April 24, 2015 Shining the Light on Evidence Conference


Shining the Light on Evidence: Reality and Myth
April 24, 2015      8:00-4:30 PM
Saint Paul Bureau of Criminal Apprehension

This conference will be of interest to Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners,
Advocates, Law Enforcement officers, Prosecutors, and others who
serve victims of sexual assault.


Registration:  Registration starts at 7:30 AM 
Cost: $50, ($40 for MN IAFN members)
Register Online  

Or Send check payable to MN Forensic Nurses
PO Box 40096, St Paul, MN 55104

Space is limited   Conference Flyer please post!  Conference Brochure for list of speakers 

Location: Bureau of Criminal Apprehension
1430 Maryland Avenue East  St Paul, MN 55106
Parking is limited.  Spaces available in clearly-marked Student Parking on the
west side of the building.  Free street parking is available near the BCA.
Do NOT park in Employee Parking,

Continuing Education:  POST Credits, CLEs and Nursing CEUs provided.

Refreshments: Continental breakfast, break refreshments and lunch will be served.

Hotel: Country Inn and Suites St. Paul
6003 Hudson Rd Woodbury, MN 55125     651-739-7300
Mention the conference to get the BCA rate of $83/night
Stay up to 3 nights at conference rate.
Free shuttle to and from conference at BCA

This education event is sponsored by the MN Chapter of the International Association of Forensic Nurses.  We thank the BCA and the speakers for the generous contribution of their time and expertise.  For questions, contact mnforensicnurses@gmail.com





Conference at the BCA April 24, 2015

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“Shining the Light on Evidence: Reality and Myth” at the St Paul BCA on April 24, 2015.

Speakers from the BCA and Law Enforcement will speak to the many ways evidence impacts Sexual Assault Cases.  Paul Schnell, Maplewood Chief of Police, will provide the Keynote focusing on the importance of collaboration “Better Case Outcomes: As simple (and difficult) as stronger connections”.


Info will be available soon regarding registration.  This conference will be of interest to SANEs, Law Enforcement, Prosecutors, Advocates, and others who serve victims of sexual assault.  $50 ($40 for MN IAFN Members), includes lunch and break refreshments

February 26, 2015 MN IAFN Education


Improving our Response to Adolescent and Teen Victims
of Sexual Assault and Sexual Exploitation

Laurel Edinburgh, MSN, CNP
Midwest Children’s Resource Center   St Paul, MN

2 CEU’s, $10 member, $15 non-members, Free for Advocates
February 26, 2015
6:30-8:30 PM
Regions Hospital Lindell Room

Please RSVP


We encounter youth who have experienced sexual assault and/or who may be at risk for sexual exploitation. Learn how to identify these youth and the services available for them.

Words matter. Laurel will discuss ways to promote resiliency in youth during our interactions and to build on their strengths. She will discuss the benefits of trauma informed approaches and the importance of follow up that leads to lifetime health benefits. Come and learn from a leader in the field and to join in the discussion. 

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 Cafe.  Follow signs posted.

Forensic Conference

Conference is in Kansas City, MO
Sponsored by St Luke’s Health System
For more information, call Saint Luke’s Concierge at 816-932-5100

2015 Presentations Include:

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SANE IAFN Clinical Skills Lab


IAFN Clinical Skills Lab Training

Have you taken the 40 hour SANE* course (SANE A or SANE P) but still need experience performing medical forensic exams for adult/adolescent sexual assault patients?  If so, this 16 hour IAFN Clinical Skills Lab February 20 and 21 is for you.

This 16 hour Clinical Skills Lab will provide the nurse hands on Sexual Assault Examination training with live models.  The Skills lab includes training and practice on pelvic speculum insertion, interviewing, evidence collection and handling, and photography.  The Skills Lab will provide training and practice with developing a plan of care, discharge/safety planning, and risk assessment for STI’s, pregnancy, and HIV with discussions regarding options for prophylaxis of each.  Anoscopy will also be demonstrated.

This Clinical Skills Lab is designed to provide clinical practice to nurses who are new SANEs or SANEs who have not had the opportunity to perform many exams.  The Skills Lab will increase the nurse’s skill and confidence with performing medical forensic examination of the sexual assault patient.

For more info contact Ellen Johnson, Supervisor of the Regions Hospital SANE program.  Ellen can be contacted through email or by phone, ellen.m.johnson@healthpartners.com, 651-254-1611.  Registration info is attached.

Clinical Skills Lab Flyer  Clinical Skills Lab Registration

Clinical Skills Lab location

Regions Hospital

640 Jackson St

St Paul, MN 55101

Cost $450

16 CEU’s

*Any nurse who has attended a SANE course (either SANE-A or SANE-P) may attend the skills lab.  However, the Skills Lab focuses on the adult and adolescent patient.  Most of the concepts in the Skills Lab will also be pertinent to pediatric patients (evidence collection, handling, photography, and more).  The skills stations would have material relevant to the adolescent patient, but may not be relevant to the pediatric patient.

SANE A Training

Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner Course
 January 12-16, 2015 

Unity Hospital
Unity Education Building
620 Osborne Rd NE
Fridley, MN 55432
763 236-4172 (Karine Zakroczymski’s office)

SANE Course Co-Coordinators/Program Planners
Ellen Johnson, RN, SANE-A, CEN, CPEN Regions Hospital, SANE Program Supervisor
Karine Zakroczymski, RN, BSN, SANE-A Unity Hospital SANE Program Manager

This 40 hour, 5 day course is designed to give the nurse basic knowledge
of the role of the SANE nurse.
SANE Training Brochure

MN IAFN Chapter Annual Meeting

2015 annual meeting

 Monday January 19, 2015

5:00-6:30 pm   Dinner, networking and socializing
Full dinner catered by Cossetta’s

6:30-7:00 pm   Annual Business Meeting
Year-in-review, introduction of new board members
and 2015 goals

7:00-8:00 pm “From victim to survivor to SANE Nurse, one woman’s Journey” 1 CEU

Riverview Apartments at Upper Landing
360 Spring Street 
 Party Room – first Floor, there will be signs!
St Paul  MN 55102


$10 MN IAFN Chapter member
$15 non-member

Join the MN IAFN Chapter* at the door and get your dinner free!!
Pay by cash, check or credit card at the door

(*Must be IAFN member to join MN Chapter)

If you RSVP and are unable to attend,  please email us so we don’t order more food than needed.

