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Forensic Nursing Scope and Standards Task Force

At the heart of our practice lies a foundational document: Forensic Nursing: Scope and Standards of Practice, written by members of IAFN and co-published in 2008 by IAFN and the American Nurses Association (ANA). In 1995, ANA recognized forensic nursing as a specialty. As leaders in this specialty, we now are called upon to review, and if necessary, update and revise the original document.

About the Project and Task Force

Committee Name:  Scope and Standards Review Task Force

Purpose:  To review the current edition of Forensic Nursing: Scope and Standards of Practice and determine what content, if any, to update or revise.


  1. Review the document

  2. Formulate and submit recommendations for changes to the IAFN Board

  3. Once approved, submit changes to the American Nurses Association (ANA) and respond to ANA inquiries


  1. Hold first meeting by August 31, 2013

  2. Review ANA supporting documentation

  3. Review document and develop plan for revision by September 30, 2013

  4. Conduct optional in-person meeting at the Annual Conference (October 2013)—for attendance, no IAFN financial support is available

  5. Update the document by June 30, 2014, and submit to the IAFN Board (delayed to February 2015)

  6. Once the IAFN Board approves the document, post it for member comment

  7. Review all member comments. Submit final recommendations to the IAFN Board by Spring 2015

  8. Once the IAFN Board approves the final draft, submit the revised Scope and Standards to ANA and respond to questions, if any.

Members:  The Committee Chair and the 7-8 committee members will reflect the diversity of forensic nursing subspecialties within the IAFN membership.

Member Selection Process:  The IAFN Board will appoint the Committee Chair. Committee members shall be selected through an open call for volunteers among the IAFN membership.

Length of Committee Membership Term:  Until the project is completed in approximately 18 months (draft to be submitted to the ANA in December 2014).

Decision-making:  Consensus decision-making for final recommendations to the IAFN Board and the ANA.


  • Frequency--Monthly until the final document is submitted to IAFN Board; thereafter, as needed

  • Method--Conference Call

  • Communication--Use of Member Community, access to email, and telephone

Reporting Responsibility:  Quarterly and as requested by the IAFN Board

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