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FNN President's Corner

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December 2016 Update


Dee Krebs pictured with Liz Louden and ANA President Pamela F. Cipriano, PhD, RN, FAAN

I would like to extend my warmest wishes for a wonderful holiday season. As my term as your President draws to a close, I would like to take this opportunity to especially thank Jennifer Pierce-Weeks who created a smooth and orderly transition as interim CEO of the IAFN this past year. I would like to thank each one of you for your continued support and commitment to the International Association of Forensic Nurses (IAFN). The IAFN thrived because of you the IAFN members, volunteers, Committee Chairs, Association staff, CFNC Board, and our current Board of Directors. We have had our challenges and our successes, but I am truly grateful for your tremendous efforts. Thank you!!

Through your hard work and support we will continue to flourish for many years to come. As I reflect on the past year, it is a pleasure for me to share a few of the IAFN highlights from 2016:

•    Revitalization of the membership committee and spotlighting our members.
•    Working with the Global Advisory Panel on the Future of Nursing (GAPFON), The Honor Society of
     Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International convened a core panel of visionary global nurse leaders,
     to identify global healthcare issues, specifically noting those related to a voice and vision for nursing.
     Summary reports were posted to
•    Revised Forensic Scope and Standards are on the way to the American Nurses Association Board
     of Directors for approval.
•    The Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch announced the release of the National Protocol for Sexual
     Abuse Medical Forensic Examinations, Pediatric (Pediatric SAFE Protocol) during Sexual Assault
     Awareness month, thanking the IAFN.
•    The Release of the SANE-A and SANE-P  Examination Preparation Prep Guide.
•    Attending many virtual chapter meetings. Thank you for sharing your chapter with me. I was able
     to bring many discussions and ideas to the IAFN BOD and to New York State as well.
•    With the release of the Government Accountability Office (GAO) report titled Sexual Assault:
     Information on Training, Funding and the Availability of Forensic Examiners,

     and working with
     several federal legislators, “The Sexual Assault Survivors’ Rights” was enacted and signed into law
     on October 7, 2016 by President Barack Obama.
•    IAFN initiated an application to be an ANCC approver.
•    Release of the Non-Fatal Strangulation Tool Kit.
•    Our annual conference was another huge success in Denver. It was sold out 2 months early with
     the largest attendance ever.
•    Title XI was formalized into a Task force, with the main objective to develop guidelines for SANEs
      regarding participation in Title IX proceedings.

The real highlight of this year was the hiring of our new CEO, Sally Laskey. Kimberly Womack and Liz Louden were Co-Chairs of the CEO Search Committee. I am deeply grateful to the search team for their tireless dedication and commitment. I would like to acknowledge Ms. Laskey for jumping into her new role with both feet on the ground and literally she has been up and running since September 6th. She is motivated to advance IAFN as a global organization. She has been busy reviewing policies and procedures and giving them a fresh look. Sally’s long time collaboration with IAFN related to convening the first national SANE Coordinator Symposium, managing the NSVRC SANE Sustainability Project and Mobile App, and supporting SAFE TA as well as the development of the National Pediatric SAFE Protocol has assisted her in fostering the mission of the IAFN—and she was already invited to Vice President Biden’s house for a meeting!!

As we enter 2017, I would like to welcome all the newly elected Board and Commission members: Susan Chasson, Stacy Coleman, Trisha Sheridan, Hannah Pressler, Jacqueline Callari-Robinson, Jean Cheek, Catherine Rossi, Ellen Johnson, Joyce Williams, and Elizabeth Riley.

It has been an honor to serve you as President and a valuable experience for me.  I look forward to working with you in 2017 under the leadership of the incoming IAFN President Liz Louden.

I would like to wish a Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, and Joyous Kwanzaa to all my dear friends and colleagues. May this holiday season bring tons of success, good health, and prosperity to your life!

Thank you again for your dedication to the IAFN and warmest wishes for a happy holiday.



Dee Krebs MS, APRN, BC, FNP, SANE Adolescent/Adult, SANE Pediatrics, FAANP
President 2016, International Association of Forensic Nurses
NPA Region 2 Director
Family Nurse Practitioner/Director of Sexual Assault Examiner Program
Associate Clinical Instructor, School of Nursing
Department of Emergency Medicine
University of Rochester
Rochester, NY 14642


November 2016 Update

Dear Colleagues,

Thanksgiving is a time of togetherness. It is a season of giving, sharing and spending time with those who are near and dear to us. It is that time of year when we look back on all our blessings and honor those who have blessed our lives in significant ways. I know many of you have to work this holiday, including myself, and we will not be home to celebrate with our family. Thank you for working on Thanksgiving and caring for patients of trauma. Our practice can improve their lives and our own.

The majority of us were able to celebrate our profession during Forensic Nurses Week and wear purple on November 11th.  Several conferences were held across the country that forensic nurses drove to both near and far for education on domestic violence & sexual assault. Thank you for joining the IAFN in celebrating the important role forensic nurses play in health care.

At the end of Forensic Nurses Week, the Strangulation Toolkit was released. The toolkit contains a detailed guidance on assessment techniques, documentation, evidence collection with access to sample documents such as discharge instructions and policies/procedures. Thank you to the Strangulation Task Force for all your hard work and accomplishments, especially Chair, Barb Bachmeier to whom we are extremely grateful.

I would also like to thank each one of you for your dedication to our organization and the patients we serve, as we continue to expand our role as forensic nurses. We have turned our challenges into successes and have worked hard to grow the IAFN.

I am deeply thankful this year and extend to you my best wishes for a happy and healthy Thanksgiving Day.