2015 Board Election Results


Hello MN Forensic Nurses,

I was selected as a non-board member to send out the election survey tool for our chapter 2015 Board Elections and to post the results.

Almost 50% of the MN IAFN Members voted (18/38) and a total of 3 emails went out to the members to encourage them to vote.  (No reminder email was sent once the member voted- those survey tools are very smart).

Congratulations to the winners:

President-Elect:  Linda Walther

Secretary/Treasurer:   Angela Carlson

Director-at-Large:   Beck Borrud

Next year’s board will include the 3 members listed above plus Paula Johns as the 2015 President and Kristi Jarvis as the Immediate Past President.

As members, let’s actively join in to advance the practice of Forensic Nursing across the state.  We are stronger together and the work load is lighter if spread among many.


Ellen Johnson
Education Committee Chair MN IAFN

Next Chapter Board Meeting Scheduled For:

Date: December 1, 2014
Time:   6:30 (meeting start)
Location:  Private residence

**All are invited to attend**
Please RSVP to Kristi Jarvis at  kristijo_22@hotmail.com for information and directions

MN IAFN Chapter Call for Nominations

MN IAFN Chapter Call for Nominations

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It is that time of year again.  We want to hear your voices and we want
you to play a role in the Chapter. The 1st of the year marks the start date for
the new Chapter Board of Directors, but we have THREE vacancies that need to be filled.

  • Kristi Jarvis will be Immediate Past President
  • Paula Johns will be President

Here are the vacancies that we need filled —- and we need YOU to fill them!

President Elect:

  • In the absence or disability of the President, perform the duties and have the authority and exercise the powers of the President. He or she shall perform such other duties and have such other authority and powers as the Board of Directors may from time to time prescribe or as the Chapter President may from time to time delegate.
  • Attend a minimum of 75% of all meetings (Board and Education) throughout the year.
  • Please note, while the President Elect holds their position for one, they move into the role of President for one year, and the Immediate Past President role for one year, serving for a total of three years.

Secretary/Treasurer: (Combined Role)

  • Record all votes, actions and the minutes of all proceedings, using a designated template.  If an absence from a meeting is expected, communicate such absence to the Chapter President in order for a temporary Secretary/Treasurer to be delegated at that time.  All meeting minutes will be compiled within 14 days of chapter meetings and submitted to individual responsible for website in order for minutes to be published.
  • Provide notice of all meetings of the Chapter Board of Directors to the Chapter.  Communication of such meetings will occur between Chapter Secretary/Treasurer and individual responsible for Chapter e-mail, website, and other social media.  It is the responsibility of the Chapter Secretary/Treasurer to ensure notification of meetings is posted within 7-30 days prior to all meetings.
  • Ensure proper custody of the chapter funds and securities and ensure full and accurate accounts of receipts and disbursements of the chapter are kept and ensure the deposit of all monies and other valuables in the name and to the credit of the chapter into depositories designated by the Chapter Board of Directors.
  • Ensure the funds of the chapter are disbursed as ordered by the Chapter Board of Directors, and ensure that financial statements are prepared at such intervals, as the Chapter Board of Directors shall direct.
  • Perform such other duties and have such other authority and powers as the Chapter Board of Directors may from time to time prescribe or as the Chapter President may from time to time delegate.
  • Attend a minimum of 75% of all meetings (Board and Education) throughout the year.
  • The Secretary/Treasurer of the Chapter shall serve for a term of two (2) years.

 Director at Large:

  • Will perform such other duties and have such other authority and powers as the Board of Directors may from time to time prescribe or as the Chapter President may from time to time delegate.
  • Attend a minimum of 75% of all meetings (Board and Education) throughout the year.
  • The Director at Large of the Chapter shall serve for a term of two (2) years. 
  • Those eligible for Board positions must be Members of the MN Chapter of IAFN and in good standing, with all dues currently paid.
  • Each Chapter Board Member shall take office at the start of the next calendar year (January 1, 2015).
  • No Chapter Board Member who has served three consecutive terms shall be eligible for re-election until at least one (1) year has elapsed.
  • This is currently not an issue for our Chapter.  Our positions were two-year terms and the Chapter has only been present for five so this does not currently apply to any current and/or past Board Member.

If you would like to nominate yourself or another member for one of the above open positions, please call or e-mail Kristi Jarvis at kristijo_22@hotmail.com or  call 612-819-4109.
Please provide the following information:
Name of individual
Brief background
Where they practice as a SANE/Forensic Nurse
How long they have been practicing as RN & SANE/Forensic Nurse
Education background and any other you want to provide, etc.
Position you are nominating them for, Why you feel they would be good for the position

Please provide all nominations to Kristi no later than December 1, 2014.  At that time, an online voting ballot will be sent out to all Chapter Members in good standing to vote.  A two-week window for voting will be provided.

Please note, the new Board Members will take office beginning January 1, 2015.  A Chapter Annual Meeting, discussing the year in review and looking forward to 2015, will be held in January.  This meeting will also provide an opportunity to introduce the new Board of Directors to the Chapter.  A light meal as well as education will also be provided (more details forthcoming).

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