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The International Association of Forensic Nurses (IAFN) Foundation began in 2008 with funds from IAFN’s original Nightingale Committee.  Beginning in 1999, the Nightingale Committee established guidelines for the distribution of funds, and created a committee of nursing scholars with interest in promoting both forensic nursing and expansion of forensic nursing research. 

Charitable status was granted in 2010, and the IAFN Foundation now holds its own 501(c)3 non-profit status.

The IAFN Foundation currently awards scholarships to the yearly International Conference on Forensic Nursing Science and Practice through the IAFN Scholarship Program.


The mission of the IAFN Foundation is to promote the professional values of forensic nursing by supporting forensic nurses and ongoing advancements in nursing practice through scholarships for professional education and equipment grants for programs that demonstrate financial need.


IAFN Foundation Educational Scholarships were established to promote global excellence in forensic nursing through education, information sharing and networking. The Scholarship Program provides financial assistance to members and other forensic nurses from around the world who might otherwise be unable to attend the IAFN’s Annual International Conference on Forensic Nursing Science and Practice. 

For more information or to apply, visit the Scholarship pages.

The  Forensic Nursing Documentary promises to be the film that will inspire, motivate and cause people and communities to act to ensure that their community has forensic nurses.







2019 Foundation Board of Directors


Nicole Stahlmann, President
Jocelyn Andersoni, Treasurer
Heidi Holmes, Secretary

Sarah Bristol, Director at Large

Sherry Britton-Sustino, Director at Large

Polly Campbell, Director at Large

Tracy Pozar, Director at Large

Ivy Strong, Director at Large
Joyce Williams, Director at Large





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