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2023 Pennsylvania Chapter Board Member Elections!

Be a part of the future of the IAFN and the Pennsylvania chapter! Here is a rundown of the open positions. We would love to hear from you regarding what position you might be interested in. We would also love to tell you all about our personal experiences. Click on the Officers tab above and click on a name for their email address.


The time frame for the roles are also described below, and the only criteria is that you maintain your IAFN and PAIAFN Chapter membership during the time you are in the role.


You will be expected to attend quarterly chapter meetings as well as Chapter Board meetings every other month, all of which last about an hour. There are additional monthly chapter officer round tables that the IAFN hosts that are optional but encouraged. Please let any of the other Board members know if you have any questions.


President Elect (3-4 years total term)--serve in a role to learn to fill the role of president in year 2 (and possibly year 3) of the term, with a final year as the immediate past president, fill in for the president in their absence, represent the chapter, oversee chapter and board meetings.


Treasurer (2 year term)--responsible for all chapter finances, quarterly finance reports, bill paying, basic information submission for taxes.


Media Director (2 year term)--website maintenance, assist with social media postings, assistance with other media needs of the chapter.


Education Director (2 year term)--oversee educational initiatives sponsored by the chapter, oversee selection of scholarships awarded by the chapter and sharing of other educational opportunities, oversee a committee who helps with the planning of educational activities We may look at having two individuals share this role.

If you are interested in any of the aforementioned roles, please contact Karin at with the following:

1. name, place of employment, current forensic nursing role/s

2. leadership role/s you are interested in

3. why are you interested in this role and/or what experience do you have that has prompted your interest in the role?

4. any concerns about meeting the aforementioned participation requirements?

Events and News for the PA IAFN Chapter


Monday, October 30, 2023, 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

PAIAFN will be hosting an in-person training for providing courtroom testimony to forensic nurses. We are excited to host the evenet at the Conference Center on the grounds of Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center:

30 Conference Drive, C Street, Hershey, PA 17033


Wednesday, October 4, 2023 10:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

This three-hour program will discuss the crime of alcohol and drug-facilitated sexual assault (AFSA/FSA) and its impact on victims, law enforcement, and society. The challenges of this crime include the many different drugs that are used, the reporting of the crime, proper evidence collection, and the analyses of specimens collected from alleged victims. Strong, central nervous system depressants are typically used to commit DFSA and focus will be on their effects on and how these drugs create difficulties in the investigation.


Please join us for a FREE presentation:


Forensic Nurses’ Role in Legal Proceedings

Presented by: Jonathan Kurland, Esquire, Aequitas

Friday, November 2, 2022 10:00 – 12:00 p.m.


·        Creating a CV for court

·        Overview of the criminal justice process

·        Fact vs. Expert witness

·        Prep for testimony by case type: DV, SA, Stalking, HT, and Strangulation

·        In the courtroom: direct questioning; cross-examination; judge’s instructions

·        Testimony using research and statistics

·        Overcoming typical defenses

·        SANE as a defense witness

·        Expert testimony regarding victim behavior


This activity has been submitted to the International Association of Forensic Nurses for approval to award 2 contact hours.  The International Association of Forensic Nurses is accredited as an approver of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. 

To receive a CEU certificate, participants must be present for the entire webinar and complete a course evaluation.

Sign into Members' area for Zoom information.

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On Wednesday, August 3, 2022, from 12:00 p.m. to 1:15 p.m, the PA Chapter of the IAFN, in coordination with the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape (PCAR), will be hosting a meeting for Pennsylvania SANE program coordinators (or their designees). Click for more details.

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July 22

The chapter board is excited to announce that the following members have been awarded scholarships to the 2022 IAFN Conference:

Virtual conference recipients:
  • Rachel Clark, UPMC North Central PA
  • Lydia Beers, Meadville Medical Center    
In-Person conference in Dallas, TX:
  •  Lacey Hartman, Geisinger Lewistown Emergency Department

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