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Meet the 2018 MN IAFN Board

MN IAFN Board of Directors 2018
Amy Schmitz 
Amy Schmitz RN, BSN, PHN
Amy has worked for the Allina Forensic Nursing Program for 6 years and HCMC SARS program, 4 years.  She currently holds a permanent position with the Allina Forensic Program as the Lead Nurse for the program. Most of her background is worked in Emergency Nursing for 9 years, ICU for 1 year at Allina Health.  Amy’s goals for 2018 is to grow her skills within the Forensic Nursing Field and make every effort to form a relationship with Forensic Nurses in the State of Minnesota to work together to make the care we provide our patients the best it can be!
President Elect
Alisha Blazevic
Alisha Blazevic, RN, SANE-A
Alisha believes every person presenting for care after a sexual assault deserves the expertise and compassion of seeing a SANE. She has practiced SANE nursing for over ten years and is currently the Lead SANE for PAVSA, the Program for Aid to Victims of Sexual Assault in Duluth. Alisha holds a Bachelor’s degree in Nursing and has worked as a Registered Nurse for 16 years. She is excited to continue the growth of SANE knowledge and practice not only in the Duluth region but throughout Minnesota.
Immediate Past President
Ellen Johnson 
Ellen Johnson RN is a certified SANE-A, CEN, CPEN nurse.  She has been with the Regions Hospital SANE Program since it began in 2002, and it’s Supervisor since 2005.  She has been an ER nurse since 1976, and has worked at Regions for 30 years.  Ellen is very interested in providing education for SANEs as well as our community partners and the public.
Barb Kern-Pieh
I have an alphabet soup following my name on my professional signature!  I received my B.S. degree in Family Life and Health, followed by RN, Then MSN as a CNM (Certified Nurse Midwife).   I practiced in Women’s health and Midwifery for many years.  During that time I have been honored to be a teacher to many of the SANE’s in training – on the art and science of speculum use. In 2004 I began to provide direct care as a SANE.  In  2010 I became the Clinical Care Supervisor of the Sexual Assault Program at HCMC.  In 2015 I retired so that I could expand my clinical practice into Advanced Forensic Nursing with the Allina Program, and I work with the Child Advocacy Center -“CornerHouse”.   CornerHouse is the Multidisciplinary agency providing services to children, adolescents,  and developmentally disabled adults, who may have been victims or witness to violence.  I also continue to be a provider at a local adolescent clinic and Minnesota now credentials us as “Advanced Practice Registered Nurse” – APRN. I was the first Treasurer for MNIAFN, and am pleased to join the leadership team again as Secretary-Treasurer.  Welcome to the alphabet! Barbara Kern-Pieh
Education Director
Linda Walther
 Linda has been a SANE at the Hennepin SARS program since 2007 and in 2015 started working with the Regions SANE program as well.  She is both SANE-A and SANE-P certified.  Linda currently has a grant funded position with MNCASA as the Lead SANE consultant for the Medical Forensic Exam Access Project, where she has additional opportunities to reach out to nurses and hospitals throughout the state and improve their care of sexual assault victims.

2018 Education Event and Annual Meeting

January 11, 2018

6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

6:30 pm – 7:00 pm – Annual Business Meeting
7:00 pm – 8:30 pm – Abby will talk about her journey from victim to survivor.
Abby will also talk about her work on sexual assault legislation.


Regions Hospital
640 Jackson St, St Paul, MN 55101
Room C 2000

Free Parking vouchers available

Dinner and beverages provided

1.5 CEUs

Free to MN IAFN Members and advocates
$10 for non-members – pay now with our secure PayPal
account or pay by check at the event. If you don’t have a
PayPal account you can pay by credit card.

Clinical Skills Labs in 2018

Course Dates: Saturday and Sunday 0730-1630

February 17 and 18, 2018
April 28 and 29, 2018
September 29 and 30, 2018

Have you taken the 40-hour SANE course but still need experience performing medical forensic exams for adult/adolescent sexual assault patients?  If so, this 16-hour IAFN Clinical Skills Lab 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, obtaining a medicolegal history, evidence collection and handling, anoscopy, 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.  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 adult and adolescent sexual assault patient.

