2016 Election Results

election results


President Elect 2016 –
Ellen Johnson was elected by unanimous vote



“I haveellen been actively involved in the MN IAFN since its inception. I have served on the education committee, first as a member and for the last 2 years as Chair of the committee. I care deeply about caring for victims of violence and have been doing so for 40 years as an ER nurse. I currently focus on my work with sexual assault victims and have been a SANE since 2002, and have served as the Supervisor of the Regions SANE Program since 2005. I feel I have the best job in the world because I get to care for patients who have been sexually assaulted, as well as support the nurses who do this work. I enjoy teaching and have Co-coordinated the SANE course along with Karine Zakroczymski of the Allina program since 2006. I also enjoy working with community partners such as Advocacy and Law Enforcement. I am especially interested in trauma informed practices and helping incorporate these concepts community wide. I firmly believe that the best predictor of future performance is past performance and would like to continue serving the Chapter in the role of president elect.”
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January 14, 2016 Education


January 14, 2016  6:30-8:30 pm 

Education Event – speaker to be announced – topic will be
The Intersection of Mental Health and Sexual Assault

In the Community Room at the Uptown Lunds & Byerlys 
1450 W Lake St
Minneapolis MN 55408

(612) 825-2440

Snacks and drinks will be provided

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

Clinical Skills Lab March 4-5, 2016

 New MN IAFN logo4

 IAFN Clinical Skills Lab Training

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 March 4 and 4, 2016 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 adult and adolescent 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 location
Regions Hospital Simulation Center, 7th Floor
640 Jackson St
St Paul, MN 55101

Cost $500
16 CEU’s

Limited scholarships for this training may be available through the Office for Victims of Crime for SANEs who work directly with crime victims.  Awards will be made based on need, to applicants whose organizations have insufficient funds to support their participation.  Please visit the OVC TTAC Web site to apply: https://www.ovcttac.gov/views/HowWeCanHelp/dspPDscholarship.cfm.   Scholarship applications must be received 60 days before the event.  I am sorry about the short time line for the application.  If scholarships are awarded participants could be reimbursed for expenses up to $1000.  SANEs should not wait for a response to their scholarship application to register and pay for the course since it will likely be filled by then.



MN IAFN Chapter News for 2016


January 14, 2016  6:30-8:30 pm 

Education Event – speaker to be announced – topic will be
The Intersection of Mental Health and Sexual Assault

In the Community Room at the Uptown Lunds & Byerlys 
1450 W Lake St
Minneapolis MN 55408

(612) 825-2440

Snacks and drinks will be provided

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  Eidie Ales room
(call in to the meeting, if you are unable to attend in person)
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 mnforensicnurses@gmail.com with suggestions for topics/speakers
Time: 1830-2030
When: 2nd Thursday, odd months

* January 14th – Uptown Lunds & Byerlys  Topic – Intersection of Mental Health and Sexual Assault 
* March 10th
* May 12th
* 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 kristijo_22@hotmail.com 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 mnforensicnurses@gmail.com. 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    Ellen.M.Johnson@healthpartners.com

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 (kari@mncasa.org) with any questions.

Education September 15th 2015 in Hudson WI

Wisconsin & Minnesota IAFN Chapter Meeting

September 15th 2015 

Register and more information: melissa@stcroixvalleysart.org

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 ellen.m.johnson@healthpartners.com 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
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