The International Association of Forensic Nurses-Wisconsin (WI-IAFN) Chapter’s purpose, is to practice and promote the profession of forensic nursing in national and international settings (as taken from the IAFN Articles of Incorporation). The mission of the IAFN is to provide leadership in forensic nursing practice by developing, promoting, and disseminating information internationally about forensic nursing science.
What is Forensic Nursing?
Forensic Nursing: The application of the nursing process to public or legal proceedings, and the application of forensic healthcare in the scientific investigation of trauma- and/or death related abuse, violence, criminal activity, liability, and accidents (Lynch & Duval, 2011).
Forensic Science: The forensic sciences are used around the world to resolve civil disputes, to justly enforce criminal laws and government regulations, and to protect public health. Forensic scientists may be involved anytime when an objective, scientific analysis is needed to find the truth and to seek justice in a legal proceeding (American Academy of Forensic Sciences, 2010).
Clinical Forensic Practice: The application of medical and nursing sciences to the care of living victims of crime or liability-related accidents (Lynch, 2013).
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