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About Us

We are an international membership organization comprised of forensic nurses working around the world and other professionals who support and complement the work of forensic nursing.

Our Mission

To provide leadership in forensic nursing practice by developing, promoting, and disseminating information internationally about forensic nursing science.

Our Values

  • Access to forensic nursing care

  • A world without violence

  • Fidelity to patients

  • Responsibility to the public

  • Obligation to Science

  • Respect for colleagues

  • Commitment to social justice

Our Vision

Forensic nurses will be universally recognized as the essential component of healthcare’s response to violence & trauma.

Envisioned Future

The International Association of Forensic Nurses is the recognized authority on forensic nursing.  The Association is the catalyst for universal access to forensic nursing care for patients impacted by violence and trauma. Its members are sought out by the public, policymakers, media, governments and worldwide healthcare systems for their expertise and knowledge. The Association and its members are valued for their collaborative leadership across systems. The Association defines and advances the global research agenda to enhance nursing’s evidence based response to the needs of forensic populations. Regulatory bodies and certifying agencies look to the Association for guidance on setting standards of care for forensic nursing services in a variety of settings.  The Association serves as a global network for forensic nurses to exchange ideas, serve as mentors and enhance their practice.

"IAFN brings the system together. By linking the clinical care with forensic care, the result is better outcomes for patients."
-Linda Ledray, R.N., Ph.D., SANE-A, FAAN and Founding Member

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