This offering has been approved for 16.0 nursing continuing education contact hours. The International Association of Forensic Nurses is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

Course Location
Regions Hospital  Simulation Center, 7th Floor, Central Building
640 Jackson St  St Paul, MN 55101

Program Contact
Ellen Johnson, RN, SANE-A, CEN SANE Program Supervisor

Regions Hospital
Mail Stop 11901A
640 Jackson St

Registration form

Clinical Skills Training Scholarships

Limited scholarships for this training may be available through the Office for Victims of Crime. Grant applicants must document their work with victims for at least a year.  This can be work with victims in your regular roles or as a volunteer.  Most of the new SANEs who participate in a skills lab do not have a year as a SANE so you must document other work with victims and the benefit that victims will receive by the nurse attending the skills lab.  Awards will be made based on need, to applicants whose organizations have insufficient funds to support their participation.

Please visit the OVC TTAC Website to apply:   Scholarship applications must be received 60 days before the event.

Prerequisite:  The nurse must have attended a 40-hour SANE course prior to attending the Clinical Skills Lab.  This could either be a SANE-A course or SANE-P course, although the skills lab focuses on the adult and adolescent patient.  You must be a licensed RN.

MN IAFN Member in the news

Journal of Forensic Nursing® Author Feature

Dr. Carolyn Porta is primary author of the article titled *Sexual Violence Among College Students: An Examination of Individual and Institutional Level Factors Associated With Perpetration *published in the July/September 2017 issue of the Journal of Forensic Nursing. She is also a member of the Editorial Board for JFN

November MN IAFN Education Event

November 9, 2017 – 6:30-8:30 pm

Unity Education Building
620 Osborne Rd NE
Fridley, MN 55432


6:30-7:00 pm Dinner, Social Hour and 2017 Board Election Information

  • Dinner and wine will be provided
  • Introduce candidates for open Board positions
  • Voting begins November 15, 2017

7:00-8:30 Education

  • Laurel Edinburgh and the new Regional Navigator will give us an update on sexual exploitation, the role of the regional navigator,  resources, and SAFE Harbor. There will be plenty of time to ask questions.
  • 1.5 CEUs will be provided

Update on Emergency Contraception and STIs

Did you miss the MN IAFN Chapter Education Event – Update on Emergency Contraception and STIs? 

No problem! You can now view the 2 hour presentation by Kelsey Lessard DNP, APRN, CNP and receive 2 ANNC approved Contact Hours*

The Webinar is free for MN IAFN Members – email to request the password to access the webinar, the handouts and Contact Hours certificate.

Not a member?  You can pay $10.00 with PayPal link.
When you are finished paying click Return To Merchant
watch the webinar and then email to obtain the Contact Hour Certificate.


*ANCC contact hours are great for SANE certification renewal – from the IAFN Certification Renewal Handbook –  Six contact hours for SANE certification renewal must be provided by an accredited/approved continuing nursing education provider.

Clinical Skills lab

IAFN Clinical Skills Lab Training   (brochure)

Course Dates: Saturday and Sunday, September 30 and October 1, 2017, 0730-1630

Have you taken the 40 hour SANE course but still need experience performing medical forensic exams for adult/adolescent sexual assault patients?  If so, this 16 hour IAFN Clinical Skills Lab 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, anoscopy, 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.  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 adult and adolescent sexual assault patient.

Course Location
Regions Hospital
Simulation Center, 7th Floor, Central Building
640 Jackson St
St Paul, MN 55101

Program Contact
Ellen Johnson, RN, SANE-A, CEN, CPEN
SANE Program Supervisor
Regions Hospital
Mail Stop 11901A
640 Jackson St
St Paul, MN 55101

 Prerequisite:  The nurse must have attended a 40 hour SANE course prior to
attending the Clinical Skills Lab.  This could either be a SANE-A course or
SANE-P course, although the skills lab focuses on the adult and adolescent patient.
You must be a licensed RN.

MN IAFN Chapter Education – September 14, 2017

MN IAFN Chapter September Education


Kelsey Lessard DNP, APRN, CNP is a Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner at the Nucleus Clinic.
Her presentation will include information on:

The mechanism of action, efficacy, side effects, indications, and contraindications of 3 types of
emergency contraception: Ulipristal acetate (ella), Levonorgestrel (Plan B, EContra-EZ etc.)
and the Copper IUD (Paragard).

