WI IAFN Elections

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The following individuals have accectped nominations for the 2019 Board of Directors and will be placed on the 2019 Election Ballot. For WI-IAFN members who can not be present to vote, absentee voting is now open! Please email your name, member ID and email address to wisconsiniafn@gmail.com. You will receive a email with a link to a anonymous ballot to complete.

Secretary: Term January 1, 2020 to December 31st, 2021 

Candice Aspen, RN, SANE-A

Mayo Clinic NWWI

My name is Candice Aspen and I am running for the Wisconsin IAFN 2020 secretary position. I have been a registered nurse with Mayo Clinic NWWI for 16 years with 11 of those years in the ER. I have recently taken a house supervisor position at Western Wisconsin Health and continue to to be a SANE covering the Mayo NWWI hospitals.

In my role as an ER nurse it became apparent that we were not giving the care to our victims of crime that they deserved. That they deserved to have specialized nurses available when they come in seeking help. They deserved to have a nurse educated in providing evidence based practice to meet their forensic, investigative, medical, security/safety, and emotional needs – and also to be trained in legislation and legal proceedings. As a crime to ones body is one that requires multiple resources and disciplines to decrease the significant post traumatic responses that occurs when our patients do not get appropriate care and follow up.

I knew that I had to do better, we had to do better as an ER and as an organization. In 2014 I took the SANE – A didactic course and began practicing in our newly developed Mayo NWWI SANE program. In 2016 I went on to complete the SANE – P didactic and have been working with all patient ages and spectrums covering the NWWI Mayo facilities responding to wherever our patients present.

And just recently I took and passed my SANE – A certification test.

I feel I would be a great addition to the board as a secretary as I am highly organized and detail oriented. I would also like to assist in developing future SANE certification preparation courses to better assist and prepare our Wisconsin SANE’s to take the certification exam as we have so few certified in our state.

In the future I would like to advance to other roles in the Wisconsin IAFN chapter and feel starting as secretary will assist me in developing more insight and experience as to the needs of our SANE nurses in order to proceed.

My favorite thing about being a SANE is empowering my patients. When they leave in a better state then when they arrived. When they simply say ‘thank you’. It’s truly our patients that I thank though for being brave enough to trust me, to come forth and tell me the details of what brought them in. –

I look forward to hopefully being chosen to serve on the Wisconsin IAFN board in 2020 as a secretary and continuing to make a difference on a bigger scale.

Director at Large: Term January 1, 2020 to December 31st, 2021 (2-year Term):

Lindsay Ginger, MSN, RN

Waukesha Memorial Hospital

Greetings all! Lindsay here. Thank you for considering me for Director at Large for our chapter. I would be proud to represent IAFN, get more involved in the WI chapter and gain more experience in forensic nursing.

A little about me. I began my nursing career near my hometown at Millikin University in Decatur, IL, where I earned my BSN. From there I began working as a critical care nurse and later a Clinical Resource Nurse (rapid response/code team leader and stroke nurse) at St. Joseph Medical Center in Kansas City, MO. Upon returning to IL some years later I have continued to work in various leadership and supervisory roles such as Administrative Supervisor and Director of Nursing leading me to pursue an advanced degree. I graduated Summa Cum Laude from Southern Illinois University in 2014 with an MSN in Healthcare and Nursing Administration.

My family recently moved to WI for my husband’s job about 2 years ago. As I searched for a new place to continue my passion for nursing, I found the SANE role, and I knew it was something I had to do. I pride myself on being a staunch advocate for patients and for my attention to detail making becoming a SANE a perfect position for me. I completed the SANE training in October 2018 and have absolutely loved learning and growing as a forensic nurse at Waukesha Memorial Hospital. Again, thank you for your consideration and support. I look forward to serving our chapter in this capacity and other roles in the future.

Terri Fugate, RN

Southwest Health

I have worked for Southwest Health since May of 1992 when my husband and I chose Platteville as an area to call home and raise children in.  I immediately began working for Southwest Health and worked in many areas.  In February 2012 I accepted the position of Director of the Emergency Department/Urgent Care at Southwest Health. 

In February 2013 I launched a SANE program at Southwest Health.

In July, 2013 we began a SART (Sexual Assault Response Team), Paula Schoenberg from Family Advocates is our Chair person and I serve as the Vice Chair person.  This group meets every other month and continues to be strong and routinely has an attendance of 20-25 people. 

