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Forensic Nurses Week: November 7-11, 2016








Check back soon for more resources!

Remember to wear lilac—our color—all day, Friday, November 11th. Please help us promote and celebrate your critical work among your forensic nursing colleagues, within your facility, and  throughout your community!


Look How Our Members Have Celebrated in the Past

Forensic Nursing Excellence

Recently we sent out a call to members to recognize their peers. This Peer Recognition program honors those forensic nurses that are active members of the association, many of whom help by providing preventive services, policy development, influencing legislation, and collaborating with other healthcare, social services, and criminal justice system professionals to enhance the care of their patients.
Members of the International Association of Forensic Nurses witness their colleagues perform exceptional community outreach. We want to recognize these outstanding forensic nurses for bringing awareness to the specialty and compassion to their patients.


Check out these nurses who have been recognized by their peers in 2015:

Albino Gomes | Elizabeth Roach | Jen Spry  |  Kerry O'Connor | Paula Newman Skomski | Rebecca Rodriguez | Ruth DowningSally Helton | Susan Clay | Tara Wilkie | Tawnya Burton | Vikki Vodosia |

About Forensic Nurses

Studies show that nearly 40% of people experience consequential violence or abuse, and these victims access the healthcare system at least twice as frequently as those without a history. Forensic nurses are the first responders to victims once they enter the healthcare system. Forensic nurses care for victims and perpetrators of physical, psychological, and/or social violence and/or abuse. Forensic nurses provide nursing care, collect evidence, and provide consultation in a variety of areas including: sexual assault, domestic violence, child abuse and neglect, death investigation, elder mistreatment, corrections, emergency services, mental health, and public health. Learn more.

About Forensic Nurses Week

Forensic Nurses Week is organized by the International Association of Forensic Nurses, a nursing association representing more than 3,300 registered nurses, death investigators, other forensic medical professionals, correctional officers, and law enforcement in over 24 countries. To celebrate, these professionals will raise awareness in their communities by displaying posters in their facilities, educating their colleagues about the practice, and wearing lilac—the designated color of forensic nursing.


2016 Press Releases: coming soon

Official Press Release (International) - .PDF
For general use in sending to local, national, and international publications.

Official Press Release (Individual) - .DOC
For use in honoring nurses in your community. Enter nurse's name and community.

Forensic Nurses on YouTube

Have you subscribed to the Forensic Nurses YouTube Channel? Check out our candid and poignant videos. Learn more about forensic nursing and share the videos with your colleagues or community leaders. Any way you share promotes awareness and attention to the important patient care that forensic nurses provide.

During Forensic Nurses Week, visit our channel and share the videos with your peers, students, and your hospital and facility administrators. Let your voice be heard. Let your compassion show.

Image of Forensic Nursing Video


Forensic Nurses Week Resources:

Post the image on your website, blog, or social media profile to raise awareness and show support. Download Web-ready JPG 
Image of Forensic Nursing Tee-shirts Check out all the new items available just in time for Forensic Nurses Week! 

Send an email to your colleagues to tell them about Forensic Nurses Week. It's so easy! Just copy and paste this sample text into an email.

Contact your Policy Maker and tell them that Forensic Nurses Week is important to you--and how important forensic nursing is to patients. Learn how to contact your Policy Makers

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Share Your Ideas

Let us know how you celebrate Forensic Nurses Week. We want to share your ideas, suggestions, videos, and photos with other Association members on Facebook and on the IAFN website.


Have suggestions for future Forensic Nurses Week themes and activities? Email your information and ideas to


Join us on Facebook for Forensic Nurses Week! Become a fan of our page and share your stories, pictures, or videos. Follow the conversation on Twitter at #FNWEEK and join our celebration of you!

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