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Forensic Nurses Week: November 6 -10, 2017

Forensic Nurses Week is organized by the International Association of Forensic Nurses, a professional organization of nurses who provide specialized healthcare for patients impacted by violence and trauma. We establish and provide standards of practice and education for forensic nurses. Our members have the knowledge and expertise to decrease the healthcare consequences of violence, improve patient recovery and lower healthcare costs.

To celebrate, these professionals will raise awareness in their communities by displaying posters in their facilities, educating their colleagues about the practice, and wearing lilac—the designated color of forensic nursing.


The 2017 Forensic Nurse Week Planning Guide is HERE!!

Check out all of the EXCITING resources available to help you celebrate.

  • Download one of our colorful banners to post on your website.
  • Send a thank-you note to a forensic nurse or how about a certificate of appreciation for sharing their compassion.
  • You can contact the media with our 2017 Press Release or personalize your own Individual Press Release (COMING SOON)
  • Or, email your local representative to bring awareness to the specialty.

    All of this and more are now available in the 2017 Planning Guide

    2017 Press Releases Coming Soon

    Official Press Release (International) - .PDF
    For general use in sending to local, national, and international publications.

    Official Press Release (Individual) - .DOC
    For use in honoring nurses in your community. Enter nurse's name and community.

2017 Forensic Nursing Excellence:

Call for Peer Recognition for those forensic nurses that are active members of the association--those who helps individuals and communities by providing preventive services, developing policy, influencing legislation and collaborating with other healthcare, social services, and criminal justice system professionals to enhance the care of their patients and perpetrators of violence.

Members of the International Association of Forensic Nurses witness their colleagues perform exceptional community outreach. We want to recognize these outstanding forensic nurses for bringing awareness to the specialty and compassion to their patients. Nominate your peer today.

About Forensic Nursing:

Forensic Nursing, as outlined in the Forensic Nursing: Scope and Standards of Practice, 2nd Edition is specialized nursing care that focuses on patient populations affected by violence and trauma-across the lifespan and in diverse practice settings.


"Forensic Nurses play an integral role in bridging the gap between law and medicine. They should be in each and every emergency room"

Joseph Biden, Vice President, United States
from Forensic Nursing: a Handbook for Practice

Forensic Nurses Week Resources:

  calendar and clock SANE 365 logo

SANE 365

It is time sexual assault patients receive the care they need and deserve. The clock is ticking! 



Forensic Nurses Channel on YouTube

Have you subscribed to the Forensic Nurses YouTube Channel? Check out our candid and poignant videos. Learn more about forensic nursing and share the videos with your colleagues, peers, students, your hospital and facility administrators. or community leaders. Any way you share promotes awareness and attention to the important patient care that forensic nurses provide.


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) About:

Post the image on your website, blog, or social media profile to raise awareness and show support. Download Web-ready JPG
Image of Forensic Nursing Tee-shirts Check out all the new items available in the IAFN Marketplace just in time for Forensic Nurses Week!

Send an email to your colleagues to tell them about Forensic Nurses Week. It's so easy! Just copy and paste this sample text into an email.

Contact your Policy Maker and tell them that Forensic Nurses Week is important to you--and how important forensic nursing is to patients. Learn how to contact your Policy Makers

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Share Your Ideas

Let us know how you celebrate Forensic Nurses Week. We want to share your ideas, suggestions, videos, and photos with other Association members on Facebook and on the IAFN website.


Have suggestions for future Forensic Nurses Week themes and activities? Email your information and ideas to Marisa Raso.


Join us on Facebook for Forensic Nurses Week! Become a fan of our page and share your stories, pictures, or videos. Follow the conversation on Twitter at #FNWEEK and join our celebration of you!

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