In October, 2014 I was officially seated as a Board Member for Family Advocates.  I currently am seated as the President.

In April, 2015 I received the Voices of Courage Award for Health and Human Services from WCASA (Wi Coalition against Sexual Assault) for my work with Sexual Assault.

In May, 2015 I received the Rural Health Ambassador from Rural Wisconsin Health Coop for my work with Sexual Assault. 

In April, 2017 I received the Distinguished Alumni award from Southwest Technical College for my work with Sexual Assault.

I continue to be a very active member of the Rural Wisconsin Health Cooperative SANE roundtable including involvement on planning and presentation of annual SANE refresher classes. 

I have attended the Hellen Kelly conference four times and have found them to be very beneficial to my growth as a Forensic Nurse.  Now that I have support from my Chief Clinical Officer (also a SANE trained nurse) I would like to expand my involvement with WI-IAFN. 

Amanda McCann, BSN, RN

My name is Amanda McCann and I am a registered nurse.  I completed my associate degree in 2004 and my baccalaureate degree in nursing in 2014.  I am currently completing my masters in forensic nursing with an expected graduation day of summer 2020.  

The bulk of my career has been spent in the emergency department, with a few years of ICU, transplant, and dialysis intertwined. My heart lies with trauma nursing though. In February I was approached about the SANE program and decided to attend. I love learning and this was something I knew nothing about. Little did I know I would be so fascinated with forensic nursing. It was that class that prompted me to change my education plan in the forensics direction. 

I am currently completing the pediatric SANE course and working closely with my SANE coordinator and team members to gain experience and confidence within this nursing specialty. I would like to formally put my name in the running for the Director at Large of the Wisconsin Chapter of the IAFN. I feel that the position presents a lot of personal learning and growth potential as well as offers me the chance to apply my 15 years of trauma nursing experience to a new patient population.

President Elect: Term January 1, 2020 to December 31st, 2022 (3-year Term)

Carmen Vazquez, BSN, RN, SANE-A

Marshfield Clinic Health Systems

My name is Carmen Vazquez and my partner, children, and animals live in the country in Auburndale. I have been a nurse for 10 years. My main position is private duty nursing in which I care for children that are vent-dependent and have various special needs. I have been a forensic nurse for almost 2 years and just recently got SANE-A certified. I never thought I would be doing this type of work but went to a human trafficking conference with my best friend and something in me just changed. I don’t know what it was that changed in me that day but I intend to continue working and contributing to forensic nursing as long as I can. I am in school for my FNP and would like to continue with a post-master’s certificate in forensic nursing. 

I truly believe that things happen for a reason and that we don’t choose where to go in life but life chooses for us. I also believe we should never stop learning no matter what. Being president elect would allow me to learn even more from my fellow forensic nurses and continue to grow and advance in my professional life. I enjoy meeting new people and fighting for what is right. It is important to me to advocate for those who have no voices. If one life ends up better from the work we do then we are doing something right.

Genevieve Kane, MSN, RN

Marshfield Clinic Health Systems

Originally from the Milwaukee, WI area, my husband and I moved to Marshfield, WI two and a half years ago.  I currently serve as the Forensic Nurse Program Manager for Marshfield Clinic Health Systems.  I have helped to solidify our Marshfield, WI program and I chair our Central Wisconsin Area Sexual Assault Response Team for Wood and Clark Counties.  I am actively working towards implementing forensic nursing services at our other area hospitals.  Aside from growing as a forensic nurse, in this role I have gained experience writing business plans, writing for small grants, budgeting and general program management.  Prior to moving to Marshfield, I worked in community health for Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin. In this role, I helped manage the healthcare needs of Milwaukee’s largest Head Start and Early Head Start program.  Many of the families were victims of violence and I received further training in areas such as trauma informed care, motivational interviewing and vicarious trauma. I have a graduate certificate in Public Health from the University of Missouri-Columbia and a Master’s of Science in Nursing as a Clinical Nurse Leader from Marquette University.  I am currently on the Documentation and Protocols Committee and look forward to becoming more involved in the SANE Sustainability Work Group through AG SART. I am passionate about forensic nursing and would love the opportunity to serve the WI-IAFN as a Director at Large.