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Poster Abstract Submission Site Is Now Closed

Deadline for submission: May 7 

Conference Session abstract submissions are closed.



Please read and consider the following information carefully before submitting your abstract. 

Submission link is below.


Learning Outcome

After attending the 2018 International Conference on Forensic Science and Practice, participants will report increased knowledge about the current state of the science in forensic nursing, concepts impacting the future of forensic nursing, strategies to influence the future of forensic nursing and the global response to violence, the risks and benefits of technological advances as they relate to forensic nursing and issues of violence and incorporating evidence-based strategies into forensic nursing practice.


Call for Abstracts

Presentations of cutting-edge forensic nursing research and practice are the cornerstone of the Conference.  This year’s conference is aimed at offering opportunities for nurses, researchers, educators, law enforcement, policy makers, and all related professionals to share important knowledge and experiences related to forensic nursing.


Abstracts are invited for two categories:

  1. 90-minute concurrent sessions (Submissions are CLOSED)
  2. Poster sessions

Submissions should be prepared for presentation in one of the tracks listed below, and can be:

  • Theory (presenting practice or research from an analytical point of view),
  • Practice (presenting practice strategies or a case study), or
  • Research to practice (original or duplicative research supporting forensic nursing principles combined with their application in forensic nursing practice).

Both qualitative and quantitative research projects are encouraged.

Of particular interest are abstracts that will increase the use or application of scientific knowledge as a basis for forensic nursing practice. Research presentations focusing on methodological and/or development of technological aspects of research are invited. Research presentations that will be meaningful to nurses in practice, educators, and other researchers are encouraged. Clinical topics should support evidence-based practice in forensic nursing. You are also encouraged to assemble and submit panel presentations, whereby several people present on the same topic during a single concurrent session.


Concurrent Sessions 

  • Abstracts will undergo peer review and initial scoring will be blinded; you may be asked to clarify points within your abstract by the abstract review committee.
  • Please do not include any identifying author or institution information in the body of your abstract summary for purposes of a blind scoring process.

Poster Sessions

  • Have you developed a new forensic nursing project?
  • Do you have research in progress?
  • Do you want to share your ideas with colleagues?

A poster presentation is a great option! Poster sessions allow presenters to network with peers one-on-one, exchanging ideas and learning from one another outside the traditional conference sessions.

We also encourage students at all levels (BSN/MSN/DNP/PhD) to submit poster presentations. This is a great way to share your ideas, present early stage doctoral work, and get feedback from scholars and clinicians.

  • Posters will be judged, prize(s) awarded, and be available for viewing throughout the conference. Authors will be asked to present their data before an audience at a dedicated session scheduled during the conference.
  • We specifically encourage poster submissions from students, first-time presenters, and researchers whose work is not yet complete.

Tracks for Concurrent and Poster Sessions

  • Administrative & Leadership
  • Death Investigation
  • General Forensic & Legal
  • Intimate Partner Violence
  • Multidisciplinary
  • Pediatrics
  • Psychiatry & Corrections
  • SANE

Track Descriptions

Administrative & Leadership:

Abstracts will contribute to the development of innovative or effective nursing strategies to foster Forensic Nursing Programs in educational, clinical, and administrative settings. Abstracts which promote professional and leadership skills for the forensic nurse clinician, manager, administrator, or entrepreneur should be submitted to this track.

Death Investigation:

Appropriate abstracts would be those that contribute to the understanding of death investigation. Abstracts could be focused on evidence collection, the nursing needs of the decedent, family/witness survivors, and/or community/social needs as they pertain to death investigation systems, death investigation techniques, post-mortem assessment, and research.

General Forensic and Legal:

Abstracts in this track will address general forensic nursing knowledge and the legal aspects of forensic nursing that apply across all specialties. Abstracts should apply to nursing practice, forensic skills and competencies, expert and lay testimony, the criminal and civil justice system, consulting and marketing of forensic services, and collaboration with other legal professionals to assist clinicians in delivering state-of-the-art forensic care.

Intimate Partner Violence:

Abstracts in this track should offer opportunities for forensic nurses to build on current skills and competencies to improve the health care response to intimate partner violence. Authors will describe intimate partner violence prevention and intervention work as it pertains to their expertise, and discuss the roles nurses can play in responding to and ending intimate partner violence.


