Patron Award

This award will recognize one individual outside of nursing who has contributed significantly to the advancement of Forensic Nursing. The award recipient will have displayed knowledge of the benefits of the science of Forensic Nursing. No more than one award will be made each year. (This award has combined and replaced the Vision Award)  


  • The nominee does not have to be a member of the IAFN.
  • The nominee has demonstrated consistent leadership in support of the IAFN and the practice of Forensic Nursing.
  • The nominee has contributed significantly to the development and success of community or educational programs that teach or promote Forensic Nursing.

Past Patron Award Winners

2022 – Heather DeVore 2021 – Roger Canaff 2020 – No Awards Given 2019 – Leslie Hagen 2018 – Sasha Rutizer 2017 – Paula Broome 2015 – David Bernard 2014 – Katherine Melhorn 2011 – Diane Daiber 2010 – Debra Patterson 2009 – Joe Henderson 2007 – Donna Hathaway 2005 – Dr. Jeff Jones 2005 – Debbie & Robert Smith 1999 – Patricia A. Peterson