Journal of Forensic Nursing

Editor-in-Chief: Cindy Peternelj-Taylor, MSc, BScN, RN, DF-IAFN
University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, SK, Canada
ISSN: 1556-3693
Online ISSN: 1939-3938
Frequency: Quarterly
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This is certainly a busy time of year, as such I will keep my comments brief. There are two items however, that I want to draw your attention to. First of all, I want to take the opportunity to acknowledge the 2014 Journal of Forensic Nursing articles of the year; and secondly, I would like to highlight a Hollywood movie entitled Concussion.    

It gives me great pleasure to acknowledge and congratulate the recipients of the 2014 Articles of the Year!  Award winning manuscripts were selected by members of the Editorial Board based upon their innovation, significance, approach, potential impact and overall writing.  Award recipients were acknowledged during the International Association of Forensic Nurses’ Award Ceremony at the Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek, on October 28, 2015. Links to these articles are on the right.

On December 25, 2015, the movie Concussion starring Will Smith as noted forensic pathologist Dr. Bennet Omalu will be released.  Dr. Omalu first discovered chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) in American football players (it is also common in other athletes who have suffered brain injuries). The movie, a David and Goliath type story,  profiles the true account of his struggle to report his research findings in the face of one of the most powerful sports organizations in the world.  At its most basic, CTE is defined as a progressive degenerative brain disease that is found in athletes and others who have experienced repetitive brain trauma.  The symptoms of CTE can mimic other brain diseases such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and frontotemporal dementia, with symptoms evident in one’s cognition, mood, and behavior.  The Journal of Forensic Nursing, previously published Dr. Omalu’s work in 2006, 2010 and 2011.  The implications of CTE for forensic nursing at the primary, secondary and tertiary levels on prevention are immense.

We will continue to publish original articles, review articles, and case reports of relevance to forensic nursing.  Who knows? Perhaps another Hollywood blockbuster of relevance to forensic nursing will emerge.

Cindy Peternelj-Taylor


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