Abstracts will share knowledge and expertise about cutting-edge topics of interest to multidisciplinary partners, including but not limited to nurses, researchers, educators, and criminal justice professionals.


Forensic nurses will build on current skills and competencies to improve the forensic management and health care response to child maltreatment. Abstracts of an innovative program or a promising practice issue, concept, or strategy in forensic pediatric nursing are invited for this workshop track.

Psychiatry & Corrections:

Abstracts in this track will highlight current issues in Forensic Psychiatric and Correctional nursing and the care of clients in these services. Abstracts should address practice and policy issues on psycho-social, legal, physical and mental health matters that draw out the unique contribution of nurses to this field that are innovative, research- or practice-based.

Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE):

Forensic nurses will build on current skills and competencies to improve the forensic management and health care response to child, adolescent, and adult patients who present for care following sexual assault/abuse. Abstracts addressing innovations in service delivery, excellence in patient care, and new research findings as applied to clinical practice are suitable for this track.

Who Should Submit an Abstract?

  • Forensic Nurses and Students
  • Nurse Administrators
  • Nurse Researchers
  • Nurse Educators
  • Professionals in disciplines related to forensic nursing
  • Law enforcement
  • Corrections
  • Legal professionals
  • Program Administrators

Only abstracts that conform to the guidelines will be accepted:

  • Abstracts must be submitted in the online format provided.
  • Submissions must be completed by the February 12, 2018 deadline for concurrent sessions or May 7, 2018 deadline for poster sessions.
  • Abstracts must maintain a standard of excellence, including appropriate acknowledgement, citation of sources, and any IRB approval.
  • Abstract revisions after the final date are not permitted. You will be able to make revisions until the final submission deadline using the username and password you create.
  • Promotion or endorsement of commercial products must be declared.
  • Use of session audience for research or data collection must be declared in your abstract summary.
  • All required forms (Biographical/Conflict of Interest Form and Education Planning Table) must be filled out for each presenter/author and submitted with the complete abstract.
  • Abstracts submitted with incomplete objectives, content outline, teaching methods, or speaker information will not be considered.
  • Abstracts submitted to other conferences may also be submitted for consideration for The International Conference on Forensic Nursing Science and Practice. (Presenters are responsible for adhering to the submission exclusivity/privacy guidelines of those conferences.) 

Evaluation Criteria for Abstracts, Posters and Papers

  • Quality and originality
  • Potential significance to the development of forensic nursing theory, concepts, policy, and/or evidence-based clinical practice or education
  • Relevance to contemporary issues and events in forensic nursing
  • Clarity of communication of ideas

Abstract Withdrawal

If you wish to withdraw your abstract after submission, written notification to IAFN via e-mail, fax, or letter is required. Notification should include the abstract title and the name, phone number, and email address of the author(s). Please do so in a timely manner so that IAFN may find a replacement abstract.


Statement of Liability

Authors are responsible for obtaining all necessary permission and clearance for all research prior to submission. The Association assumes no liability or responsibility for any material that is submitted. Abstracts submitted assign all rights, titles, and interests to the Association. This does not prevent or preclude the presenter from using his or her content in another venue or for a future educational opportunity. The content presented at the Annual Conference is solely owned by IAFN and cannot be used without the Association’s prior written permission.


All submitters will receive a confirmation of acceptance or non-acceptance by late-April for concurrent sessions and early-July for poster sessions.  Notifications will be sent to the primary presenter through email only.

Additional Information

Please be sure to provide the email address that you most frequently use as all correspondence will be conducted via email.

Travel & Registration Information

Presenters are responsible for providing their own hotel and travel accommodations for the Conference. All primary presenters and co-presenters are required to register their attendance for the Conference. All Conference meals provided by IAFN as well as access to all sessions and events, including keynotes and exhibits, are included in your registration fee.  You can include the acceptance of your abstract on your CV or use it for promotional purposes related to your research.


If you have questions regarding the submission of conference presentation abstracts, please contact

NOTE: All Abstracts must be submitted online.

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