October/December 2017 - Volume 13 - Issue 4

  • Cindy Peternelj-Taylor, MSc, BScN, RN, DF-IAFN
    University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, SK, Canada
  • 1556-3693
  • 1939-3938
  • Quarterly
  • 0.603

It is hard to believe that the 25th anniversary of the Annual International Conference on Forensic Nursing Science and Practice, that was held October 11-14, in Toronto, Ontario, has come and gone.  From all accounts, the conference was a great success.  Thought provoking keynote speakers, informative breakout sessions, and numerous opportunities to network with likeminded colleagues.  Next year’s conference will be held October 24-27, 2018 in Reno, Nevada. 

I would like to remind everyone about Forensic Nurses’ Week, November 6-10, 2017. Organized by the International Association of Forensic Nurses,  the theme for this year is  “Forensic Nurses:  Vital in the Heatlhcare Response to Violence”. For further information, and ideas for how to celebrate and plan for Forensic Nurse’s Week, please see http://www.forensicnurses.org/news/371090/2017-Forensic-Nurses-Week-Planning-Guide-is-Available.htm

We are still accepting papers for the special issue on Social Justice and Forensic Nursing being planned for 2018.  Please be sure to submit your papers by  December 1, 2017.

Cindy Peternelj-Taylor


Call for Authors -- Special Issue:  Social Justice in Forensic Nursing -- Deadline December 1, 2017

The Journal of Forensic Nursing is currently seeking original articles, review papers, and case reports for a special issue to be published in 2018 highlighting research and scholarship related to social justice issues and forensic nursing. Researchers, clinicians, educators, and others whose work interfaces social justice, violence, issues in criminal justice, and forensic nursing, are invited to submit articles. 

We are particularly interested in the following suggested topics, however other topics of relevance to forensic nursing will also be considered:

  • Special considerations in vulnerable populations
  • Trauma informed care
  • Advocacy
  • Role and responsibility of the nurse in social justice
  • Access to care
  • Policy implications
  • Social determinants of health
  • Ethical practice
  • Health equity
  • Application of social justice principles in practice
  • People with complex healthcare needs
  • Social justice and nursing education

All submissions should explicitly connect to forensic nurses and forensic nursing practice. 

Special Guest Editors:
Sr. Rosemary Donley, PhD, APRN, FAAN
Professor, Jacques Laval Chair for Social Justice
Duquesne University School of Nursing

Alison M. Colbert, PhD, PHCNS-BC
Associate Professor
Duquesne University School of Nursing


Authors are requested to indicate in their submission letter that they wish their manuscript to be considered for the special issue on Social Justice in Forensic Nursing.  For further information please contact Dr. Alison Colbert at colberta@duq.edu or Editor-in-Chief, Professor Cindy Peternelj-Taylor at cindy.peternelj-taylor@usask.ca.

The Journal of Forensic Nursing is a peer reviewed journal, published quarterly by Wolters Kluwer. For detailed information regarding instructions for authors and submission guidelines please visit http://www.editorialmanager.com/jfn/


Cindy Peternelj-Taylor

Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Forensic Nursing

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