MN IAFN Chapter News for 2016


Everyone is welcome to attend meetings – they are a great way to network!

In 2016 the Board and Education committee meetings will be combined.

Where: Regions Hospital  (room location TBA)
Time: 1600
When: 1st Monday, even months

* February 1, 2016
* April 4, 2016
* June 6, 2016
* August 1, 2016
* October 3, 2016

2016 Education events (2 CEUs)

Where: TBA – various locations in metro area
Topics: TBA – email with suggestions for topics/speakers
Time: 1830-2030
When: 2nd Thursday, odd months

* January 14th
* May 10th
* September 8th
* November 10th

We will also plan a summer social event,  date TBA

On December 1st ballots will be sent to Minnesota members for open Board positions and bylaw changes. Results will be posted on January 1, 2016


Holiday Party

holiday party





Please join me in some holiday fun!

What: 2015 Holiday Party for Forensic nursing Professionals

When: Thursday, December 10th from 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Where: Riverview at Upper Landing – Spring Street, St Paul, MN

Details: A variety of drinks, appetizers and treats will be provided.

Please RSVP to Kristi Jarvis at 612-819-4109 or by 12/1/15

November 12, 2015 “Building Your Toolbox for Resiliency”

Please Join us for our Annual MN IAFN Chapter Board Meeting and Education. If you would like to be on the Board or would like more information, please email us at The position of President -Elect is open for 2016.



November 12, 2015

Unity Education Building
620 Osborne Rd NE
Fridley, MN 55432

6-7:00 pm Dinner and Social Hour

  • Dinner and wine will be provided

7-7:30 pm Board Meeting

  • MN IAFN Chapter year-end review
  • Introduce candidates for open Board positions
  • Voting begins November 13, 2015

7:30-8:30 Education

  • “Building Your Toolbox for Resiliency” –  Susan Bluedorn, RN, BSN, MA
  • 1 CEU


“Building your tool box for Resiliency” will be presented by Susan Bluedorn, RN, BSN, MA.

Susan is currently the Learning and Development Manager with Allina Health at Unity Hospital.
Ms. Bluedorn is an experienced health care leader with a proven track record of innovation and improvement. She continuously re- invents education providing optimal learning opportunities  Successful leadership experiences within a variety of healthcare operations settings including Education/Training, Human Resources, and large system special project teams in inpatient and outpatient settings.

MN IAFN Education September 24, 2015

Improving our response to our GLBTQI clients

 2 CEU’s, $10
September 24, 2015
6:30-8:30 PM

Please RSVP

Regions Hospital Lindell Conference Room
640 Jackson St       St Paul, MN

Damion Mendez, Trans Health Advocate
Yukiko Nakajima, Nurse Practitioner
Family Tree Clinic

Many GLBTQQI victims of sexual assault hesitate to seek treatment.  Learn how to create a welcoming environment and decrease barriers for our GLBTQQI clients.  Come and get your questions answered by professionals who are experts in caring for this population.

Regions Hospital (640 Jackson St, St Paul, MN 55101), Lindell Room, located in the Emergency Medicine Offices on the 2nd Floor, around the corner from the Overlook Café.  Follow signs posted.

SANE Training in October



SANE Training
Sponsored by SVJI@MNCASA

October 5-9, 2015

Best Western Capitol Ridge Hotel
St. Paul, MN

Flyer for the SANE training 

Don’t miss this special opportunity! 

Registration is FREE* with a $125 fee for breakfast, lunch, and snacks provided throughout the week.

Space is limited to 25 nurses with priority given to nurses practicing in MN.

Registration Info will be available soon—stay tuned!

*Each registrant will have to provide a $200 placeholder fee to reserve their spot. This money will be returned to participants who attend the full training.

Email Kari Ogrodowski ( with any questions.

Education September 15th 2015 in Hudson WI

Wisconsin & Minnesota IAFN Chapter Meeting

September 15th 2015 

Register and more information:

Hudson Hospital Conference Room,
405 Stageline Road, Hudson, WI.
(715) 531-6000

0830-0900 Continental Breakfast and Networking

0900 Welcome by the WI-IAFN and MN-IAFN Leadership

0915-1015 Dr. Christopher Babbitt: Insights into providing forensic evaluation and care to SA victims with mental health issues/history

1015-1045 Morning Break

1045-1200 Lizzi Kampf:  Crisis intervention with adolescent & adult victims of sexual violence

1200-1300 Many places for lunch nearby

1300-1345 Lizzi Kampf: Considerations when working with inner city victims experiencing sexual and/or interpersonal partner violence

1345-1400 Discussion by both chapters: Additional considerations (victim needs, victim resources) when caring for victims that cross state lines for forensic nursing services. “How do we improve our response and care?”

1400-1500 State Chapter Membership Business Meeting

Hotel info Super 8 Hudson, 808 Dominion Drive, Hudson, WI. 54016 Phone 715-386-8800

Ask for WI-IAFN Block of rooms      $85-$89

On the 14th the night before the meeting, Melissa and Courtney will give a tour of their facility from 1700-1800

August 3, 2015 Education Committee Meeting

August 3, 2015 Education Committee Meeting, Edie Ales Conference Room 1600-1800

Parking vouchers are available for all non-Regions nurses to encourage attendance.

If anyone would like to call in to the meeting let Ellen know at so she can arrange a conference line.



  1. June 25 Evidence Room tour and networking event feedback
  2. September 15 Hudson, Wisconsin Education event
  3. September 24 Education Event
  4. November 12 Board meeting/Education event ideas
    1. Sarah Edstrom, MN Indian Women’s Resource Center, willing to speak on how to better serve Native American clients
    2. Allison from JWRC willing to talk on self care
  5. Next Education Committee meeting October 5, 4-6 pm Edie Ales Conference Room

KARE 11 Report on Untested Kits in Minnesota

MINNEAPOLIS – A joint investigation by USA Today, KARE 11 and other TEGNA stations nationwide reveals that tens of thousands of rape kits – including many in Minnesota – have never been tested, even though they may hold potentially valuable DNA evidence that could identify criminals or exonerate the innocent.  watch the KARE 11 report, the report features a SANE nurse from Minneapolis.

Unity, Allina Health SANE Position

The Unity Sexual Assault and Forensic Nurse Program is looking for nurses who have a sincere interest in helping patients who are experiencing acute violent encounters in their lives. This is a great opportunity to develop and/or improve forensic nursing expertise.  If you are caring and non-judgmental this position may be of interest to you. Excellent communication, nursing assessment, and critical thinking skills are essential. This position is casual and requires 48-64 hours of call per month depending on previous forensic nursing experience. Special consideration will be given to candidates who have taken the 40 Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner course. Please apply on-line at  Positions will be found under the Unity Hospital, Fridley site and are posted as Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners

Volunteers Pack Survivor Kits For Sex Assault Victims

A group of women is committed to restoring dignity to the victims of sexual assault, reports Jennifer Mayerle (3:04). WCCO 4 News At 5 – May 29, 2015
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