Updates to emergency contraception clinical guidelines with specific respect to BMI,
timing of hormonal birth control use, breastfeeding, and medical contraindications.

Brief overview of the current prevalence, incidence, and risk factors for sexually transmitted
infections throughout Minnesota.

September 14, 2017,   6:30-8:30 pm 
Regions Hospital room C2000 
Parking vouchers available

2 Contact Hours 




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

October 27, 2017 Conference – Behind Closed Doors

October 27, 2017

A Deeper Look Into Domestic Abuse, Sexual Assault, and the Effects of Trauma

Register        Brochure  

Cost: $130 Early bird (until August 21, 2017)
           $150  (after August 21, 2017)

Through plenary presentation and breakout sessions, participants will gain
in-depth knowledge of the multiple and complex factors associated with
abuse and trauma. 
*CEU’s, CLE’s, POST & SANE credits are being applied for.

“Behind Closed Doors” is specifically designed for Social Workers, Child Protection Workers, Teachers, School Counselors, Lawyers, Law Students, Child Custody Evaluators, Guardians Ad Litem, Parenting Consultants, Judges, Law Enforcement, Investigators, Probation Officers, Health Care and Mental Health Professionals, Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Advocates, Physicians, Nurses, and Forensic Nurses.
“Behind Closed Doors” will provide education  and training:

  • To understand the effects of verbal/emotional, physical, sexual,
    and interpersonal violence; trauma and recovery in adults and children.
  • To identify the short and long-term impact of domestic violence and
    sexual assault; emotional, mental, physical, economic, financial, and legal.
  • To understand the effects of trauma on the brain, in adults and children,
    and utilize Forensic Experiential Trauma Interview techniques.
  • To increase professional collaboration efforts of community partners in
    being able to identify, interrupt, and influence a positive change in the
    outcomes of batterers and victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, and human trafficking.


Lundy Bancroft has over twenty-five years of experience specializing in interventions for abusive men and their families. He has authored five books in the field, including the U.S.’s best-selling book on domestic violence, Why Does He Do That? and the national prize winner The Batterer as Parent. Lundy is a former co-director of Emerge, the nation’s first counseling program for men who batter and was involved in over 2000 cases as counselor and clinical supervisor. He has also served extensively as an abuse custody evaluator, child investigator, and expert witness. Lundy appears across the continent as a presenter for court personnel, child protective workers, mental health providers, law enforcement officials, and other audiences.

October 27, 2017

7:30 a.m. – 8:00 a.m. Continental breakfast and registration
8:00 a.m. – 8:15 a.m. Introduction
8:15 a.m. – 9:45 a.m. Keynote
9:45 a.m. – 10 a.m. Break
10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Breakout Session #1
11:30 a.m. -12:15 p.m. Lunch
12:15 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. Breakout Session #2
1:45 p.m.-  2:00 p.m. Break
2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Breakout Session #3
3:30 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. Break
3:45 p.m. – 4:15 p.m. General Closing
4:15 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Certificate of Attendance distribution

ASL interpreters available on request

Breakout sessions include:

Best Practices in Sex Trafficking Investigations – Sergeant Grant Snyder Minneapolis PD Human Trafficking Team & Sergeant Sean Johnson St Paul PD Human Trafficking Unit
Care of the Patient with Severe Mental Illness Who Experiences Sexual Assault
Ellen Johnson BA, RN, SANE-A, CEN, CPEN, SANE Program Supervisor Regions Hospital
Understanding Trauma: Working with Clients in Mental Health and Advocacy Roles
Shannon Goeke-Watson, PsyD
Meeting the Post-Separation Needs of Women and Children – Lundy Bancroft
Challenging Bias, Beliefs, and Assumptions – Dr. Joe Reid, LMFT
Domestic Assault by Strangulation: The Nuts and Bolts – Yasmin Mullings, Esq. Ramsey County prosecutor
Assessing Risk to Children from Men Who Batter – Lundy Bancroft
Reporting Child Maltreatment – Jennifer McConnell, Senior Child Protection Worker, Ramsey County Human Services
Understanding Trauma and Trauma Informed Interviews – Angela Carlson RN, BSN, SANE-A and Beth Roberts, Law Enforcement & Policy Specialist at MNCASA
Sexual Violence: Realities, Impact, Reactions, and Responses – Cathy Siegel Volunteer Coordinator at Sexual Offense Services of Ramsey County (SOS)
Overcoming Multicultural Issues and Barriers for Immigrant Victims of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault – Mercedes Moreno, Victim Advocate, University of MN/Community-University Health Care Center (CUHCC)
Advocacy and Legal Representation for Women in Custody Disputes – Lundy Bancroft
Protecting Children through the Family Court System – Valerie Snyder, Esq. SMRLS, Southern Minnesota Regional Legal Services
The Importance of Assessing and Documenting Strangulation in Sexual Assault Cases – Linda Walther RN, SANE-A, SANE-P Clinical Coordinator for the Statewide Medical Forensic Policy Program SVJI@MNCASA, and Charlotte Anne, Crime Victim Advocate, Survivor
The Saint Paul Blueprint for Safety: A Collective Policy to Respond to Domestic Violence Crimes – Bree Adams Bill Blueprint for Safety Coordinator and Program Director at the St. Paul and Ramsey Co. Domestic Abuse Intervention Project, Sergeant Nicole Spears St. Paul Family Violence Unit Supervisor, and Tara Patet, Esq. Prosecutor St Paul City Attorney’s Office
The ABCs of the Pediatric Sexual Abuse Medical-Forensic Examination – Kristi Jarvis BS, RN, SANE -A, SANE-P, Program Coordinator and Forensic Nurse Examiner Hennepin County Medical Center and Nancy Harper, MD FAAP, Director Otto Bremer Trust Center for Safe and Healthy Children
The Effects of Violence and Trauma on Children – Dave Matthews, PsyD, LICSW Program Manager – Children, Youth & Family Services at Cornerstone
Technology and Client Safety – Rana S Alexander, Esq., Standpoint F/K/A Battered Women’s Legal Advocacy Project

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What are my parking options at Wilder?

Free parking is available at the Wilder Center parking ramp.

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

You can get in touch with conference organizers via email ( or phone (651-564-4453).

What is the refund policy?

If you cannot attend the Conference, you may transfer your registration to a colleague or request a refund.  The deadline to receive a refund for your registration is October 13, 2017, two weeks before the conference, and is subject to $50 USD administrative fee.

For refund or transfer request please contact: or call 651-564-4453

Child Abuse Summit April 26-27, 2018

Child Abuse Summit: Tips from the Team will increase providers’ and professionals’ comfort level in identifying and treating cases of child and family maltreatment as well as in the multidisciplinary response from investigation through prosecution.

Child Abuse Summit: Tips from the Team is designed to provide medical and professionals from all disciplines with the knowledge, tools, and skills needed to properly identify and respond to all types of child and family maltreatment including physical abuse, sexual abuse, and/or neglect.  These professionals will have the opportunity to learn about child and family maltreatment within the context of a multidisciplinary team response.

When: Thursday, April 26, 2018 – Friday, April 27, 2018

Where: Millennium Hotel, 1313 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, MN

Who: The anticipated audience for this activity includes physicians, nurses, pathologists, law enforcement, attorneys, social workers, CPS workers, emergency department personnel and first responders, and all other related professionals.


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Wednesday Evening Pre-Conference – Pediatric Sexual Assault Case Review
April 25, 2018
5:00 – 7:00 pm
Wilf Family Center, University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital, Minneapolis, MN

In the preceding decade numerous advancements have been made in the arena of evaluating children for concerns of sexual abuse which has placed many more tools in the toolkit for healthcare professionals performing these examinations. Throughout the case studies and image review, the learner will be exposed to: varying presentations that cloak child sexual abuse, appearance of genital structures in children, the appearance of traumatic genital findings as well as non-traumatic findings that may mimic abuse. In addition, the learner will be given tools from the laboratory that can greatly impact the overall impression when evaluating a child for sexual abuse. The interactive case study and image review will assist the learner in what they might do if they were walking in the shoes of the responsible medical provider.

The Child Abuse Summit 2018 is Presented by the Department of Pediatrics, University of Minnesota
Credit Information:
Up to 16.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit
Up  to 16.5 ANCC contact hours
Up to 16.5 continuing education hours; Minnesota Board of Social Work
Applications have been made for additional categories of continuing education credit.
The website will be updated upon approval.
View website for complete accreditation information.
* Credit amounts listed above reflect attendance at both the Pre-Conference and the General Session.