2023 Abstracts

2023 Conference Abstract Submissions are now being accepted. 


This year’s conference welcomes nurses, researchers, nursing leaders, educators, law enforcement personnel, policy makers, and all related professionals to share pressing knowledge and experiences that have implications for forensic nursing.


IAFN acknowledges that achieving equity and a racially and ethnically diverse nursing workforce will require dismantling structural racism, and these actions will improve healthcare outcomes (NASEM, 2021).


In envisioning this future together, IAFN is committed to addressing justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion (JEDI) in forensic nursing education, science, and practice. In creating this compassionate culture, you are encouraged to incorporate JEDI concepts into your conference presentation. The use of respectful, bias-free, affirming, and inclusive language positively impacts our interactions, and is necessary in creating our visioned future. For assistance with appropriate language, please follow this link.


Before submitting your abstract, click here to read the full submission and requirements guide.

Session Tracks

  • Administrative & Leadership
  • Death Investigation
  • General Forensic & Legal
  • Intimate Partner Violence
  • Multidisciplinary
  • Pediatrics
  • Psychiatry & Corrections
  • Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE)

Abstract Details

Abstracts will be accepted for three categories: 30-minute research/evidence-based practice sessions, 90-minute concurrent sessions, and poster sessions. Submissions should be prepared for presentation in one of the following areas: 

  • Theory (presenting practice or theoretical concepts as analysis or framework),
  • Practice (presenting a quality improvement project, programmatic or practice project, or case study), or
  • Research to practice (original or replication research that supports forensic nursing principles and/or applies to forensic nursing practice as an EBP project). IAFN invites both qualitative and quantitative research projects.


    IAFN is particularly interested in abstracts that increase the use or application of scientific knowledge as an evidence base for forensic nursing practice. IAFN encourages research presentations and EBP projects that focus on methodology and/or development. IAFN welcomes research presentations that are meaningful to nurses in practice, education, and research—and clinical topics that support EBP in forensic nursing. IAFN encourages panel presentations, whereby several people present on the same topic during a single concurrent session.


    Please note:  EACH PRESENTER OF A SELECTED ABSTRACT MUST REGISTER AND PAY TO ATTEND THE IN-PERSON CONFERENCE. Up to two presenters per selected oral abstract will be eligible for a discount on the conference registration fee. One presenter per accepted poster will be eligible for a discount on the conference registration fee.


    IAFN encourages students at all levels (BSN/MSN/DNP/PhD) to submit a poster presentation, specifically first-time presenters and researchers whose work is in progress. Present an early stage of a doctoral project to receive feedback from scholars and clinicians.

    • Abstracts undergo blind peer review. The review committee may ask the submitter to clarify points within the abstract.
    • To ensure the blind-scoring process, the submitter should not include any identifying author or institution information in the body of the abstract summary.
    • Each accepted presenter must agree to record audio content to their slides and/or poster in the conference platform, prior to the event.


    Need Help Preparing Your Submission?

    Watch this online webinar for guidance: Share Your Expertise! Demystifying the IAFN Conference Application (Poster & Podium). Access the IAFN Online Learning Center here (sign in to your IAFN account or create an account), then click on Course Catalog, scroll down to the webinar title, and earn 1.5 contact hours for viewing the video. To view the video with no earned credits, click here.


    The abstract summary may be a maximum of 250 words/1850 characters and it is typed directly into the online form. You can begin an abstract, save it, and return later to complete it.