Membership at Work - Committees

Please email: if you are interested in joining a special interest group.

The chair of the committee will contact you. Committee comment often require 4-6 hours per month of time. These are volunteer committees.


Membership committee is open to AFN members interested in working together to provide benefits for members, review policy and procedures relating to members, nominations for awards election of officers and many other things that benefit the members of AFN.


The education committee supports the development of educational initiatives promoting the continued development of forensic nursing. This committee also plans for all the regional conferences each year. Be part of this committee no matter where you are located.

Death Investigation

Special Interest Group

The medicolegal death investigation special interest group supports the forensic nurse examiner in the application of their knowledge, training and experience within the medicolegal death investigation setting. 

Adult Trauma, Domestic Violence & Strangulation

Special Interest Group

Traumatic injury is caused by various forces from outside of the body, which can either be blunt or penetrating (sharp). Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a form of nondegenerative acquired brain injury, resulting from an external physical force to the head (e.g., fall) or other mechanisms of displacement of the brain within the skull (e.g., blast injuries).

Mass Disaster

Special Interest Group

A manmade or natural disaster in which so many persons are injured that local emergency medical services are overwhelmed and/or destroyed. This may include an unanticipated, unexpected event of calamitous proportions that it causes widespread injury or death.


The Academy of Forensic Nursing Journal Club (AFN Journal Club) meets monthly and discusses current the scientific research applicable to forensic nursing practice, focusing on one of three pillars in the forensic nursing theoretical framework (Lynch, 1991): forensic nursing science, forensic science, and legal science. The AFN Journal Club amasses an evidence table each year for forensic nursing practices with research using qualitative analysis, mixed methods, and quantitative research, explaining the publication and helping nurses at all levels of nursing to apply the published evidence to their forensic nursing practices, regardless of the setting. We expect the AFN Journal Club to help build the next generation of forensic nurses who are necessary to care for the most vulnerable in our communities.

Elder Abuse

Special Interest Group

Intentional injury in older populations is not screened, and not recognized unless obvious. Typically, physical assault of elders includes hitting, slapping, pinching or sticking the older person with an object, restraints (whether chemical or binding), and failing to provide (neglect) for daily needs. Our goals are to educate and provide awareness in this specialty.

Community Corrections

Special Interest Group

Corrections nursing is the practice of nursing and the delivery of patient care within the unique and distinct environment of the criminal justice system. Therefore, the core components of correctional nursing include protecting, promoting, and optimizing the health and abilities of patients. 

Military Committee

Special Interest Group

Coming soon!


Ethical practice is a foundation of modern nursing. Effective nurses don’t just demonstrate medical competence. They adhere to certain moral principles and professional standards. One of these principles, beneficence, plays a key role in the outcome of patient care. Beneficence is valuable because it encourages a superior standard of nursing performance. It also emphasizes compassionate care and advocates for continual striving toward excellence

Ethics difference between what you have a right to do and what is right to do.”

– Potter Stewart, former U.S. Supreme Court Justice

Child Abuse

Special Interest Group

The child maltreatment special interest group supports the forensic nurse examiner’s commitment to provide evidence-based nursing care to the maltreated pediatric patient, including physical abuse, sexual abuse and neglect issues.



Special Interest Group

The Interprofessional Collaboration Committee supports the ongoing development and outreach of the Academy of Forensic Nursing by reviewing best practices, developing evidence based position statements & facilitating collaboration among professional organizations that support forensic nursing.


Special Interest Group

Cyberbullying is bullying that takes place over digital devices like cell phones, computers, and tablets. Cyberbullying can occur through SMS, Text, and apps, or online in social media, forums, or gaming where people can view, participate in, or share content. Cyberbullying includes sending, posting, or sharing negative, harmful, false, or mean content about someone else. It can include sharing personal or private information about someone else causing embarrassment or humiliation. Some cyberbullying crosses the line into unlawful or criminal behavior.


Starting a nursing research committee (NRC) begins with a vision and curiosity for learning. The vision must be tied to best practices, evidence based practice (EBP), and advancing the art and science of nursing. It should also be linked to the nursing culture at the AFN. Embedded in starting an NRC is a quest for knowledge and professional growth.

(Chair position for this committee is currently open)


Our goal is to provide evidenced-based, realistic information regarding practice for contemporary trends and issues that are challenging for forensic professionals every day.


Legal Nurse Consulting

Special Interest Group

The legal nurse consulting special interest group supports the forensic nurse examiner in the application of their knowledge, training, and experience during testimony in criminal and civil litigation for the prosecution and the defense. 

Human Trafficking

Special Interest Group

Human trafficking is the trade of humans for the purpose of forced labor, sexual slavery, or commercial sexual exploitation for the trafficker or others. This may encompass providing a spouse in the context of forced marriage, or the extraction of organs or tissues, including for surrogacy and ova removal. Human trafficking can occur within a country or trans-nationally.

Immigration-Foreign Nationals

Special Interest Group

The Foreign Nationals committee is committed to establishing initiatives that embrace principles of forensic nursing in the care of victim seeking asylum, as well as T and U Visas, and immigration relief from torture and abuse.