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Welcome to the President's Corner

 

    

Liz Louden RN, BN, MSN, SANE -A

February 2017 Update

 

Dear IAFN Members:
 

As I connect with and meet so many of you, I am reminded of the strength in partnership when we work to achieve common goals. This year it is more important than ever that we be able to articulate our message: all patients deserve access to forensic nurses.

Let me encourage and welcome you to our upcoming Leadership and Lobby Days this April. Learn how to craft your message. Learn how to use your voice. Register today.

Leadership and Lobby Days are a wonderful opportunity to learn, connect and feel empowered. I hope that you all consider the event, as one of a kind, with the chance to network, a window for learning and achievement.

Please join us
April 3rd and 4th on Capitol Hill.



Liz Louden RN, BN, MSN, SANE -A
President 2017
International Association of Forensic Nurses

 

January 2017 Update

 

Dear IAFN Members:
 

I would like to join in wishing you a very Happy New Year. For those of you who do not yet know me personally, I am Canadian, live close to Niagara Falls, have four grown sons (of whom I am very proud), three lovely daughters-in-law, a brand new grandson and another due in March.

 

As we all close the door on 2016 and celebrate the incoming year of infinite possibility, we pack away our Christmas or other holiday decorations, we make resolutions to prepare this year to be the very best (certainly better than the last), we are reminded of many of the important aspects of both our work and our personal lives.  For me, as I think about 2017 and our profession, the common theme of teamwork comes immediately to mind.  As members of this organization, we strive to make our teamwork both effective and efficient. As your President, I choose to accept both the privilege and the responsibility to improve our membership organization, to make a difference. I am honoured to continue the leadership so effortlessly shown by my predecessors, who have left tremendously large shoes to fill.

 

We have so much to do, and so many thoughtful, talented people to do it. Our grant initiatives, partnerships with other organizations, focus on the importance of public policy, increasing membership with a focus on international members, improving the education we offer to you, and encouraging more research will continue while we will remain vigilant in ensuring our patients’ voices are heard. Expect to see a new educational offering directed at leadership and connected to our annual visit to Capitol Hill.


From politicians seeking to reduce access to full reproductive health care options and criminal justice professionals admonishing rape victims for not simply “keeping her legs crossed”, to the on-going backlog of thousands of forensic evidence kits going unsubmitted and untested, we as frontline providers to victims of sexual assault and domestic violence have to continue to be diligent and proactive this coming year.


I look forward to a productive year with you.  I encourage you to reach out, support one another, and to share - be communicative, open and involved.

Liz Louden RN, BN, MSN, SANE -A
President 2017
International Association of Forensic Nurses



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