More than just nurses — Specialized group recognized

Posted by on Nov 8, 2010 in Local News & Alerts | 0 comments

WHILE many people think the solution to violence occurs in police stations, courtrooms and prisons; there is a dedicated group of nurses who understand “Violence is a Health Care Issue.”

Forensic Nurses are lead responders to victims of violence and abuse once they enter the healthcare system.

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On November 8-12, the International Association of Forensic Nurses (IAFN) will celebrate “Forensic Nurses Week” to recognize the nurses who provide exceptional care to survivors and perpetrators of abuse and violence.

Studies show that nearly 40 percent of people are impacted directly or indirectly by violence or abuse,” said Marie Marino, president of IAFN.

“There are over 3,000 forensic nurses working around the world to provide the specialized care these survivors need.

“This week nurses and professionals working in forensics will be recognized for the critical work they do.”

During Forensic Nurses Week, IAFN will recognize the nurses who focus every day to make a difference in the lives of men, women, and children who have experienced the physical and emotional trauma of violence.

Sue Pedro, Judith Brewster, Gaynell Hayward and Olga Carmichael, are trained professionals on the front line locally, ensuring survivors of violence receive compassionate care while vital forensic evidence is collected and preserved.

Let us salute them as they lead the healthcare response as members of SART (Sexual Assault Response Team).

To support this effort, the IAFN re-launched its official website,, created a YouTube video series called Forensic Nursing Stories, and dedicated the latest of its newsletter, On The Edge, to Forensic Nurses who provide exceptional patient care.

Forensic Nursing is the fastest growing nursing subspecialty.

Forensic Nurses are professionals who provide nursing care to patients as Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners, Death Investigators, Legal Nurse Consultants and in many other roles where survivors of violence require the specialized care of a nurse.

For more information about forensic nursing, please view the IAFN website at or SART at 694-4137 or

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