of the important aspects of both our work and our personal lives.  For me, as I think about 2017 and our profession, the common theme of teamwork comes immediately to mind.  As members of this organization, we strive to make our teamwork both effective and efficient. As your President, I choose to accept both the privilege and the responsibility to improve our membership organization, to make a difference. I am honoured to continue the leadership so effortlessly shown by my predecessors, who have left tremendously large shoes to fill.


We have so much to do, and so many thoughtful, talented people to do it. Our grant initiatives, partnerships with other organizations, focus on the importance of public policy, increasing membership with a focus on international members, improving the education we offer to you, and encouraging more research will continue while we will remain vigilant in ensuring our patients’ voices are heard. Expect to see a new educational offering directed at leadership and connected to our annual visit to Capitol Hill.

From politicians seeking to reduce access to full reproductive health care options and criminal justice professionals admonishing rape victims for not simply “keeping her legs crossed”, to the on-going backlog of thousands of forensic evidence kits going unsubmitted and untested, we as frontline providers to victims of sexual assault and domestic violence have to continue to be diligent and proactive this coming year.

I look forward to a productive year with you.  I encourage you to reach out, support one another, and to share - be communicative, open and involved.

Liz Louden RN, BN, MSN, SANE -A
President 2017
International Association of Forensic Nurses


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