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Welcome to the Academy of Forensic Nursing (AFN)!


We’re glad you found our website. We want you to know more about the what, the why, and the planned future of the Academy of Forensic Nursing.

In early 2018, a cadre of leading forensic nursing scholar/practitioners –collectively representing 500 years nursing experience and 240 years of forensic nursing practice – convened. They sought to elevate the model and standards of their profession.

These dedicated professionals established the Academy of Forensic Nursing, with the mission of linking research to practice through the dissemination of scholarship, education and service to those affected by and responding to trauma.

A similar vision was articulated in 1992 by Virginia Lynch, the founder of Forensic Nursing. She said then that forensic nurses combine the nursing, forensic, and legal sciences to bring safety, medical treatment, and justice to patients who suffered trauma.

AFN recognizes the need for collaboration among the entire team of those protecting, treating, and advocating for trauma victims. Forensic nurses, physicians, attorneys, advocates, law enforcement and other first responders are all welcome to both AFN membership and to participation in the work of AFN.

Science shows that trauma profoundly impacts the health and longevity of the persons who have experienced it. Forensic nurses can be leaders in working with healthcare professionals, families, communities, and systems to provide a compass and a map charting the path to evidence-based, compassionate care. AFN seeks universal acceptance of the full scope of forensic nursing practice, applied across the spectrum of trauma care.

We invite your input as we expand this fledgling website and organization to embrace all nursing practices. We encourage your participation in AFN, through feedback, sharing of information, and through joining us as a member.

If you have questions, comments, or suggestions for website content or programs, please email me at

Diana Faugno President, Academy of Forensic Nursing

Diana Faugno
President, Academy of Forensic Nursing