IAFN President - 2016

Forensic Nurses Week 2016

Dear Colleagues,

Happy Forensic Nurses Week to all my colleagues across the world,

The week of November 7-11 is a time to celebrate a distinguished group of nurses. For nearly twenty-five years we have been caring for our patients’ medical-forensic needs. IAFN was started to unify forensic nurses, to foster networking, and to advocate for our profession. IAFN continually serves as a resource for all forensic nurses to promote excellence in practice, education, and research.

Forensic nurses bring a distinctive approach to the increasing demands to care for victims of violence. Public policy advocacy is provided to advance the profession, establish forensic standards, and to advocate for access to forensic nurses. Let’s celebrate all the progress forensic nurses have made throughout the last few decades. This year’s planning guide provides many tools including a sample press release to help raise awareness.

Thank you for the expert and compassionate care you provide patients every day.  You are vital to the healthcare response to violence.

Remember to wear lilac—our color—all day, Friday, November 11th.



IAFN President - 2016


August 2016 Update

Dear Colleagues,

I’m pleased to share the exciting news that Sally Laskey has been named the new Chief Executive Officer of the International Association of Forensic Nurses.

Sally comes to IAFN with 25 years of violence prevention and victim services experience, most recently serving as Outreach Director for the National Sexual Violence Resource Center. She brings with her 20 years of non-profit management experience focusing on sexual violence.

Ms. Laskey has served on expert panels regarding multidisciplinary response to sexual violence and the development of training standards for professionals working to end sexual violence for the U.S. Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Division of Violence Prevention, Office of Justice Programs, Office for Victims of Crime, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, U.S. National Institute of Justice and Department of Defense Joint Task Force for Sexual Assault Prevention and Response.

She currently serves on the Peace Corps Sexual Assault Advisory Council. Sally’s long time collaboration with IAFN related to convening the first national SANE Coordinator Symposium, managing the NSVRC SANE Sustainability Project and Mobile App, and supporting SAFE TA as well as the development of the National Pediatric SAFE Protocol will assist her in advancing the mission of the IAFN. Her first day at IAFN is September 6th.

I’d like to extend a sincere thank you to IAFN’s CEO, Education Director and Past President Jennifer Pierce-Weeks. She served as an admirable leader during this time of transition. I look forward to her continued work with IAFN.

As always, thank you for your continued partnerships with and support of the IAFN. We are very much looking forward to what lies ahead!.



IAFN President - 2016




May 2016 Update



Dear Colleagues,

2016 has begun, and continues to be, a transition year for the organization. Organizational transition years are typically stagnant with no progression or depression in growth.  Under the leadership of Interim CEO Jen Pierce-Weeks, with her organizational knowledge, our transition has been smooth and orderly, and in fact we have accomplished a considerable amount. I would like to highlight just a few of our recent accomplishments:

  • Two technical assistance grants were submitted for consideration with the Office on Violence Against Women;
  • The Board of Directors had their annual retreat and drafted updates to the strategic plan with an updated plan coming out in the fall of this year;
  • The Education Department released the SANE-A and SANE- P Certification Prep Guide;
  • The Forensic Nurses Scope and Standards of Practice were updated and submitted to ANA where they are currently under review;
  • A draft update of the joint ENA/IAFN position statement “Adult and Adolescent Sexual Assault Patients in the Emergency Setting” was developed and put before membership for review.

As a membership organization, much of our work is accomplished through volunteerism. We cannot thank enough the members chairing and attending the many committees active within the organization. The Strangulation Task Force has been hard at work on a position statement and other documents useful to the practicing clinician. These documents are currently under review by the Board. The Suspect Exam Task Force has also been working on a position statement. The newly formed Membership Committee, chaired by Sheila Early, is beginning to introduce members to all of us through “Spotlighting a member.” And the Program Planning Committees has developed what will be a fabulous conference line-up for Denver September 29th through October 2nd.Watch your mail for the registration brochure. Looking forward to seeing you all there!


While this gives you some of what’s going on, you can always look to the website for more up-to-date committee activities at

Lobby Day in April was a success thanks to the Government Affairs Committee and Board of Directors. Patrick Cooney of the Federal Group, IAFN's lobbyist, spoke to us about bills and upcoming US legislation and funding priorities affecting our members, nurses, patients, forensic scientists and anti-violence organizations. While on Capitol Hill we were able to advocate, educate, and promote forensic nursing.  Members of the Board and Committee had meetings with their legislative representatives and IAFN took a position on a variety of issues including the Justice for All Act and the recently passed Sexual Assault Survivors Rights Act (passed as part of the Adam Walsh Act.  More information on our Government Affairs can be found at


While in DC, Jen Pierce-Weeks, Liz Louden and I were thrilled to attend the Victim’s Rights Awards where Attorney General Loretta Lynch announced the release of the National Protocol for Sexual Abuse Medical Forensic Examinations: Pediatric. Proudly, the Attorney General thanked the IAFN for all our help.


In April, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) report was released on “Sexual Assault: Information on Training, Funding and the Availability of Forensic Examiners.” The report highlighted five states and discussed the many challenges faced by forensic nurses, specifically with regard to a lack of support from healthcare, lack of pay, and lack of education for examiner.  As a result of this report, both legislators and news media have taken notice of this critical issue.


The search for a new CEO is well underway.  In December, IAFN hired the search firm Vetted Solutions and formed a 7 member search committee at the direction of the Board. The Search Committee represents the Board (Kimberly Womack, past-president, Liz Louden, incoming president and myself), the Certification Commission (Tara Henry), the Journal of Forensic Nursing (Annie Lewis-O’Connor), the Foundation Board (Erin Pollitt) and the membership (Susan Chasson). Now that the field of applicants has been narrowed, first round Search Committee interviews will take place beginning of June. We will keep the membership updated as the search progresses.





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